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Bill Maher's Anti-Stan Lee Blog Is Not Going Over Well

Maher drew a line from Marvel Comics legend to President Trump
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2018 6:30 AM CST
This June 2, 2017 photo released by HBO shows Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher," in Los Angeles.   (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP)

(Newser) – "Don't speak ill of the dead" is apparently not advice Bill Maher lives by. The comedian wrote a blog post about Stan Lee after the Marvel Comics icon died last week, and it was not exactly respectful in tone. "America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess," Maher wrote. He went on to say that while he has nothing against comics, he's frustrated with the fact that over the past couple decades, they went from being strictly "kid stuff" to being considered "sophisticated literature." Adults these days, he writes, don't think they should have to give up childish things—and the result, in his view? "We’re using our smarts on stupid stuff. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important."

Needless to say, a whole legion of Lee fans was not amused, USA Today reports. Some pointed out that Maher actually appeared in a Marvel movie; others pointed out questionable stances Maher has taken in the past. "This same guy rushed to celebrate Hugh Hefner’s legacy. Tells you what you need to know," tweeted Jonah Goldberg. Comic book artist Greg Capullo weighed in, tweeting, "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 wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself." And many rolled their eyes as they noted Maher's past controversies. "Being a white man in America is not realizing that Bill Maher is a bigoted, soulless d--- until he s---s on Stan Lee," tweeted Andi Zeisler. Added Torraine Walker, "Bill Maher 'bout to be outta here. The white fanboys who tell Blacks, women, POC and muslims to get over his insults and slurs can't stand having their own culture mocked." (Here's what Maher thinks of Roseanne.)

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