Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator, Compares Himself to Marilyn Davenport

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Narcissists facing major widespread scorn often compare themselves to historical firebrands. Libya's embattled Col. Moammar Gadhafi last month compared himself to Queen Elizabeth. Rod Blagojevich compared himself to Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. But no one can beat Glenn Beck, who has famously compared himself to Paul Revere, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

Strangely playing a different self-comparison game is Dilbert cartoon strip creator Scott Adams, who just compared himself to embattled teabagger Marilyn Davenport, the Obama chimp family emailer.


The comparison is made on the Scott Adams Blog, where the cartoonist muses about heat he received for defending himself online not using his own name but, as he put it, "under the name PlannedChaos and pretending to be the only person in the world who doesn't hate me."

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Scott Adams, planning chaos
Adams continues, "According to the wise and fair denizens of the Internet, this behavior is proof that I am a thin-skinned, troll, asshole, dick, fame-whore, ego maniac, douche nozzle, misogynist. That list might sound bad to you, but keep in mind that I was starting from a pretty low base, so I think my reputation is trending up."

Sounds like someone needs a hug, no?

Anyway, from this intro Adams slides into an interview between himself and his alter-ego PlannedChaos, which ends suddenly before picking up again with it about three-quarters of the way down. Anyone who finds Dilbert clever might feel the same about the mock interview.

Sandwiched between the shtick are a couple long paragraphs that reference the Davenport controversy. Adams begins by mentioning he is being targeted by "Men's Rights advocates, Feminists, and one bearded taint who is leading an anti-creationist movement" because things he has written were, he says, "taken out of context," presented "to the lazy Internet media who doesn't check context" and used to "demonize" him and "gain publicity for their respective causes."

It is how advocates get free publicity, according to Adams, who then claims that is what is happening to Davenport.

The same thing is happening with a Republican official who emailed some friends a humorous photo of President Obama's face on a chimp and a punch line about his birth certificate. If your only context is what the Internet says about this story, you assume it's a typical racist act by a Republican who is already guilty by association. But if I add the context that Googling "George Bush monkey" gives you over 3 million hits, and most of them are jokes where President Bush's face is transposed on a monkey, you see what's really going on. Democrats and advocates of civil rights are using the media to further an agenda at the expense of a woman who was probably so non-racist that the photo in question didn't set off her alarms as being a career-ending risk.

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The Dilbert Future, published in 1997, I predicted that in the future the media would start killing celebrities to generate demand for their so-called news. That seemed like a stretch when the worst part of the media was the tabloids. Now the Internet has given media power to the likes of Gawker, Metafilter, and any other cesspool with an IP address. When the low end of the media conspired with unscrupulous advocates to label the aforementioned Republican woman a racist, they probably killed her career, and they might end up killing her too.

Mercy, this fellow should draw a cartoon called "Gloomy Gus."

First, I don't think of Orange County Republican Party Central Committee representative as a career, but I suppose career politicians have to start somewhere. Still, Davenport, a retiree and grandmother, does not strike me as the type that sees her post as a career.

I would assume from this one post of Adams' writing I have read and Davenport's professed teabaggy political view that they would deplore someone sticking up for their race, gender or (non-Judeo-Christian) religion as "playing the victim."

And yet, notice how Adams makes himself and Davenport out to be the victims. He even props ol' Marilyn up for a sniper's bullet.

As Ronnie Reagan put it, "There you go again."

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kushibo
kushibo

Democrats and advocates of civil rights are using the media to further an agenda?!

Wasn't it the Republicans (i.e., not the Democrats) who outed her on this? Sure, a lot of Democrats are running with this, but if there was a conspiracy of some kind, sniff out the OC GOP.

Wait a minute... this is starting to sound like the birther controversy in reverse. From what I've read on the right, it was Hillary who started asking questions about where Barack Hussein Obama was born, and the conservative Republicans were just intrigued by her query.

That's sort of like how Al Gore was the one who found out about Willie Horton, which lets Bush41's campaign team off the hook for using the fugly criminal in a racially toned national television commercial.

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Hificat101

The reason it is funny to see Bush's face superimposed on a chimp is that he is an idiot. The reason racists find it funny to see a black man's face on a chimp, is because they consider black people to be animals.

The first tip off the Davenport was her racist. The second was her quick insistence that she "has black friends."

ming_on_mongo
ming_on_mongo

The third tip off was when she referred to "the" blacks.

BTW, sorry to hear that Scott Adams is really such a doofus. And he's a supposed Mensa guy too, although as one of his cartoons mentions, "intelligence has much less practical application than you might think!"

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MACCAPONE
MACCAPONE

BLACK POWER THIS WORLD IS GETTING MORE AND MORE RACIST MY BLACK PEOPLE WE NEED TO GO TO ORANGE COUNTY AND PROTEST NOW........

hoffmom
hoffmom

Yeah, because "BLACK POWER" and "MY BLACK PEOPLE" is totally inclusive and non-racist language. Just like if I were to say, "WHITE POWER" and encouraged "MY WHITE PEOPLE" to go protest the depictions of GWB as a monkey, or the fact that Eric Holder dropped charges against King Samir "Kill Some Crakka Babies" Shabazz. That would be totally ok, right?No? Why not??You want to know why some white people disrespect "YOUR" black people? THAT is why. You want to know why we can't all just get along? Why there is still racism? THAT is why. White people marched alongside MLK Jr and got beaten down and hosed down and attacked by dogs just like "YOUR" people, but with nothing to gain. White people worked alongside of black people to put laws in place to help elevate the status of "YOUR" people. White people, as well as black people, were instrumental in helping "YOUR" people rise above the slave mentality (where the Democratic party would like to see you return to stay). The vast majority of white people would like to get beyond the "black vs. white" dichotomy and refer to ALL people as "THEIR" people. YOU are a racist, breeding hatred and discrimination. Encouraging segregation. Acting like "your people" are more than human and "Whitey" is less. Sound familiar? Almost like we gained all of this ground as a people (nation) only to give it all away again, and redraw all the old divisions?Yeah.MLK Jr. you ain't. Get over yourself.

MACCAPONE
MACCAPONE

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Mrdobolena
Mrdobolena

Ooops. I took Adams' post as satire.

Vigilant Satyr
Vigilant Satyr

Davenport should have known of the racist roots of an image of that kind. It doesn't matter that the left did it to GWB the whole time he was president. This is a comparison that needs to be avoided because of the history involved. She needs to resign and apologize.

However, identifying her as a "teabagger" is also wrong and quite misogynistic. Did you really mean to state that she partakes in that particular sexual practice? And don't go begging off that you don't know what it means, you know exactly what it means and yet you continue to use it to identify and denigrate a somewhat popular political movement that quite obviously doesn't agree with you.

Anemone999
Anemone999

You know, I used to have quite of bit of respect for you.

rvm4
rvm4

What starts, in Dilweed's post as a pretty good argument in the teabag theory of "Yeah, well you did it too!" vein falls apart when you consider; the 3.5 million "Bush as a chimp" images were in direct relation to Bush behaving like a spoiled, well, chimp and that the 4.5 billion images of "Bush as a chimp" did not include his parents as monkeys. Nor was there an indication that any of those 6.5 trillion "Bush as a chimp" images were sent via email - or by any other means - by an elected, sitting member of a political office. Not that they weren't tempted.

Once upon a time Scott Adams was a semi-relevent cartoonist who was almost funny and could barely draw. However, ever since he revealed that he's just reprinting stories submitted by readers (without compensation) and using cut-and-paste on his "drawings" he's become nothing but a freeloading twerp with too much free time.

yestradamous
yestradamous

No, what might set Ms. Davenport up for harassment that exceeds mere words, is allowing her home address and phone number to be shown on another thread about her on this website.

Arthur
Arthur

Don't all leftists believe we come from apes? What's the problem? Oh yeah...need to destroy political enemies, nvm.

Mujokan
Mujokan

Scientist believe we are apes. White racists believe black people are less human than white people. Sorry if the logic there is too complicated.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Short and to the pont, excellant post.

John Doe
John Doe

You mean all SCIENTISTS believe we evolved from apes... yes that's true. So, what's your problem? Don't believe in science? And you're not ashamed to use your real name when broadcasting something even a schoolchild already knows?

drklassen
drklassen

Well, to be a bit more precise: humans and (other) apes share a common ancestor. http://stochasticscientist.blo...

The interesting bit is that, although chimps are our closest relative, we are chimps closest relative---i.e. we diverged from gorillas together and *then* we diverged.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, the schoolchildren who haven't been indoctrinated into pseudo-scientific drivel. Also educated non-scientists with adequate background to understand the reasoning behind the conclusions.

Guest
Guest

Wow you did exactly what Adams said you would do in his blog.

John Doe
John Doe

Wow, he must be PSSSychic or something! In addition to being a jerk. I used to like his cartoons, but I keep hearing new idiocy from him over and over; think I'll avoid Dilbert for awhile. The funniest thing is that a guy who clearly is at home in modern office environment with computers etc. still believes in Creationism! WOW!! Then, for a guy who appears smart, thinking he can be a jerk to 50% of the population (women) and get away with it! He's rapidly gaining on Bob Parsons, the idiot CEO of GoDaddy who likes to shoot endangered elephants to prove what a big man he is....

Ben
Ben

I think there is an obvious difference between the portrayal of a particular individual (George Bush) as a monkey and the portrayal of a black person using the very same allusion. Here's an example of the cartoons for George Bush: http://curezone.com/upload/_O_...The implication is of someone who is dim-witted, uncivilized (less evolved), or unsophisticated.I'm sure some people honestly scratch their heads at what makes one racist and the other not. Perhaps they are unfamiliar with the history of negative stereotypes about Blacks--especially during the early part of the 20th Century. Some stereotypes were more straightforwardly offensive--that Blacks were lazy and ignorant and that Black men were driven primarily by a primitive sexual drive. A more subtle yet equally offensive stereotype was of the always jovial servant who is uncivilized and enjoys being subservient. If you know about these stereotypes, it is not hard to understand why iconic images of the master-loving Aunt Jamima, the watermelon-eating happy-go-lucky Samba, or the primitive ape-like Black man are so offensive.

The intentional use of group stereotypes to describe one individual of that group also suggests that all members of that group are interchangeable and that the individual is not worthy of consideration--as if Obama is no more than the color of his skin.

While still offensive, at least the George Bush-monkey comparison was meant as an evaluation of him as an individual--and not based on his race. Considering Obama's reputation as elitist and intellectual (a pejorative to some), a similar comparison with Obama would appear racist.

While this cartoon was apparently about the birther issue, some may be more willing to give the benefit of the doubt, but the obvious question then is--why a family of monkeys (which just happens to coincide with a common racist comparison)?

While it is plausible that this was another example of someone totally unaware of the bigger picture of race in America, there have been several well-publicized examples on the very same topic. And there are always those who will continue to defend each example as an isolated case by focusing on the individual. But rather than always being defensive about an apparent double standard, why not read about why these associations are considered so offensive in the first place?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

Bill T.
Bill T.

A bit long, but then, history is long, no other criticism. Your post well illustrates the difference between the GBW chimp portrayals and the Obama instances. This non-understanding of history and why it is important do so is rampant, observe the posts on the KKK in O.C. series.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Weird, this reply to Ben (above) was also posted to Jofn Doe's (below).

Not In OC
Not In OC

Honestly, the first thing I thought of when I heard the Davenport story was the same thing Adams thought of: the "Chimpeach" images of Bush that I and my other lefty friends laughed at a few years ago. Whether this Davenport lady is racist or not, I don't know. It is a pretty inartful picture. But I do know that we're all descended from chimp-like apes, something our tea partying friends might disagree with. In the tacky Photoshop in question, both mom and dad are depicted as chimps, which would imply that his white mother is just as chimplike as his African father. Thus, if that is a racist image, it's pretty incoherent (not unusual for racist images). Anyway, I don't think Scott Adams is totally off base. He's apparently tin-eared, though.

C_Hopper
C_Hopper

Insubordination: in opposition to, in defiance of established authority, failure or refusal to recognize or submit to the authority of a superior, rebellious, open defiance of authority or resistance to control, mutinous pertains to revolt against constituted authority (Obama is the Commander and Chief of the Nation) especially that of a naval or military command, factious, divisiveness, dissension, or disunity within a group or an organization, seditious, treasonous, stirring up of resistance against a government.

This is why people get "FIRED" for doing this in the work place. Nuff Said.

Bill T.
Bill T.

"... probably so non-racist that the photo in question didn't set off her alarms ...", spare me. Requires epic ignorance to not understand that it might be offensive.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Wow, reading this over again, I just noticed Scott wrote this about how the Davenport scandal spread: "When the low end of the media conspired with ..." Is he talking about OC Weekly? Mox, Gustavo, Woo-inator: to the cannons!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Meh, Dilbert hasn't been funny since the 1990s--and even then...

 Guest
Guest

If Marilyn Davenport is sorry she should apologize to President Obama. If she is God fearing she should ask God's forgiveness. God in the end will judge us all and he knows what is in our hearts......She needs prayer...I will pray for her.

A.C64 year old Black grandmother.

Tiarebeach
Tiarebeach

Let the OCGOP know that this old, ignorant racist needs to go!!! Email: contact@ocgop.org.

Temecula1
Temecula1

I did! Thanks for sharing the email address. I'll pass it along to friends and family. I'm a Republican that feels this bigot has to go! Many more of us need to speak up. She is done!

milagros herrera
milagros herrera

you should find the deepest whole on earth and die there. you stupid lady... Either you like PRESIDENT Obama or not, HE is your president and was elected by the people. So you either sucked up and support your president. This is not his Country this is everyone's country.

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