Comedian and talk show host Bill Maher recently came under fire for his remarks about comic book fans and comics creator Stan Lee just days after the man died.
Maher is an avowed non-reader of comics, dismissing the art form entirely as a child’s endeavour. While his original remarks had some legitimate concerns about the growing sense of infantilisation of pop culture, he also disparaged Lee’s legacy in the process.
Lee’s company POW! Entertainment responded with a statement in which they branded Maher’s comments “disgusting” but Maher hasn’t spoken about them since. Now, speaking with Larry King this week, Maher says he’s unaware of what people are saying as he cares little for social media. He goes on to say that he didn’t mean to take a swipe at Stan Lee, but the complaining only proves his point:
“But talk about making my point for me: Yeah, I don’t know very much about Stan Lee and it certainly wasn’t a swipe at Stan Lee… I am agnostic on Stan Lee. I don’t read comic books. I didn’t even read them when I was a child. What I was saying is, a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb [frick]ing culture. And for people to get mad at that just proves my point.”
You can see the interview segment below: