Earlier in the week, Bill Maher wrote a blog post on his website, asking why the culture venerates Stan Lee and his comics so much. In other words, Bill said he didn’t find it surprising that a society that values comic books as deep, intellectual art, would also elect Donald Trump as its president.
During an appearence on Larry King Now, the HBO star sat down with the host and said he hasn’t been paying attention to all of the upset fans online because he doesn’t follow what everyone on social media is upset about.
Following Stan Lee’s death earlier in the month, Maher was on his Real Time blog on the 17th of November and wrote a long post criticizing the significance at which individuals value comic books as well as the movies based off of them.
Maher wrote that Stan had inspired people to merely “go see a movie.” Later on, Stan’s team over at POW! Entertainment responded to the remarks, referring to Bill’s comments as “disgusting.” On Twitter, a cascade of fans accused Bill of being “stupid,” and “insensitive,” among other ad hominem attacks.
In a later statement, POW!’s representatives wrote that comic books are important because they “make us feel, make us think, and teach us lessons,” which ultimately inspires humans to be better.
On Larry King’s show, Bill described himself as an “agnostic” regarding Stan Lee, because he never read comic books as a kid, and he doesn’t as an adult either.
Maher added, “a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb f*cking culture.” He went on to say that people getting mad at his comments merely proves his point. As it was previously reported, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95-years-old.
His legacy includes a plethora of essential comic books later turned into movies. Some of his most famous works include Spiderman, Avengers, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, X-Men, and many others.