Dilbert creator Scott Adams is doubling-down on being racist in what is either the most brilliant act of social commentary since the death of Andy Kaufman or the cartoonish suicide of a comic-strip writer who painted himself into a Tiki-lit corner.
Honestly, it’s hard to know which.
Adams blew up Twitter on Wednesday with a shocking reaction to a Rasmussen poll that revealed 47% of black respondents wouldn’t say it’s okay to be white: “Get the hell away from black people.”
“If nearly half of all blacks are not okay with white people — according to this poll, not according to me, according to this poll — that’s a hate group,” Adams stated.
“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,” the 65-year-old author told viewers of his “Coffee with Scott Adams” viewers. “Just get the f*** away. Wherever you have to go, just get away. Because there’s no fixing this. This can’t be fixed.”
So…. Scott Adams just said the quiet part out loud.
There’s a percentage who’s driven past the racist narrative I respect more than most. But something’s gotta change.
People calling him racist, but the video speaks for itself. I’m tired of the violence against white people pic.twitter.com/rLW2NjjZtk
— Carolina Patriot (@ACarolinaGuy) February 24, 2023
In response, USA Today dropped Dilbert.
“At @Gannett, we lead with inclusion and strive to maintain a respectful and equitable environment for the diverse communities we serve nationwide,” the company that publishes USA Today stated on Twitter. “The USA Today Network will no longer publish the ‘Dilbert’ comic due to recent discriminatory comments by its creator.”
At @Gannett, we lead with inclusion and strive to maintain a respectful and equitable environment for the diverse communities we serve nationwide. #TeamGannett pic.twitter.com/GvHR1w9ae3
— USA TODAY NETWORK PR (@USATODAY_PR) February 24, 2023
Other outlets followed, including The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, which said “it was not a difficult decision” to cut the cartoon from its pages.
“This is a decision based on the principles of this news organization and the community we serve,” the paper explained. “We are not a home for those who espouse racism. We certainly do not want to provide them with financial support.”
On Saturday’s episode of his podcast, Adams, with his characteristically deadpan flair, drank to all the hate.
“It seems that the hate for me at the moment has reached new levels,” he told viewers. “New levels of hate. I’m hated so much today, I’m trending.”
“I’m trending,” he repeated. “Let’s drink to that.”
Following a satisfying sip of coffee, he nodded appreciatively.
“Trending,” he nodded. “That’s good trending.”
After discussing recent news stories, Adams turned to “two more videos” he saw depicting, in one, “black women beating up a female Asian American on a bus” and, in the other, “a black student beating up a white teacher in a school.”
“Now, both of them had that same flavor to them, and it’s super racist,” he stated. “I think you’d agree with this. Super racist that the algorithm is serving me up only black people beating up Asian Americans and white Americans.”
“Super racist,” he continued, “because it’s not based on any kind of statistics. It’s based on either the algorithm or maybe some human who’s decided that you should get an unending diet of black Americans beating up other people to make you feel more racist.”
Adams called for the release of videos showing Asian Americans beating up black people, noting that if they only showed videos of Asians assaulting blacks, that, too, would be “super racist.”
“Because you’d be like, ‘oh, Asian Americans, why are you always beating up black people?'” he explained. “If that’s all you saw, if all day long you’re seeing Asian Americans beating up black men all day long, you’d be like, ‘Damn, I don’t even want to live near these racist Asian Americans if they’re beating up black people all day long.'”
If that’s all you see, he contends, “you would be sort of brainwashed into thinking that a lot of it’s happening, when in fact, it’s… selective stuff.”
And perhaps this was the true point of Adams’ initial rant.
With so much media coverage of divisive, race-based issues, Americans are being “brainwashed” into thinking they are hated because of their skin color, which naturally leads to people becoming racist.
Later, Adams agreed that he said something “super racist the other day.”
As for saying that you should avoid a group that hates you, he freely admits that was a racist statement.
“Well, of course it is,” he said on Saturday. “That’s exactly what it is. That’s exactly the definition of ‘racist.'”
“But,” he added, “simply the fact that it’s completely racist doesn’t automatically make it bad.”
He pointed to his longtime support of Affirmative Action and noted that it is, by definition, “pretty racist.”
In an attempt to further illustrate his point, he invoked “The Pence Rule,” so named for former Vice President Mike Pence, who famously said he doesn’t allow himself to be with a woman who isn’t his wife.
“Now, do you think that Pence does not like women? Would that be a reasonable conclusion?” he asked. “Here’s how I interpret it. It has nothing to do with anything to do with any individual woman. [He’s not saying] ‘This jezebel wants to go to lunch with me.’ He’s not saying that. He’s just playing the odds. He’s just playing a statistical game.”
If he’s not alone with another woman, he can’t be accused of anything “Me Too” style, Adams reasoned.
“The Mike Pence rule would say, you wanna get some distance. Now is that racist? Yeah, by definition,” he said. “But it’s racist in a personal success context, which is completely allowable.”
“I’m just saying: as a personal, career decision, you should absolutely be racist whenever it’s to your advantage, and that’s for men, for women, for Black or white, Asian or Hispanic,” he stated.
Doing so is “allowable,” like, one might argue, it’s “allowable” to move away from a racial group that you’ve been brainwashed into thinking wants to spend their days beating the crap out of you.
“If you’re making decisions for your own personal life, you can be as racist as you want,” he said. “That’s not illegal and it’s definitely not unethical.”
So, the question is, “Is Scott Adams a hateful racist?” as so many in the media are now portraying him?
Or is the media proving his point?
Watch the entire podcast below, and decide for yourself:
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