POW! Entertainment, the media production company co-founded by the late Marvel Comics editor Stan Lee, has issued an open letter to comedian Bill Maher that says his recent criticism of Lee is "downright disgusting."
Mr. Maher, host of "Real Time" on HBO, sparked a widespread generalized reaction this week after he wrote a blog post mocking people in "mourning" over the passing of Lee, who died on November 12. at 95 years old
Mr. Maher accused comic book creators like Lee of molesting Americans, blaming them, in part, for creating a culture that elected President Trump. Dozens of writers and artists in the comic book industry have spoken out against the comedian, who has not yet commented on the reaction.
POW! Entertainment, which was founded in 2001 by Lee, Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman, criticized Mr. Maher in an open letter addressed to him on Monday.
"[T]or to say that Stan simply inspired people to "watch a movie" in our opinion, frankly disgusting ", read the letter, signed" Team Stan "." Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, heroes can have flaws, 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," they wrote. . "Our shock at his comments makes us want to say," said Nuff, Bill, "but instead, we will draw on another of Stan's lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so remember:" With great power you must also come, great responsibility! "