US media drops 'Dilbert' comic over racist rant - DW - 2/25/2023

US media drops ‘Dilbert’ comic over racist rant – DW – 2/25/2023

The Washington PostTHE USA today network of hundreds of newspapers, the Cleveland Plain DealershipTHE San Antonio Express-News and other outlets said they would stop publishing “Dilbert” after creator Scott Adams racistrant on YouTube earlier this week.

Asked on Saturday how many newspapers were still publishing the comic strip – a workplace satire he created in 1989 – Adams said The Washington Post: “By Monday, around zero.”

Dilbert is a long-running comic that pokes fun at office and workplace culture.

What did Adams say?

The backlash began after a Wednesday episode of the YouTube show “Real Coffee with Scott Adams.” In it, Adams was referring to a Rasmussen Reports survey that asked if people agreed with the statement, “It’s OK to be white.”

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

Adams, who is white, called black people members of a “hate group” and said he would “no longer help black Americans.” He also said white people should “run away from black hell”.

What did the media say “Dilbert”?

Several newspapers publicly denounced Adams’ comments and said they would no longer provide a platform or pay for his work.

The ordinary merchant in Cleveland and other publications part of Advance Local media also announced that they were dropping Dilbert.

“This is a decision based on the principles of this news organization and the community we serve,” wrote Chris Quinn, editor of the mere merchant, who added that it was “not a hard decision” to give up comics. “We are not a home for those who espouse racism. We certainly don’t want to provide them with financial support.”

Christopher Kelly, vice president of content for NJ Advance Media, wrote that the news agency believes in “the free and fair exchange of ideas,” but added that “when those ideas turn into hate speech , a line must be drawn”.

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