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Show canceled because I’m white

Show canceled because I'm white

“Dilbert” creator Scott Adams is beneath hearth for claiming that his present was canceled because of his race.

The cartoon, which ran on UPN from 1999 to 2000, was primarily based on a comic book strip by the identical title and featured a pessimistic workplace employee because the title character.

“I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience,” Adams wrote on Twitter. “That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)”

He’s not the one TV determine injecting race into the social-media dialog.

This weekend, a 2017 tweet from the Hollywood Reporter widely recirculated about Lena Dunham promoting her hit present “Girls” to HBO at age 23 with a page-and-a-half pitch “without a character nor a plot.” Many within the leisure business, notably individuals of colour, used this tweet to indicate how Dunham benefitted from privilege that they didn’t must succeed.

“I have a masters degree in film and teach film at a top tier university, an over twenty five year professional career and I walk into pitches with a fully realized bible pilot and seven season arc, and often times told it’s not enough. But Lena Dunham, cool,” wrote actor Ahmed Best, who’s black.

Adams straight replied to Best’s tweet together with his claims about UPN.

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Twitter customers have been fast to name Adams out for his claims. “It’s illegal to fire someone for their race, even if they’re white. So. No one believes that multiple jobs told you that you didn’t get the job because you were white,” wrote Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist behind the New York Times’ 1619 Project about slavery.

Adams doubled down on his claims. “I wasn’t fired. I was told I couldn’t be promoted because of my color and gender, so I left, of course,” he posted. “I invite anyone who had the same experience in corporate America to say so in the comments. Red Pill coming. Open wide,” he stated in a reference to the Matrix.

Twitter person @letsgoayo responded, “Here’s the thing, Scott: we don’t believe you. Here’s another thing, Scott: black people read the newspaper. Black people liked Dilbert. Black people didn’t try to take anything from you, we had always been among your audience. Until you became openly racist.”

According to the Wrap, UPN stopped airing exhibits in 2006.

“After UPN ended, black TV shows largely disappeared for at least a decade. During that time, almost all networks’ time slots remained filled with white shows . . . just not yours,” stated wrote Akilah Green, who writes for “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Perfect Harmony.”

Others identified Adams’ hypocrisy by quoting a section from the “Dilbert” Wikipedia web page, which cites the creator claiming community points led to the demise of the present, not his race.

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