The comic strip gets the chop after mocking the awakening

DILBERT/C/17DEC98/DD/MAC Scott Adams, the creator of the “DILBERT” comic strip, has a new project in the works, an animated television series that will air in January. Sharing the spotlight with “DILBERT”. by Michael Macor/The Chronicle (Photo by MICHAEL MACOR/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) – MICHAEL MACOR/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

An American comic strip that has entertained readers since the 1980s by lampooning office culture has been removed from 77 newspapers after it began mocking “waking up,” according to its author.

Scott Adams, who has written and illustrated the popular “Dilbert” comic strip for decades, said the media company Lee Enterprises stopped printing it this week.

The comic of the same name follows office worker Dilbert as he struggles to climb the corporate ladder.

In recent years, Adams has mocked the introduction of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the workplace.

The illustrator also introduced a new character named Dave, who is black but identifies as white.

Adams said that he believed that Lee Enterprises’ decision to remove it “was part of a larger review” of the comics.

The company owns nearly 100 newspapers in the United States.

He told Fox News that it was unclear how they chose which comics to cut.

But he said some newspapers had raised concerns after receiving complaints about the content.

The character of Dave, named after Adams’ brother, is a prankster who enjoys playing games but is happy to have reached his quota of diversity, the illustrator said.

In Tuesday’s strip, Dave’s supervisor explains how to increase the company’s ESG rating.

“Dave, I need to raise 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?” ?” the boss asks. The supervisor goes on to tell Dave to “wear better shirts.”

Adams said, “What I do is talk about how the employees handle the situation. It’s not about the target. But that’s enough for people to think I must be taking sides politically.”

He added: “The whole awakening and everything that permeated ESG… that stuff made its way into the business world, and then it became proper content for Dilbert.

“The problem is that people see that even though it’s a joke related to the workplace, but it’s more about how they implement it.”

“Dilbert” has appeared in thousands of newspapers in 57 counties in 19 languages, according to Adams’ website.

Scott Adams, cartoonist and author and creator of

Scott Adams, cartoonist and author and creator of “Dilbert,” poses for a portrait in his home office on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Pleasanton, Calif. Adams has released a new memoir “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: A Kind of Story of My Life.” (Photo by Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) – San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images

More than 20 million derivative books and calendars have been printed.

The cancellation of the cartoon strip has dealt him a “substantial” financial hit, Adams said.

Adams said the decision on which cartoons to cancel was made “on an individual basis,” but he wasn’t sure if their focus on the ESG issue “had anything to do with the removal of ‘Dilbert’.”

“Why they decided what was in and what was out, no one knows that except them, I guess,” he told Fox News.

Lee Enterprises did not immediately respond to Fox’s request for comment.

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