The distributor of the long-running “Dilbert” comic strip announced this Sunday that it is “severing ties” with the strip’s creator, Scott Adams, Axios reported.
The announcement comes after a string of newspapers around the country announced that they were dropping the strip after Adams posted a video saying that there was no point in white people associating with Black people, claiming that Black people are a “hate group” who are uniquely violent towards white people, citing videos he’s seen on the internet.
Dilbert was published in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries, according to Andrews McMeel.
Andrews McMeel chair Hugh Andrews and CEO and president Andy Sareyan said that while the company values free speech, “we will never support any commentary rooted in discrimination or hate.”
Adams made his remarks on the YouTube show, “Real Coffee with Scott Adams.” Addressing a Rasmussen Reports survey that found 26% of Black Americans disagreed with the statement, “It’s OK to be white,” Adams said, “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.”
As the backlash to his comments grew, Adams defended his remarks, saying people “hate me and are canceling me,” and said, “Everyone should be treated as an individual” without discrimination.