The Plain Dealer, a newspaper based in Cleveland, has severed its ties with “Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams following a racially charged outburst where he advised fans to avoid contact with Black people.
The newspaper, which was established in 1842, stated that it was an easy decision to remove the workplace-themed comic strip from its publication.
Additionally, all newsrooms under Advance Media, such as SiLive.com and NJ.com, will follow suit. Adams made the argument on his web program on Wednesday that racial relations in the United States are irreparably strained.
“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,” Adams said. “Just get the f–k away. Wherever you have to go, just get away. Because there’s no fixing this.”
Adams expressed his frustration with being labeled as racist despite his attempts to “assist” Black people.
“I don’t think it makes any sense as a white citizen of America to try to help Black citizens anymore,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like it pays off.”
The Plain Dealer said it expected people like Adams to call their divorce from “Dilbert” an act of “cancel culture,” which is a term popular with conservatives who feel they’re wrongly alienated because of their politics.
“I’m trending on Twitter. Was it something I said?” Adams tweeted Friday. “Come watch me get cancelled.”
The Plain Dealer argued for its First Amendment privileges in its editorial.
“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.”
During Black History Month, the Plain Dealer pointed out that Adams had made his remarks.
“Unfortunately, for the next week or so, you’ll still see some Dilbert cartoons in our pages,” Plain Dealer said. Their cartoon pages are printed in advance.
The Plain Dealer mentioned that they might replace the “Dilbert” comic strip with a gray box until a new cartoon is selected.
According to reports, Lee Enterprises, which owns dozens of newspapers, including the Plain Dealer, discontinued “Dilbert” and other comic strips in September as part of its reduction of cartoon pages.
Scott Adams, the 65-year-old creator of “Dilbert,” first published the comic strip in 1989. Although he is an avid supporter of Donald Trump, he felt personally offended when he thought the former president struggled to address a question on white supremacy during a presidential debate in 2020. Adams defended Trump’s track record on hate groups in a tweet.