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Bill Maher Blames Stan Lee and Comic Books for America Electing Donald Trump as President

November 17, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Real Time host and political commentator Bill Maher published a controversial blog post earlier today criticizing late comics creator Stan Lee (real name Stanley Martin Lieber), passed away last Monday (Nov. 12) at the age of 95. Maher even went as far as blaming a country that thinks comics are important are responsible for Donald Trump becoming President of the United States.

Maher wrote: “The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. 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.”

Maher criticized adults continuing to like comics, which are for kids, as a source of problems in today’s culture. He added, “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.”

Maher 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. And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it ‘adulting,’ and act like it’s some giant struggle.”

Maher ended the blog with blaming a country thinking comics are important as a cause to Donald Trump getting elected as president. He stated, “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.”

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