Stan Lee is revered in pop culture in the age where Marvel has taken over cinema. So it wasn't wise for the proverbial bull, Bill Maher, to mess with Lee and his life's work.
Bill Maher decided to tear down Stan Lee in a blog post that literally nobody asked for called "Adulting".
"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," wrote the comic in a snarky tone that did not please the general public."
Bill Maher dismissed an entire storytelling medium? Wow. He's so highbrow. His brow is so high, there's probably less room for a mind.— Tom Taylor (@Tom Taylor) 1542467178.0
I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t w… https://t.co/mLI5meZMOm— Greg Capullo (@Greg Capullo) 1542466988.0
Maher seemed to take issue with the fact that "they [fans] pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature" and ignored the greater responsibilities of life--a sentiment that largely echoes the values of 80s Reagan-era conservatism, drawing a distinct line between the things "for adults" and the things "for children" with little-to-no room for overlap.
Sophisticated literature can come in many forms, and if you write off an entire industry because you're too stupid… https://t.co/kW5y0GBoaU— 🍗 .ashley. 🍁 (@🍗 .ashley. 🍁) 1542481315.0
I also notice that people who shit on comics as irrelevant don't usually read them or haven't since they were kids… https://t.co/ajbG201Jtf— Darick Robertson (@Darick Robertson) 1542415690.0
It's crazy to me that Bill Maher is using Stan Lee's death to insult the maturity of comic book fans. It's crazily… https://t.co/u5GTuDvMCP— Nathan Rabin (@Nathan Rabin) 1542466275.0
Maher’s just trolling, and lots of people are rising to the troll. (Julie Burchill did it better 30 years ago with… https://t.co/AoEbb1T62P— Neil Gaiman (@Neil Gaiman) 1542481649.0
The stupidity of people that think comics and video games can’t mature, complex and well-written art never ceases t… https://t.co/nnYEeboD7J— Aaron T. Starks 🌊 (@Aaron T. Starks 🌊) 1542480878.0
One of Bill Maher's favorite pastimes is stoking the fire, but it's impossible to tell whether or not he's kidding in this instance.
Either way, nobody had patience for it.
@StarkyLuv73 @neilhimself Bill Maher is smug, and often wrong, as he is here.— Tomas Laverty (@Tomas Laverty) 1542481820.0
@StarkyLuv73 @neilhimself Oh I remember Bill Maher. Didn’t he used to be funny?— Jimmy "Stan Lee is Dead and I'm Sad" Regan (@Jimmy "Stan Lee is Dead and I'm Sad" Regan) 1542483770.0
@StarkyLuv73 @neilhimself I'm a teacher. I'm down for almost anything that peaks a kid's interest in reading. There… https://t.co/bPGvssVAhC— Mademoiselle Aimée (@Mademoiselle Aimée) 1542505770.0
@StarkyLuv73 @neilhimself Transmetropolitan and Preacher are more creative than any thought Maher has ever had.— Marty Finley (@Marty Finley) 1542491221.0
@StarkyLuv73 @neilhimself Unfortunately Maher sometimes thinks he is Miller, the guy who was funny back in his SNL days, but not now.— meh. (@meh.) 1542485606.0
Hey Bill Maher, Comic books ARE important, you pompous fuck. Stories give people hope. Hope is a good thing. It is… https://t.co/HIwxdCu5s8— God 🌈 (@God 🌈) 1542500675.0
Here’s a thing, even if you don’t care about comics. @billmaher saw a mass of people grieving and thought, ‘Hey, h… https://t.co/SR0IityO54— GAIL SIMONE (@GAIL SIMONE) 1542495038.0
the funniest part of Bill Maher complaining that we should read books for grown ups is that he thinks Sam Harris writes books for grown ups— Saladin Ahmed (@Saladin Ahmed) 1542495613.0
Bill Maher has done the impossible: gotten the entirety of comics fandom to agree on something— G. Willow Wilson (@G. Willow Wilson) 1542476788.0
It is almost 2019, how are there still people who watch Bill Maher?— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@(((YousefMunayyer)))) 1542502594.0
Will this be the nail in Maher's smarmy, smug coffin?