HBO night presenter and comedian Bill Maher clarified his earlier statement about Stan Lee after the death of the comic book legend.
During an interview in Larry king nowMaher said he had just learned of the uproar over his statement, noting that "he does not follow all the stupidities that people lose their $ #! + Envelope" on social media.
Maher went on to clarify that his comments were not conceived as a personal attack on Lee, but were duplicated in those comments as a critique of the artistic medium that Lee helped revolutionize and the culture that encompasses it.
"But talk about my point of view for me: yes, I do not know much about Stan Lee and it certainly was not a strong blow for Stan Lee Yes, well, I'm an agnostic about Stan Lee," said Maher. I do not read comic books. I did not even read them when I was a kid. What I was saying is that a culture that thinks that comic books and comics are profound meditations on the human condition is foolish * * The culture of the king. And that people get angry with that just proves my point. "
Maher's initial comments seemed dismissive of Lee's legacy and condescending toward adults who still enjoy the comic format.
"The guy who created Spider-Man and Hulk has died, and the United States is in mourning, deep and deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I do not know, watch a movie, I suppose," Maher wrote in a blog post. on the website of your show, Real time. "Now, I have nothing against comics, I read them from time to time as a child and I did not have Hardy Boys, but the assumption that everyone had, both adults and children, was that the comics were for children, and when you grew up you went to the books of big children without the photos ".
Lee's team in POW! Entertainment responded to Maher with a statement of its own:
"Mr. Maher: Comics, like all literature, are narrative devices, when they are written well by great creators like Stan Lee, they make us feel, they make us think and they teach us lessons that, with luck, make us better human beings One lesson, Stan We taught that many of us were tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful to be able to say that you are entitled to your opinion that the comics are childish and unsophisticated Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck , Melville and even Shakespeare.
But to say that Stan simply inspired people to "watch a movie" is, in our opinion, downright disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made of absolutes, that heroes can have defects, and even villains can show humanity within their souls. "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 intimidated, while inspiring many to be creative and dream of great things to come."
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