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Feb 1, 2009
PHB has no idea what Asok's beliefs are. He says "depending on your religious views". For all he knows or cares, Asok could belong to any religion or none. Toxicdude is seeing insults where there are none.
Feb 1, 2009
I do not understand toxidude's outburst at all. First of all, to say that Scott Adams is using Asok to insult ALL Indian Hindus is like saying that the television show M*A*S*H used Corporal Klinger to insult all Lebanese Christians. Asok is who he is--essentiallyTHE quiet, unassuming character who tries to stay out of everybody's way, tries desperately to NOT be utterly destroyed by all of the soul-destroying influences all around him, but sometimes he's just a human being who can't help himself.

Secondly, toxidude makes the preposterous assumption that the words coming from pointy-haired boss' mouth are coming from Adams'. What the hell, dude! PHB is a self-serving, insensitive moron (that is the point of who he is, ALWAYS). If you are a fan of Dilbert, you ought to know by now that every syllable that comes from his mouth is either incredibly stupid, incredibly offensive, or both.

Please note that first he tells Asok to do something that is seemingly harmless in order to give the appearance that SOMEBODY out there likes their company's products and services. At first glance, that may not be something that someone couldn't be convinced to do; however, THEN he tells him to use the occasion to attack their competitors--essentially use the review as a propaganda tool, which of course is the ONLY thing that "crossed" any "lines" in this cartoon.

Some people seem to be offended because they are looking for reasons to be offended.
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Feb 1, 2009
very nice! I think this happen a lot (sadly).

I like to look to customers reviews (Amazon reviews are amazing), but I'm always a little suspicious, because the many reviews are really an article.

Also, it's too much risk for the company hire people to do that. So the best thing to do is the author create many accounts and write the reviews. =D
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Feb 1, 2009
@ toxicdude

Making fun of Asok is not the same as making fun of Indians (which Adams has never done). That's the problem with including minority members as characters in the strip, people always assume they're being portrayed as stereotypical even when they aren't.

I also don't see how he "crossed the line with this one". And your insults are not warranted.
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Feb 1, 2009
"hindu culture does not reward people who sin with paradise and virgins"

Does that make any kind of sense?
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