“Dilbert” writer Scott Adams, who has written the comic since 1989, said the striptease, which poke fun at office culture, was deleted from nearly 77 newspapers.
Lee Enterprises, which owns nearly 100 newspaper companies in the US, has canceled contracts with several newspapers for unknown reasons, Fox News reports.
“I think it was part of a bigger overhaul of comics, but why they decided what was in and what wasn’t isn’t known to anyone but them, I guess,” said Adams, who noted that it happened randomly after seeing it had included “awakening” in the stories.
The artist said several other comic strips were also canceled by Lee Enterprises, but each decision was made individually.
The Post has reached out to Lee Enterprises and Scott Adams for comment.
“Dilbert” has appeared in thousands of newspapers across the United States and has spawned several Dilbert-themed calendars, books, and even a television show that ran from 1999-2000.
Adams recently started poking fun at environmental, social and governance issues, Fox reported, and in Tuesday’s latest flick, Adams introduces a new character named Dave, who is black but identifies as white.
“All the awareness and everything that’s infused with ESG … so those things found their way into the business world and then became right content for Dilbert,” Adams said.
“The problem is that even though it’s a workplace joke, people see it, but it’s more about how they implement it.”
According to Adams, several newspapers complained to him that their readers were dissatisfied with the content, but he wasn’t sure if that had anything to do with the removal of “Dilbert.”
“I’m talking about how the staff are dealing with the situation. It’s not about the goal. But that’s enough to make people think I need to take sides politically,” Adams explained.
The cancellation of his comic also dealt him a serious blow financially.
“It’s significant,” Adams said.