Is Dilbert Dead?

By Kate Striker Sep 21, 2022
Dilbert, a popular cartoon strip that parodies office life, came under fire after releasing "controversial" comic strips.

Dilbert, a popular cartoon strip that parodies office life, came under fire after releasing “controversial” comic strips.

Dilbert Cancelled From 77 Markets

Scott Adams, Dilbert’s writer and illustrator, said that Lee Enterprises stopped printing the Dilbert cartoon in their papers this week.

According to the newspaper’s website, Lee Enterprises is the “Leading provider of local news, information and advertising in 77 markets in 26 states,” based out of Davenport, and is traded on the Nasdaq under LEE. In the past six months, Lee Enterprise stock has fallen from $27.72 in March to $18.39 in September.

Adams told Fox News that some newspapers noted concerns after receiving complaints about the comic strips’ content that has been inclusive of the new woke culture and liberal society. 

The cartoonist announced on Twitter that his comic is being stripped from 77 newspapers, which is coming as a “substantial” financial blow to the creator.

Political Correctness

According to Fox Business, Adam’s comic strip is “calling out environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies in a new series launched earlier this month” and said that “more than 90% of S&P 500 companies and approximately 70% of Russell 1000 companies publish ESG reports in some form.” 

“All of the wokeness and anything that permeated from ESG… so that stuff made its way into the business world, and then it became proper content for Dilbert,” Adams said. “The problem is that people see that even though it’s a workplace-related joke, but it’s more about how they implement it.”

Adam’s Twitter mentions were soon flooded with fans who blamed the “Woke New World” for being unable to “handle this kind of edgy humor.” The conservative media has taken the loss of Dilbert in Lee newspapers as a personal affront and considers this one more example of political correctness taken to extremes.

You can see the “Real Coffee with Scott Adams” YouTube video here.

Who Is Dilbert?

Dilbert, an American cartoon comic strip, was first published in 1989 and appeared in thousands of newspapers worldwide.

Dilbert’s character is a white-collar office worker who struggles to move up the corporate ladder and appears in 2,000 newspapers in 57 countries worldwide and in 19 languages.

Over 20 million books and calendars are in print, and the creator won a Reuben award in 1997, a cartoonist’s highest honor. According to Dilbert’s website, Dilbert.com was the first website for a daily syndicated comic strip.

The artist and creator, Scott Adams, was born in 1957 and raised with his two siblings and parents in Windham, New York.

Fans of the Dilbert comic strip are hoping their newspapers will continue to carry the cartoon, and that Dilbert will not die, anytime soon.

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2 thoughts on “Is Dilbert Dead?”
  1. This reminds me of the song from ‘Queen’, Another one bites the dust.
    This woke can’t die soon enough along with the ESG crap.

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