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Marvel Fans Are Furious At Bill Maher For Disrespecting Stan Lee’s Legacy

Ever since Stan Lee tragically passed away earlier this week at the age of 95, the internet's been flooded with tributes from fans, colleagues, admirers and more. Not a day's gone by where we haven't stumbled across a touching message from someone paying their respects and saying how much joy Stan brought to their life, while some companies have even gone so far as to take out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to show their appreciation.

Ever since Stan Lee tragically passed away earlier this week at the age of 95, the internet’s been flooded with tributes from fans, colleagues, admirers and more. Not a day’s gone by where we haven’t stumbled across a touching message from someone paying their respects and saying how much joy Stan brought to their life, while some companies have even gone so far as to take out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to show their appreciation.

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But one person who doesn’t seem to care much for the legacy Stan Lee left behind is Bill Maher. The controversial television host/comedian hopped on his blog earlier this week and more or less disrespected the iconic comic book creator while also taking some shots at the industry as a whole.

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” wrote Maher. “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. Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures. “

That’s just one part of the post, and if you hadn’t already guessed, folks aren’t too happy about it. Stan Lee inspired and brought happiness to the lives of so many people around the world through his work and the characters he created, and for Maher to trash all that is completely uncalled for. As such, the fans have responded accordingly, slamming him for what he said.

https://twitter.com/jonbernhardt/status/1063610205131419648

Though a few people on Twitter have actually been defending Maher, or at least trying to play Devil’s Advocate, the general consensus seems to be that his blog post was completely ignorant and insensitive – and the internet is definitely letting him know that over on social media. Of course, that’s unlikely to change anything and it’s not as if we expect him to issue some sort of apology, but it’s still nice to see that folks aren’t holding back.

After all, whether you were a fan or not, no one can deny that Stan Lee left a profound mark on this world, and as long as new stories keep being told with his iconic characters, his legacy will continue to live on.


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