A couple of weeks ago, Uber investor Chris Sacca snarkily Tweeted to Pando’s Sarah Lacy that the world had “moved on” from caring that an Uber executive had threatened to destroy her and her family over our coverage of the company.
Of course, every sane person who saw Sacca’s Tweet realized it was some extremely wishful thinking by a man who stands to make an exorbitant amount of money from Uber, and who has to try every positive affirmation trick in the book to rationalize the human and karmic costs of his windfall.
Because let’s be honest: No matter how successful Uber gets, it’s going to take a very, very long time before the world forgets how the company achieved its dominance. Not just the threats towards journalists, but the non-existent background checks, the assaults (plural), the rapes (plural) and whatever horror lurks around the next corner.
Today’s proof of that came from an unexpected corner: Scott Adams’ latest Dilbert strip, which finds Dilbert’s boss dealing with the fallout of threatening, at a dinner filled with journalists, to destroy any reporter who writes a negative story about his company. The strip is a pitch-perfect reference to the Uber threats and, like those Law and Order ripped from the headlines episodes, shows that the company’s misdeeds are now so well known that they’re fodder for mainstream parody.
“Now no sane writer would write a negative article about us… I can’t tell if you’re a brilliant leader or criminally insane,” says Dilbert. Of course, the only thing missing from the strip is a Dilbertized version of Chris Sacca insisting it’s definitely, absolutely, positively the former — before diving into a swimming pool filled with cash and tears.
You can see the full strip here.