"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams calls Berkeley protesters "hypnotized zombie-boys in black masks"

The cartoonist fears they will "possibly try to club me to death if I walk on campus"

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published February 9, 2017 11:47PM (EST)


Cartoonist Scott Adams, best known as the creator of "Dilbert," published a blog post last week that criticized the University of California-Berkeley protesters who objected to the speech planned by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Although according to Adams' post, the only thing noteworthy about Yiannopoulos is that he's a "Jewish gay immigrant who has an African-American boyfriend."

"I’ve decided to side with the Jewish gay immigrant who has an African-American boyfriend, not the hypnotized zombie-boys in black masks who were clubbing people who hold different points of view," Adams wrote. "I feel that’s reasonable, but I know many will disagree, and possibly try to club me to death if I walk on campus."

The following day, Adams continued spinning the right-wing persecution complex narrative.

"One of the most underrated qualities of Republicans is that they police their own ranks. If you have a problem with a violent Republican racist, call some Republicans. They’ll solve it for you," Adams wrote.

Adams, you'll recall, said in October that he'd kill Donald Trump if he became too "Hitler-ish."

"But don’t call a Republican if you are simply offended by another person’s opinion. In that situation you want to call some Democrats to ridicule and physically attack the person with the objectionable opinion," Adams added, noting that he is not a Republican.

However, he endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2012 and supported Donald Trump in 2016 (while accusing Clinton supporters of being "bullies").

"Of all the bizarre spectacles that the Trump campaign has created, at the top of the list is the obsession the 'Dilbert' cartoonist has with trying to convince America that his obvious hero worship of Trump is somehow a cool, detached analysis from a man who isn’t even interested in voting for the guy," observed Salon's Amanda Marcotte.

In June, Adams wrote a post called "The humiliation of the American male in 2016," which cited a dishwasher detergent commercial as proof that "the humiliation of American men is now institutionalized in the media." That posted also claimed Adams was endorsing Hillary Clinton for president "for my personal safety" and demanded that feminists "STOP TELLING ME IN YOUR MIND THAT WOMEN HAVE IT WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY THAN MEN!"

He implied that ISIS liked Hillary Clinton better because there were no terrorists attacks before the elections.

In 2015, Adams published a post called "The Global Gender War" complaing that when he goes on a date, "access to sex is strictly controlled by the woman. If the woman has additional preferences in terms of temperature, beverages, and whatnot, the man generally complies. If I fall in love and want to propose, I am expected to do so on my knees, to set the tone for the rest of the marriage."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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