Has our local Ogden newspaper done the right thing, has it joined “cancel culture”, or is there another reason why the strip is not in this morning’s newspaper?
After reading about Scott Adams’ racist outburst this weekend, I looked for his comic strip, Dilbert, in the morning Wheeling Intelligencer. There was no Dilbert. The comic strip is no longer on the comic page of the Wheeling Intelligencer or any other Ogden newspapers. The chain, like hundreds of newspapers nationwide, no longer carries Scott Adams’ comic strip:
Hundreds of newspapers across the U.S. will stop running the “Dilbert” comic strip after its creator, Scott Adams, said on a YouTube livestream that Black people are “a hate group” and that white people should “just get the hell away” from them. https://t.co/seXSEaTDu4— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 26, 2023
And while it would be nice to give credit to Ogden, I’m not sure the chain deserves it.* With some research, I found that Adams' syndicator dropped him Sunday:
Scott Adams' distributor, Andrews McMeel Universal, announced Sunday that it was severing ties with him after Adams repeatedly described people of color as "racist hate groups." https://t.co/7pERIe3aW4— NPR (@NPR) February 27, 2023
I think that the original newspaper response to Adams was appropriate. However, I’ll give the last word to Adams:
Dilbert has been cancelled from all newspapers, websites, calendars, and books because I gave some advice everyone agreed with. (My syndication partner canceled me.)— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) February 27, 2023
Dilbert (and more) will only be available on the subscription site https://t.co/lAH9Itp9tv when sorted out.
And if you’re interested, here is the interview that got Adams in trouble:
I'm accepting criticism from anyone who has seen the full context here.— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) February 26, 2023
The rest of you are in a fake news bubble but I trust you suspected that.
Scott Adams Interview - It's Okay to Be White https://t.co/yP6rNiOXnS via @YouTube
(Warning – it’s nearly two hours long.)
*I think that there is a good chance, in the near future, that one of Ogden's syndicated columnists will come to Adams' defense.