The disgraced creator of the popular “Dilbert” comic strip has doubled down on his problematic takes which were widely deemed as racist by fans and critics. Scott Adams has defended himself in a new interview with NewsNation.
“I did it intentionally. I offended people so that they’d be drawn to the solution…I was concerned that there was a lot of anti-whiteness. I used some hyperbole, but my purpose was to teach them and anybody else who wants to listen the tools for success.”
Scott Adams, Disgraced Creator of “Dilbert” Comic Strip
“It’s almost entirely white people that canceled me, it might be entirely, because they’re the ones that own the publishing companies and the newspapers,” he told Chris Cuomo.
Adams has declined to apologize for calling Black people a “hate group” and telling white people to “get the hell away from Black People”.
“No, because I did it intentionally. I offended people so that they’d be drawn to the solution,” Adams said. “So here’s the quick summary: I was concerned that there was a lot of anti-whiteness. I used some hyperbole, but my purpose was to teach them and anybody else who wants to listen the tools for success,” he added.
The “Dilbert”comic strip was dropped by hundreds of papers and publications under the Advance Local Umbrella network. The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times also dropped him. Adams told Washington Post that he had lost 80% of his income.
Adams also came under severe criticism from fellow cartoonists in the industry. “When somebody goes too far like Scott Adams did, everyone who knows better should stand up and use their First Amendment to draw a line — to say that this is unacceptable,” Darrin Bell, creator of the “Candorville” strip which typically features Black and Latino characters told the Associated Press.
Bell, who won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for illustrated reporting and commentary lashed back at Adams in his strip, satirizing “Dilbert.” Bell added, “The only reason anyone knows who Scott Adams is because of the comics page. So I thought somebody on the comics page should respond to him on the comics page.”