Cartoonist and social media maven (he’s been retweeted by President Trump) Scott Adams
has created a twitterstorm in responding to a tweet and claiming reverse racism.
“I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience. That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)”
Adams is referencing the animated sitcom “Dilbert,” which debuted in January 1999 and ran for two seasons on UPN. The Emmy-winning show was reportedly successful early on, both in terms of ratings and acclaim, but lost viewership in the second season.
One person tweeted that Adams’ recent explanation as to why the show was canceled contradicted what he had reportedly said in an 2006 interview with Ground Report. In that interview, Adams was asked about the TV show’s cancellation and he reportedly blamed it on low viewership and poor management.
“It was on UPN, a network that few people watch,” he reportedly said. “And because of some management screw-ups between the first and second seasons the time slot kept changing and we lost our viewers. We were also scheduled to follow the worst TV show ever made: Shasta McNasty. On TV, your viewership is 75% determined by how many people watched the show before yours. That killed us.”
The Mercury-News veers into past tweets by Scott it sees as troublesome.
Heavy.com stays on topic and includes response from Scott:
[Adams] said, “Sometimes I put a tweet out there, I’ll just put it out there and then say… that might come back to me.” He also discusses why he felt the need to share his controversial tweet response to Best. Adams said he was triggered to see Lena Dunham was trending because “black people don’t believe you deserve your success.”
Adams was not daunted by the onslaught of criticism he received on Twitter. He tweeted, “Next time someone asks you if black lives matter, I recommend this response: “Yes, and f*** you for asking. It shows you have doubts.”
Later on Monday Scott Adams clarified his charges against Corporate: