Dilbert comic canceled by 77 newspapers after creator Scott Adams adds anti-woke plot twists

Scott Adams, who has been telling the dry-witted tale of “Dilbert” since 1989, announced on Twitter Tuesday that “one large chain” has booted the popular comic strip from 77 newspapers after its creator began developing an “anti-woke” twist to Dilbert’s office life.

For years, Dilbert has appeared in Lee Enterprises’ nearly 100 newspapers, including The Buffalo News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Arizona Daily Sun, and Scott acknowledged on Fox News that dropping his strip was “part of a larger overhaul” of Lee’s comic sections, but he questioned the process the publisher used to decide who would be let go.

“It was part of a larger overhaul, I believe, of comics, but why they decided what was in and what was out, that’s not known to anybody except them, I guess,” he stated, according to the Daily Mail.


In recent weeks, Dilbert’s traditionally mundane corporate existence has been challenged by such woke concerns as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores and identity politics.

One black character by the name of “Dave” even identifies as white, prompting his fictional boss to promote him and ask if he would mind also identifying as gay to “boost our company’s ESG rating.”

“Depends how hard you want me to sell it,” Dave replies.

“Just wear better shirts,” his employer tells him.

The Epoch Times posted the controversial comic strip and declared, “#Dilbert won’t be canceled here.”

The string of ESG-related strips seems to have started on September 15, with Dilbert talking to his dog.

“What is this ‘ESG’ thing I keep hearing about?” Dilbert asks.

“Imagine if a crooked politician and a crooked financial advisor got married and had a baby,” Dogbert explained.

“So… ESG would be that baby?” Dilbert asked.

“Only if it’s colicky and has firehose diarrhea,” Dogbert retorted.

It was enough to catch the attention of Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who tweeted, “Congrats to @BlackRock and Larry Fink for appearing in today’s Dilbert. Well done, @ScottAdamsSays.”

To be fair, Dilbert wasn’t the only comic strip Lee Enterprises dropped.

According to The Daily Cartoonist, “Baby Blues,” “Red and Rover,” “Mutts,” and “Bizarro” were also given their walking papers.

Jeet Heer, a writer for The Nationalist, contends that Adams is trying to create a “false narrative” surrounding his dismissal.

“So, a newspaper chain called Lee Enterprises is radically reducing its column and comics coverage, cancelling [sic] many syndicated features. The Dilbert Guy presented this as something just effecting [sic] him & his fans are creating a (typically) false narrative of cancel culture,” he tweeted.

Writer Parker Molloy posted several of Adams’ recent strips, claiming the outspoken creator is “obsessed” with ESG scores.

Quote-tweeting Heer, Molloy wrote, “Decided to check out what kind of stuff the Dilbert comic strip is covering these days, anyway, and it seems Adams is in a several week-long obsession with ‘ESG.'”

She then obsessed over Adams’ “obsession” in a lengthy thread that ended with her turning to AI to make her point.

Delighted with herself, Molloy went on and on.

What she apparently missed was Adams’ reply to Heer.

“How do you think they decided which comics to keep? Alphabetical order?” he asked, adding, “It wasn’t based on readership.”

Dilbert is featured in newspapers in 57 countries, and it’s translated into 19 different languages, the Daily Mail reports. More than 20 million Dilbert books and calendars are currently in print.

Melissa Fine


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