Bill Maher Responds To Backlash Over Comic Book Comments: “I Am Agnostic On Stan Lee” – Update

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.
then went on to drag Maher saying that him saying Lee inspired people to "watch a movie" was disgusting. POW! "Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls," the letter said.
“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.” On the Real Time With Bill Maher blog (not on his show) Maher recognized that the world is mourning Lee’s death but then went on to say that Lee "inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie" with his signature sarcasm. He also went on to put comic books on blast: "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,” he wrote.
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Entertainment posted an open letter to the Real Time host that criticized his commentary he posted over the weekend. PREVIOUS: In a response to Bill Maher's recent remarks about the death of Stan Lee and comic books, the Marvel legend's team at POW!
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UPDATE with video interview, Wednesday 12:30 PM: Bill Maher recently appeared on Larry King Now and addressed his comments about Stan Lee and comic books that have drawn ire and backlash from social media.
Mr. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated.
He continued to criticize how adults don’t give up “kid stuff” and says that they have “pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.” He adds that there are over 4,500 colleges in America and that “we need more professors than we have smart people” before saying that “dumb people got to be professors” for writing theses about comic books.
And for people to get mad at that just proves my point." What I was saying is, a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb fucking culture. He told King that he didn't know much about the Marvel comic icon and insists that it wasn't a "swipe" at him. "I am agnostic on Stan Lee. "I didn't even read them when I was a child. I don't read comic books," he said.
On their website, they posted a letter to Maher saying that great creators like Lee "make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human being." The letter adds, " One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare." POW! wasn't about to let this go unnoticed.
Read the letter in its entirety below.
But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls.
Last week, Maher wrote a post on the Real Time blog titled "Adulting" saying that Lee inspired people to "watch a movie" and he focused on slamming adult fans of comic books and said that they weren't a legitimate piece of literature. During the interview with King he said that he wasn't aware that his comments made people mad because he "doesn't follow every stupid thing people lose their shit about" on social media.
Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

Bill Maher Addresses Stan Lee’s Death, Says Adults Pretend Comic Books Are “Sophisticated Literature”

Maher's commentary comes shortly after Armie Hammer fired off a sarcastic tweet about Stan Lee's death saying: "So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee… no better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself."
"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," he said.
The post seems less about Stan Lee's death and more about the country's obsession with comic books and the movies that accompany them.
"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," he wrote in a blog post titled 'Adulting'. "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." On the Real Time With Bill Maher blog, Maher recognized that the world is mourning Lee's death but then, with his on-brand outspoken rhetoric, went into the relationship adults have with comic books.
The tweet immediately drew backlash and he has since deleted it and posted an apology. "I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart and will be working on my Twitter impulse control."” /> "While attempting to provide unnecessary social commentary about the current selfie culture, I (in true asshat form — thank you Jeffrey Dean Morgan) inadvertently offended many who were genuinely grieving the loss of a true icon," he said.
He concludes by saying, "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."
This week, comic book legend and pop culture icon Stan Lee died and while his fans, colleagues, and members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe mourned his death, Bill Maher addressed his death from another angle.
He went on to say that 20 years ago, adults didn't give up "kid stuff" and says that they have "pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature." He adds that there are over 4,500 colleges in America and that "we need more professors than we have smart people" before saying that "dumb people got to be professors" for writing theses about comic books.