A lot of people hate Bill Maher for his smugness. He has enraged conservatives for his “Religulous” views and outraged liberals for having Milo Yiannopoulos and Steve Bannon on his HBO show.
But now he has pissed off the biggest and loudest group of humans imaginable: Superhero Fans!
Following the death of comicbook super-creator Stan Lee, Maher wrote the following on his Real Time Blog.
“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.”
To be fair, this came from a much longer post, which you can read in full here.
Maher is not wrong to criticize comic book culture. It is his right to not like something that many others do. Just like it’s their right to call him a killjoy (or worse, much, much worse). Maher has a legitimate point in taking note of how modern culture supports a kind of arrested development for many of us. He writes, “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.” That is a fair observation.
Where Bill Maher is wrong is that he goes onto judge and blame this “geek-obsessed” culture for electing Trump or worse. It does not track. Our society is more politically active and tuned into what the government is doing than ever before. To claim that the popularity of superhero films takes our eye off the ball, keeps us from focusing on more important issues is not reflective of reality, or any of our Facebook feeds. We have time for both diversions and seriousness.