The centerpiece of “Saturday Evening Dwell’s” March 4 “Weekend Replace” phase was a skewering of “Dilbert” comedian creator Scott Adams, who went on a racist rant final month that spurred dozens of newspapers to drop his long-running syndicated cartoon strip.
Michael Che, co-anchor of “Replace” with Colin Jost, interviewed the cubicle-dweller himself, the cartoon character Dilbert, in an effort to know how Adams might have gone so off the rails in suggesting that white persons are below menace from Black individuals.
Over the course of a controversial YouTube video posted Feb. 22, Adams described how he purposely moved to a group with no Black residents and urged white viewers to “get the hell away from Black individuals.” He additionally referred to as the Black group a “hate group.”
On “Weekend Replace,” Che chided Jost about Adams: “So he lives in your group, huh?””
The portrayal of the pupil-less Dilbert character fell to “SNL” featured participant Michael Longfellow, who got here out to sit down throughout from Che on the “Replace” anchor desk in full Dilbert regalia: “Michael, I feel I can converse for myself and all the all-white employees on the ‘Dilbert’ workplaces after I say this can be a complete shock. I imply, most cartoonists are bizarre. However racist bizarre? Let’s simply say, I by no means acquired that memo.”
Longfellow donned a big rubber head piece designed to emulate the cartoonish wavy contours of the characters head. “My hair is pores and skin,” Dilbert lamented. “It’s the good tragedy of my life.”
Embodying Dilbert, Longfellow weaves an elaborate story of how a spontaneous determination to take a day without work from work led to him having an epiphany about an inevitable race warfare. By studying the works of Black radicals and socialist thinkers resembling Karl Marx, Longfellow’s Dilbert character is aligned with much more progressive ideologies than these espoused by his creator.
“Are you prepared? As a result of Dilbert is prepared,” Longfellow roars. “I awakened this morning able to take to the streets and paint the town with the blood of a white man.”