On Sunday, Elon Musk defended Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams’ racist comments posted to YouTube last week by accusing the American media of racism. Once racist media are now “racist against whites & Asians,” Twitter’s CEO tweeted.
White Mr. Adams remarked on the video that black Americans were a “hate group” and that white person should “stay away” from them. As a result, the comic was pulled from several US publications over the weekend.
Mr. Musk maintained his claims that “top colleges & high schools in America” were also racist in the same tweet:
The media is racist
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2023
Since its debut in 1989, Dilbert has been a staple of the American newspaper humor section. It follows a downtrodden office woman and her talking dog as they aim for the trends in corporate culture.
Even Dilbert’s distributor, Mr. Adams, has decided to cut relations, as the news broke on Twitter. The corporation Andrews McMeel Universal has stated that while they respect free speech, they “would never accept any criticism founded in bigotry or hate.
As The Wall Street Journal reported, plans to release a new Dilbert book this September was also scrapped. Mr. Adams’s next book, “Reframe Your Brain,” was rejected for publication by Portfolio, a division of Penguin Random House.
Mr. Adams claims that after media like The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times stopped running the popular cartoon, his career is over, and most of his revenue will be gone by next week. The USA Today network, which owns and manages numerous newspapers in the United States, is among the publications that have discontinued publishing the Dilbert comic strip.
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The comic is written and drawn by Mr. Adams. His remarks, in reaction to a Rasmussen Reports survey, were widely interpreted as advocating segregation. The survey participants were asked how much they agreed or disagreed with the statement, “It’s Acceptable to be white.”
There is speculation that white nationalists adopted the slogan in 2017 as part of a more significant trolling effort. Most black respondents (53%) agreed with the statement, while 26% disagreed, and the rest were unsure. Mr. Adams has labeled as a “hate organization” everyone who disagrees with the word.
“I would say, 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,” Mr. Adams said, “because there is no fixing this.”
The Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League claim that since Mr. Musk took control of Twitter in October, the volume of hate speech on the network has increased.