Bill Maher blames Marvel legend Stan Lee for Donald Trump becoming president 'in a country that thinks comic books are important'
Of course, Bill Maher's opinion was slammed immensely all over social media, especially since he thinks MCU stopped Americans' brains from further development
Comedian Bill Maher has some interesting insights to share about the state of mind of America's voters and according to him, the entire blame for Donald Trump getting elected as the President goes to Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee. According to Maher, the success of Marvel Comics has had negative impacts on the minds of American voters, and his views arrived while fans worldwide are still mourning the passing of Lee, after news of his death on November 12.
"The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning," Maher wrote on the blog for his HBO show, 'Real Time'. "Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess."
He continued: "But then twenty years or so ago, something happened — adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges — which means we need more professors than we have smart people — some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer."
The sole basis of Maher's theory is based on the reasoning that Marvel Comics didn't allow Americans' brains from further development, and for all of that, Lee is to be blamed. He concluded the post writing: "The problem is, 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."
Obviously, this brash criticism didn't get overlooked by ardent fans of the Marvel Comics Universe, and soon occurred an outpouring of social media posts, slamming Maher for his opinion. Comic book artist Greg Capullo tweeted, "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."
"Bill Maher just took a dump on the comic book legend, universally beloved man — Stan Lee who just died, and by extension the whole community of readers and every single person who loved comics growing up," another Twitter user wrote. "On top of being a clueless Berniebro, Bill Maher is truly a piece of trash."
A third one shared: "Bill Maher’s trashy, pointless, and bitter sounding 'blog post' is no shock. He makes a living off criticizing and trashing other people‘s work. He’s a 'comic' that people laugh at and agree with and then fancy themselves smart & progressive," adding #RIPStanLee.
Other noteworthy opinions on the topic included resentment-filled tweets like: "I don't know and don't particularly care who Bill Maher is. I just know that anyone who pisses on people for mourning a man who helped make them happy is a titanic waste of space." Another person wrote "I just read Bill Maher's latest blog," alongside a photo that illustrated their frustration. "Bill Maher sure didn’t mind taking that check to appear in Iron Man 3 though," quipped another social media user.