Dilbert creator Scott Adams is doubling down after facing backlash for racial comments comparing Black people to a “hate group.”
Adams’ widely syndicated cartoon about office life was cancelled overnight after he shared his reaction to a poll that asked the question, “Is it ok to be white?” Nearly half of Black respondents said they either disagreed or were unsure.
Adams described blacks as a “hate group” and lamented that race relations “can’t be fixed,” advising whites to “get the hell away” from black people.
“Based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to white people is to get the hell away from black people,” Adams said.
Scott Adams doubles down
Many newspapers promptly dropped the cartoon, as did Adams’ distributor, Andrews McMeel Universal, which has syndicated Dilbert in up to 65 countries since 1989.
“As a media and communications company, AMU values free speech,” the distributor said in a statement. “But we will never support any commentary rooted in discrimination or hate.”
Adams’ book Reframe Your Brain has also been cancelled by its publisher, Portfolio, a subdivision of Penguin Random House. But Adams has continued to double down, saying he is setting an example for free speech and that his comments are being misinterpreted.
As the backlash continued Tuesday, Adams shot back at Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League, which is known for organizing boycott campaigns.
“Sounds like you missed the context. Check out my interview with Hotep Jesus on YouTube and consider an apology after you educate yourself,” he wrote.
Adams has received support from the billionaire Tesla CEO and Twitter owner Elon Musk, who blamed the backlash on “racism” towards white people and Asians in the media.
“For a *very* long time, US media was racist against non-white people, now they’re racist against whites & Asians,” Musk wrote, adding the “same thing” happened with top schools under affirmative action.
Meanwhile, Adams has pushed back on the media firestorm by alleging that “white people in the media” are “the main source of worsening race relations.”
He shared a 2013 clip of media personality Don Lemon, who is black, sharing “five ways to fix our community,” which included advice like “pull up your pants.”
“CNN canceled me for agreeing with Don Lemon,” Adams wrote.