Progressives really have no sense of humor.
The famous comic strip “Dilbert,” a fictional story about a character with the comic’s name that serves as a satirical commentary on office politics and workplace culture, has been removed from over 80 newspaper publications. Lee Enterprises, the company that distributes the comic, has not commented on why it was discontinued.
However, Scott Adams, the creator of the comic, believed it was cut from publications because of his tendency to poke fun at woke agendas that have found a home in the American corporate world.
"It was part of a larger overhaul, I believe, of comics, but why they decided what was in and what was out, that's not known to anybody except them, I guess," he said.
Adams consistently poked fun at how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues affected the workplace. One of the many focuses of the ESG philosophy is to make sure that workplaces are diverse, since that automatically means that a company will perform better (wink).
"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."
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This was a major plot line in one of Adam’s recent comics, where a character named Dave, who is black, identifies as white. Dave and Dilbert’s supervisor is looking to boost the companies ESG score, so he goes one step further and asks Dave to identify as gay:
"Dave, I need to boost our company's ESG rating, so I'm promoting you to be our CTO. I know you identify as White, so that won't help our ESG scores, but would it be too much trouble to identify as gay?" his boss asks in Tuesday’s strip.
“Depends on how hard you want me to sell it,” Dave responds.
"Just wear better shirts," the supervisor replies.
Obviously, this is a hilarious dialogue that shows to an extreme extent just how ridiculous worrying about an ESG score can affect a company. That is one of the many purposes of humor, to make fun of the way our world operates. But because this particular story laughs at progressives’ expense, it was likely received in poor taste by some of his audience to the point of being canceled.
Of course, Lee Enterprises is not framing it that way, since other comics were discontinued as well. But with how sensitive and anti-humor the left can be, it wouldn’t be surprising if it were erased largely because of its content.