As we all know by now when Stan Lee passed away Bill Maher decided to post a blog that essentially belittle the comic book industry, it was a VERY bad time to do so. In his appearance on Larry King Now!, King asked Maher about his remarks about Stan Lee, and Maher clarified that he did not mean any ill will for Stan Lee, and that he was just pointing how the comic book had "dumbed down society" in his view. I did appreciate that Larry King had asked Maher about this, and gave Maher an opportunity to clear things up. All Bill did was clarify that he was not glad Stan Lee died, which his blog never suggested that, it just showed that Bill Maher takes inopportune timings for thing like this, just remember why ABC cancelled his show Politically Incorrect. I expected Larry to ask this question to Bill, since Larry King and Stan Lee were friends.
I had hoped that was the last of Bill Maher's ravings regarding the comic book industry well I was wrong since he did a New Rule segment on how Comic Books are for kids. Oh boy.
Well here we go Bill Maher is belittling comic book readers, and doubling down on his misinformed statements regarding Comic Books. First of all, many grown adults enjoy comic books as a spare time activity, and simply enjoy the material. Secondly there are comics meant for mature readers, anything published by Max of Vertigo is going to have a mature content warning on it. This goes to the heart of Bill Maher's argument, he's suggesting that people who enjoy comics books and video games aren't productive members of society, and haven't grown up. Which he is dead wrong about first of all many productive members of society enjoy these forms of entertainment. I'm a college student, and I had professors who enjoyed comic books. My philosophy professor was one of my favorite professors, first day of class he bragged about his Green Lantern comic book collection, I liked talking comic books with him, and I still do. I also have a job and many of my coworkers read comic books, and some even took off work for Planet Comic Con in Kansas City, I didn't, because I didn't know until it was too late, anyways moving on. Another thing I'd like to rebut is Maher's comment about how comic book readers don't read or enjoy books without pictures, I can say that's not true as a matter of fact I'm currently reading Rebooting the American Dream by Thom Hartmann and I've read the Bourne Novels, I enjoy comic books and I enjoy books, so. I'm sure many people on this site enjoy books and have a job. Bill also brings up instances where divorces happen because a partner can't stop playing video games, Bill that's not because adults are enjoying video games that's because they became addicted to video games as kids. Bill is also wrong about Shakespeare his work was viewed as unsophisticated back then, now it's viewed as art, and that's because acting as a whole was seen as unsophisticated. In fact Shakespeare was originally seen in the same light many now see Michael Bay, though I doubt Michael Bay's movies will ever go down as works of art. This reminds me of Gavin McInnes Gamergate rant from 2015.
You know you sound dumb Bill when you start to sound like Gavin McInnes of all people. Gavin's argument is even more ridiculous, Bill was just being ignorant, Gavin in this segment is arguing against making video games for adults and that video games should only be for kids. Gavin is also suggesting that grown adults who enjoy video games and implies comic books are mentally challenged. Also Gavin suggests enjoying fiction as a whole is childish, that's beyond ridiculous. Both men were looking for negative attention, and basically trolled people into paying attention to their ridiculous arguments. Bill Maher is especially known for taking a very very bad timing to make any remarks, like his 9/11 remarks (which he isn't wrong about), and thus why he'll be at the center of a lot of controversy. I will say Gavin McInnes' remarks from 2015 were dumber then again Gavin McInnes is Gavin McInnes. The like/dislike ratio on Gavin McInnes' video is satisfying unfortunately same couldn't be said for Bill Maher. Luckily they've been rebuked for their nonsense.
What I couldn't help but to find comical about these two examples is that both Maher and McInnes constantly rant about PC Culture which I find laughably hypocritical, they want us to grow up but still whine about "SJWisms." Now Gavin McInnes will view any promotion of racial equality as PC culture so his imput is almost meaningless. Whereas Bill Maher's insight is more understandable, because he at least supports gender, marriage, and racial equality he just doesn't want people being triggered over satire. I happen to agree with Bill Maher.
No Secular Talk fans I'm not Kyle Kulinski. This ultimately where I have to say Bill Maher's hypocrisy shows I know everyone will rush to bring up his Iron Man 3 cameo and point that out as an example of his hypocrisy, but I'll say his rants on PC culture and then belittling viewers who enjoy comics and games is far more hypocritical. One he condemns it coming from his side, the left, but ignores it when it comes from the right and as mentioned earlier he sounds like the right wing buffoons he makes fun of. The right gets triggered by athletes exercising free speech, that's right wingers getting worked up about their brand of Political Correctness. Another example is how right wingers get triggered about their side being mocked, hell Family Guy triggered MAGA guys, and it was enjoyable to watch Anti-SJWs act like SJWs they love to mock. To any Anti-Trumpers get your popcorn bags this is just one of many juicy examples.
Just goes to show that the real snowflakes are those on the right. Now as you can tell I love Politics and I as a matter in fact I've enjoyed Maher's comedy and I tend to enjoy his show. I will say in this instance he made a complete dumbass out of himself, and this goes back to his suggestion that comic books brought for the "dumbing down of society that brought us Trump." First of all many comic book readers hate Trump or can't take him seriously whatsoever. Secondly Bill Maher blaming the rise of Trump on people enjoying comics, instead of the failed Neoliberal policies that have been in place since Reagan, shows that Bill isn't really committed to the progressive movement he claims to be a part of, which is disappointing to me, because I have found Maher funny (this is my favorite New Rule segment bellow), and just proves the point of his left wing critics that he's a left wing Rush Limbaugh if Rush were a comedian.
Even in this video there's hypocrisy, 1. He puts the Umbrella Corp. logo in the Giuliani video, which is from a video. 2. He takes a shot at Glenn Beck only to sound like Beck months later.
Think about how foolish you sound when you end up sounding like the people you mock. Now I will say anyone who tries to politicize or tries to suggest that there's a political agenda to comics or games deserves to be mocked. No Bullshit is the perfect example of the kind of person who deserves to be mocked by getting triggered over Family Guy. Another good example of people who deserve to be mocked for being triggered by comics or any other form of entertainment, is the author of this Breitbart article, which was brilliantly destroyed by TYT and the Independent, deserved to be mocked.
I'll give Cenk and TYT credit for not belittling anyone who enjoys comics, games, movies, etc., as a matter of fact TYT did a show called Nerd Alert which was for the comic book readers, gamers, and nerds in general, I enjoyed that show, and I was even given a top fan badge of FB. Like or hate TYT give them respect for acknowledging that their are fans of comics in their audience, and not belittling them because they enjoy comics. I'm disappointed they cancelled Nerd Alert, and I hope they bring it back. This disproves Maher's narrative about comic readers being misinformed since many of them do follow politics whether they are left, right, or center they may enjoy comics, like I do. Maher wants to talk about dumbing down politics, let's talk about reelecting this guy (George W. Bush).
In short Bill Maher made a dumbass assumption about comic book readers, just because Trump quoted a comic book movie doesn't mean readers helped his rise to power. Keep in mind Chris Kyle painted Punisher skulls on his equipment, and an elected member of Congress quoted a Graphic Novel. I gotta admit Cenk Uygur does a good Bane impression.
Bottom line Bill Maher made a dumbass about of himself on comics and sounded like Gavin McInnes which is someone Maher has mocked. I'm not in the camp of "though shall not speak of the dead" because there are valid criticisms of people that shouldn't be ignored, I know for Stan Lee there were few, but those were still relevant, but for someone like George H.W. Bush who died just days later there were many and they were ignored by the press. If you want great political satire check out the Jimmy Dore Show and Redacted Tonight, Steven Crowder isn't that funny. I now many would like to keep politics off this website, and I respect that and I'll do my best to avoid it. I did not post this to stir up fights between the right and the left, I posted this to point out how Bill Maher made an ass out of himself on this issue, and this is coming from a fan of his. In conclusion comic book readers are more informed than Maher thinks and a lot of them don't like Trump, I can't stand him, anyways liking comics as an adult is fine.