The creator of the “Dilbert” cartoon series has stopped donating to the University of California, Berkeley, after being horrified by violent protests there against Milo Yiannopoulos.
Scott Adams, who became something of a pariah after endorsing Donald Trump for president, said the angry backlash to the speech convinced him he would no longer be “safe or welcome” on campus.
As a result, he revealed in a recent blog post, he will no longer give “my time and money” to Berkeley, where he studied for an MBA, despite having formerly been a “big supporter”.
Although he did not name Yiannopoulos in the post, he described him and seemed to delight in taking his side against the masked “anti-fascist” protesters who oppose him:
I’ve decided to side with the Jewish gay immigrant who has an African-American boyfriend, not the hypnotized zombie-boys in black masks who were clubbing people who hold different points of view. I feel that’s reasonable, but I know many will disagree, and possibly try to club me to death if I walk on campus.
The violent scenes at Berkeley, where three people were arrested, windows were smashed and Milo fans were pepper-sprayed, shocked many.
Among those who spoke out were President Trump himself – who heralded the prospect of a much bigger dent in Berkeley’s bank balance than Adams could by threatening to withdraw the school’s federal funding.