By Marlow Stern
Recently, Dilbert creator Scott Adams had his comic strip dropped by its distributor, Andrews McMeel Syndication, and newspapers across the country when he went on a racist rant on his Real Coffee with Scott Adams program.
Adams, who’s morphed into a right-wing conspiracy theorist in recent years, was responding to a poll from Rasmussen Reports about the phrase, “It’s okay to be white,” which has been tied to the white supremacist movement. The cartoonist took issue with how only 53% of Black respondents agreed with the saying, prompting him to call Black people “a hate group,” adding, “The best advice I would give to white people is to get the hell away from Black people. Just get the fuck away.”
And so, on this week’s SNL, “Weekend Update” co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che went after Adams.
“Newspapers around the country dropped the cartoon strip Dilbert after creator Scott Adams said he chose to live in a community where no Black people live,” cracked Che, adding, “So, he lives in your building, huh Colin?”
This weekend’s Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che! pic.twitter.com/AzfM1sf5xm
A chuckling Jost replied, “No. Newspapers dropped the cartoon strip effective immediately, and to rub it in they’re replacing Dilbert with Peanuts: Oops All Franklin.”
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“Dilbert creator Scott Adams’ racist rant was in response to the results of a poll that asked respondents the question, ‘Is it OK to be white?’ Oh, I’d say it’s more than just OK!” Jost continued, flashing a photo of him in a tux holding a bunch of bills on the screen.
They then welcomed Dilbert onto the program, who said, “Michael, I think I can speak for myself and the entire all-white staff at the Dilbert offices when I say, this was a total shock. I mean, most cartoonists are weird, but racist-weird? Let’s just say I didn’t see that memo.”
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