'Dilbert' has some terrible opinions about 'social justice warriors'


You may think Dilbert is all about meetings and micromanagement, but you are wrong. Creator Scott Adams is brave enough to use his platform for good. Last week, he stood up for the little guy. Specifically, for the white guy. About time!!!

In case you aren’t caught up on world’s greatest comic strip that prominently features a character named Dogbert, here’s what you missed from Dilbert on Wednesday and Thursday:

What’s a social justice warrior? It’s a derogatory term, popularized in part by the all-around lovable folks of Gamergate, that’s used to describe those who advocate for progressive values and “PC culture.” At least it’s better than Mac culture, am I right? I believe I just wrote tomorrow’s strip for you, Scott Adams. You’re welcome.

As I see it, there are two ways to interpret these comics. The first and more generous reading is that Adams is mocking a specific type of ~woke~ dude, your Macklemores and your McGorrys, who are so excited to talk to you about The New Jim Crow that they nearly trip over their own privilege. The second reading is that anyone who shares SJW-adjacent beliefs (you know, crazy stuff, like racial equality or feminism) is, to Adams, an idiot.

I will say this: Adams, who recently described Donald Trump as the (yes, definite article) “Master Persuader,” has a long history of cool opinions. Among them: Women asking for equal pay are equivalent to children demanding candy (and also to violent mentally disabled people) and men shouldn’t be blamed for their “natural instincts” to rape people nor for killing when they are denied “access to hugging.”

Here’s hoping we get to hear the pointy-haired boss’ thoughts on reproductive rights sometime soon.

Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion’s Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.

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