It’s amusing that Bill Maher, the controversial host of Real Time and previously Politically Incorrect, would be so tame with his interview of the also controversial Milo Yiannopoulos (what exactly does he do?) but was willing in just a few sentences to slam the legacy of Stan Lee shortly after his death. The conversative groups, be it alt-right or white nationalist, that infringe on our goverment are far more dangerous than a guy who inspired millions through fantasical characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine or The Incredible Hulk. The fact he stated during the Milo interview that he has an open mind to someone who is a threat to this country’s freedom to accept others is frightening to me.
And before someone comes at me with a statement that Bill Maher is always controversial and that he has the right to share his opinions – let’s examine the difference: Bill Maher is on national television, most of us are not. Although everyone should be able to have an opinion based on fact, Bill Maher has a team of people at the ready that he could call upon to make his opinion more varied, or at least carry less of a sting that the short callous one he gave. In fact, he could have brought on guys like Kevin Smith who while also a filmmaker is a noted comic book fan and has even made his own comic book to help him understand how something he thinks is bullshit could have such an influence on American pop culture.
To further infurate people, he suggested than Stan Lee’s influence with comic books caused America to dumb down and allow the likes of Donald Trump to be president.
If Bill Maher wanted to ween people off of what he sees as an addiction to stories about guys with claws inside their hands and guys who turn green when angry, the worst thing you can do is go for the “high-brow” arguement. Telling kids, even adults, that Shakespeare is better literature does not inspire anyone to read as you are simply stating that it is better and not why. I seriously doubt Maher has the intellectual chops to sit down to actually demonstrate why comic books are bad and won’t ever attempt to as that would embrass him.
Bill can do better. The problem is whether his audience, who probably still go along with his antics, will demand he does.