Dilbert’s distributor cut ties with comic strip creator Scott Adams over his remarks about race

Scott Adams, Dilbert’s comic strip creator, probably experienced his biggest reaction. Recent Comments on Race When distributor Andrews McMeel Universal announced Sunday that it would no longer work with cartoonists.

Andrews McMeel Chairman Hugh Andrews and CEO and president Andy Sareyan said in a joint statement that the syndication company was “severing ties” with Adams.

On the Feb. 22 episode of his YouTube show, Adams described black people as members of “hate groups” that white people should “get away with.” Various media publishers across the country condemned the comments as racist, hateful and discriminatory, and said they would not provide a platform for his work.

Andrews and Saleyan said that while Andrews McMille supports free speech, the comments made by the cartoonist are at odds with the Kansas City, Missouri-based company’s core values.

In a statement posted on the company’s website and Twitter, it said, “We are proud to promote and share many different opinions and perspectives. However, we stand by comments rooted in discrimination and hate. Never will,” he said.

The author of a long-running comic that pokes fun at office culture has defended himself on social media against those who said they “hate me and cancel me.”

The backlash against Adams followed comments about “real coffee with Scott Adams.” Among other topics, Adams used his YouTube show to reference a survey of his reports by Rasmussen, who asked if people agreed with the statement, “It doesn’t matter if you’re white.”

Most agreed, but Adams noted that 26% of black respondents disagreed and others were unsure.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the phrase went viral in 2017 as a trolling campaign by members of the discussion forum 4chan, but has since started being used by some white supremacists.

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Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert, poses for a portrait with Dilbert’s character at his studio in Dublin, California, October 26, 2006.

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Adams, who is white, repeatedly referred to blacks as members of “hate groups” or “racist hate groups” and said he no longer intends to “help black Americans.”

“Based on the current situation, the best advice I can give white people is to stay away from black people completely,” Adams said on Wednesday’s show.

In another episode of his online show on Saturday, Adams said he emphasized that “everyone should be treated as an individual” without discrimination.

“But you should avoid groups that don’t respect you, even if you have good people in the group,” Adams said.

Dilbert had already been dropped by several media outlets at the time of the announcement from the distributor.

“Following racist comments by Scott Adams, we have made the decision not to publish the Dilbert comic strip in international print,” said spokesperson Daniel Rose Ha. new york times Who said Dilbert was published in international print editions, but not in US editions or online.

Washington Post said it would stop publishing Dilbert in light of “Scott Adams’ recent statements promoting isolation,” but the strip could not prevent its future run in print.

los angeles times citing Adams’ “racist comments,” Dilbert announced on Saturday that it would be discontinued for most editions on Monday, with its final run in preprinted Sunday comics set for March 12. bottom.

San Antonio Express – NewsUnder Hearst Newspapers.

USA Today network .

plain dealers in cleveland and other publications that are part of media company Advance Local have also announced that Dilbert will be removed.

“This is a principled decision for this news organization and the communities we serve,” writes Plain Dealer editor Chris Quinn. “We support racism.” It’s not a home for people who do, and we certainly don’t want to give them financial support.”

Christopher Kelly, Vice President of Content NJ Advance Mediawrote that the press believed in a “free and fair exchange of views.”

“But when those ideas intersect with hate speech, a line must be drawn,” Kelly wrote.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk defended Adams in a post on the platform, calling the media “previously racist against non-whites, but now racist against whites and Asians.” I’m a racist,” he said. Dilbert’s distributor cut ties with comic strip creator Scott Adams over his remarks about race

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