Shortly after the season finale of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher aired on Friday night, the comedian published a blog post, crushing the comic book industry and Stan Lee in particular.
On his blog he writes:-
The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, “I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.” Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own. Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.
But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer. And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it “adulting,” and act like it’s some giant struggle.
I’m not saying we’ve necessarily gotten stupider. The average Joe is smarter in a lot of ways than he was in, say, the 1940s, when a big night out was a Three Stooges short and a Carmen Miranda musical. The problem is, we’re using our smarts on stupid stuff. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.
Without detailing how Lee’s contribution has caused America to “get stupider,” Maher stated: “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.”
Needless to say, it sparked major backlash
This comment by Lyrica Coral really puts Maher in his place, by pointing out the lessons of humanity in Stan Lee’s comics.
The self-appointed condescension with which you, and many others in the media/entertainment industry use to look down on people who find inspiration in things you aren’t personally a fan of, is why you will have no legacy.
Stan Lee never looked down on anyone. He began writing comics to bring people together. His heroes were common people, who suddenly found themselves given an extraordinary gift. They didn’t always use that gift appropriately or faithfully to help others, and struggled with their own failings a great deal of the time. Yet they were heroes because they persisted in overcoming their failings, to help those around them that needed their help. They were heroes because despite the gifts they had, they did not look down at others who did not have their gifts.
In fact, they often sought the company of those with no gifts, but who were beacons of morality and ethics, to help them along. People such as yourself lack ethics, or gifts. You’re not heroes, and upon your passing, you memory will never enjoy what Stan Lee earned through the generosity, sincerity and kindness of his spirit. Jealousy isn’t a good look for you, Mr. Maher.