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On November 12, the world became just a little grayer with the death of Stanley Martin Lieber, a.k.a. Stan Lee. In his 95 years on this Earth, Stan "The Man" Lee -- along with such luminaries as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Gene Colan and John Romita-- built a universe.

And then Bill Maher decided to be a Bill Maher. Maher wrote a piece titled "Adulting" for his Real Time With Bill Maher Blog and released it prior to the final episode of the season. He begins the piece like this:

The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep morning for a man who inspired millions to, I don't know, watch a movie, I guess.

Sure. He guesses.


But Maher continues:

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.

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.

In graphic novels and comic books there's plenty of mature and well written content by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, Ann Nocenti, Louise Simonson,Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Gail Simone, Ann Nocenti, Louise Simonson, Judd Winnick, Tom King and Brad Meltzer, to name a few. Things like:

Getting imploded due to uncompromising Objectivist morality...

Watchmen- Alan MooreDC Comics

Graphic vigilante violence and language...

Punisher- Garth EnnisMarvel Comics

Existential ponderings on existence itself...

Sandman- Neil GaimanDC Comics/Vertigo

Or the graphic death, loss and trauma of your father's murder.

Identity Crisis- Brad MeltzerDC Comics

Cursory research could have given you this, but Maher didn't want to negate his argument with any kind of thought. So he said this:

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.

Of course in order to believe this you have to ignore that Trump's predecessor and the forever president, Barack Obama, was not only a fan but was shaped by his favorite hero Spider-Man.

Marvel Comics

But maybe if Maher had read and retained the lessons in the comics written by Stan Lee and others, he would have learned this wise maxim: "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility."

This was perhaps the most enduring lesson Stan Lee ever taught. A few examples of failing at this lesson are Maher using his power (his platform) to irresponsibly elevate Milo Hanrahan (fuck him, that's his last name. I'm calling him by the name of the father he has issues with instead of his preferred grandmother's name), who Maher calls "a younger Christopher Hitchens" ONE WEEK before he resigned Breitbart following outrage over his past comments about pedophilia. (A downfall that then Maher tried to take credit for.)

Or there's Maher thanking Steve Bannon for appearing on his show and telling him, "Says volumes why Republicans are in power and we have none," five weeks before the midterm election 'Blue Riptide' (because you don't see it, but it kills you!!).


Or the numerous appearances of Ann Coulter, Kellyanne Conway, Dana Rohrabacher, Matt Schlapp, Glenn Greenwald, Tomi Lahren, Boris Epshteyn, Louise Mensch, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and many more. You can get lost in a rabbit hole for days filled with the worst people that Bill Maher gave a platform to and normalized.

Maher is a hypocritical assclown lost past the point of his relevance -- other than empowering the worst elements of America.

Funny, how he forgot this check cleared. Hypocrite.

Stan Lee stood for what made it better.

Marvel Comics

Good bye, Stan. "Excelsior."

R.I.P Stan Lee media1.giphy.com

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Michael Mora

Pop Culture observer & Comics fan. Amateur Movie Reviewer. Political Freelance Writer @wonkette. Marine, Husband & Dad. Opinions are mine only.

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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