Katie Reul editor The centerpiece of “Saturday Night Live’s” March 4 “Weekend Update” segment was a skewering of “Dilbert” comic creator Scott Adams, who went on a racist rant last month that spurred dozens of newspapers to drop his long-running syndicated cartoon strip.
Michael Che, co-anchor of “Update” with Colin Jost, interviewed the cubicle-dweller himself, the cartoon character Dilbert, in an effort to understand how Adams could have gone so off the rails in suggesting that white people are under threat from Black people.
Over the course of a controversial YouTube video posted Feb. 22, Adams described how he purposely moved to a community with no Black residents and urged white viewers to “get the hell away from Black people.” He also called the Black community a “hate group.” On “Weekend Update,” Che chided Jost about Adams: “So he lives in your community, huh?”” The portrayal of the pupil-less Dilbert character fell to “SNL” featured player Michael Longfellow, who came out to sit across from Che on the “Update” anchor desk in full Dilbert regalia: “Michael, I think I can speak for myself and the entire all-white staff at the ‘Dilbert’ offices when I say this is a total shock.
I mean, most cartoonists are weird. But racist weird? Let’s just say, I never got that memo.”Dilbert stops by the Update desk!Read more on variety.com