POW! Entertainment publishes a statement in response to insulting comments by Bill Maher on Stan Lee, his legacy and the fans of the world of comics that he helped create. The controversial personality of the television shared its two cents by the death of Lee the past week, but instead of sending a message of love and support, Maher tried to invalidate the contribution of the comic writer to the American culture and mocked the people who continue to love and care for them. Superhero stories.
Lee died at the age of 95 last Monday after suffering a series of health problems in the last year that forced him to start skipping public commitments. Since then, the geek community and the entertainment industry in general have been mourning the loss of one of the pioneers of the comics scene. Lee's peers and fans around the world have paid their respects to the legend in their own way. Then enter Maher, who could not have chosen a worse time to make fun of the community.
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Maher quickly provoked a great reaction, with countless fans and public figures reprimanding him for his insensitive comments. Some did not miss the opportunity to point out that he agreed to make a brief cameo in Iron Man 3 (based on one of the characters created by Lee), although his part was finally eliminated from the final cut of the film. Now, POW! The entertainment officially responds to Maher's "disgusting" feelings. Read the complete company letter below:
Mr. Maher: Comics, like all literature, are narrative devices. When 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 that Stan taught to many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful to be able to say that he is entitled to his opinion that 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.
These are just some of the things that we, the admirers of Stan Lee, also consider "adults," because life, as much as a child as an adult, can be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of many of the positive tools of adulthood.
Our surprise at his comments makes us want to say "Nuff said, Bill", but instead, we will draw on another of Stan's lessons to remind him that he has a powerful platform, so remember: "With great power you must also come " – Big responsibility!"
The Maher controversy is not the first to come out in the light of Lee's death. Call me by your name the star Armie Hammer was in the hot water after unnecessarily criticizing those who published photos of themselves with the late legend on social networks to commemorate it. According to the actor, it is nothing more than a form of self-promotion. Hammer already apologized for his comments, but it is doubtful that Maher will follow his example, since for a long time it has become a habit to court the controversy.
POW! Entertainment is currently busy continuing with respect for Stan Lee. In addition to managing a virtual wall where fans can post their messages and tributes, the company also said they are planning a public memorial for the prolific writer and creator. I hope Maher does not feel the need to weigh that too, and instead, decide to let those who miss Lee cry in peace this time. You have the right to your opinion, but there are better uses of your platform than denigrating others.
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Source: POW! Entertainment
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