Scott Adams ponders having ‘no anchor’ on free speech as cancellation campaign deals him another brutal blow

The canceling of “Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams rages on, but while business partners terminated future projects and peers grifted celebrity with flame-fanning activism, the outspoken artist seemed to revel in the moment as he foreshadowed what may come with “no anchor on my free speech.”

In their preferred lede-burying style, corporate media and keyboard activists took up arms against Adams after he reacted to the results of a Rasmussen Reports poll on his “Coffee with Scott Adams” podcast. Following a train of logic that concluded if 47 percent of blacks are “not willing to say it’s okay to be white,” then “according to this poll, not according to me, according to this poll — that’s a hate group,” the syndicated comic writer has taken the brunt of woke society.

After newspapers across the country announced they would stop running “Dilbert,” Adams reported Tuesday that his non-fiction publisher was dropping him too. The self-help book, “Reframe Your Brain: The User Interface for Happiness and Success” was set to be released in September from Penguin Random House’s business imprint Portfolio until the controversy erupted.

“My publisher for non-Dilbert books has canceled my upcoming book and the entire backlist,” Adams posted to Twitter emphasizing, “Still no disagreement about my point of view. My book agent canceled me too.”

Similarly, fellow cartoonist Robb Armstrong, of “Jump Start” fame, promoted the idea that Adams be scrubbed from society when he took to Instagram to encourage owners of his book, “Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life,” take a “Black” marker to his work to cover up Adams glowing endorsement.

“Scott Adams (‘Dilbert’ creator) is a racist. Please get help Scott. You’re out of your mind. Use a thick, Black marker to remove him from your copies of ‘Fearless’,” he wrote with an image depicting his goal.


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The 2016 release included a blurb from Adams on the back that read “The book is an inspiration and a true pleasure; with some of the most insightful cartooning advice you will ever read.”

In an article from The Washington Post that continued to malign Adams’ comments as a “racist rant,” Armstrong expressed, “My heart sank at first, then broke.”

“I had to accept the reality that my friend from the early days was gone. In his place was a soulless, heartless racist,” the aggrieved cartoonist lamented.

Adams was also dropped by comics publisher Andrews McMeel Universal Sunday across “all areas of our business” though it remains unclear how these announcements, and the fact that “Dilbert” will now exclusively be available through the cartoonist’s Locals subscription, will ultimately affect his reported $75 million net worth.

Monday evening he remarked on Twitter, “Now that I have no anchor on my free speech, tomorrow will be fun,” and he continued to share takes from others on the widespread hullaballoo, including an “Interesting prediction” that “When all of this is over, most will realize and conclude that what @ScottAdamsSays has done will have helped to close the racial divide, not make it worse. People just don’t know it yet.”

Kevin Haggerty


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