Bill Maher Goes Off on Comic Book Culture. . . Again: ‘You Need to Grow Up’


Back in November, Bill Maher penned a blog post about people mourning Stan Lee‘s death with a take on how comic book culture is something people are supposed to grow out of instead of “using our smarts on stupid stuff,” even throwing out that “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.”

Maher was roundly criticized for that take and for using the occasion of Lee’s death as a jumping-off point to do so. He said a few days later he was not criticizing Lee personally, and added that the reaction to his post just proves his point.

But two months later he revisited the issue again, saying in his final New Rule tonight he’s gotten a lot of questions about it since then.

Maher said his point was just “to express my dismay at people who think comic books are literature and superhero movies are great cinema and who in general are stuck in an everlasting childhood.”

“You can, if you want,” Maher continued, “like the exact same things you liked when you were ten, but if you do you need to grow up. That was the point of my blog. I’m not glad Stan Lee is dead, I’m sad you’re alive.”

“There’s nothing wrong with a man writing comic books. There is something wrong with adults thinking they’re profound,” he said, before responding to the open letter Lee’s company released at the time.

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