In a recent blog post, Bill Maher crapped on the late Stan Lee — and on fans of Lee’s work. Because of course he did:

Via Geek Tyrant:

“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. Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’

“Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own. 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.”

Maher took plenty of heat for that, including from celebrated author and geek culture icon Neil Gaiman:

Oh, snap. Well said, don’t you think?

This guy didn’t:

But Gaiman wasn’t about to be shamed for suggesting that Bill Maher’s free speech rights should be curtailed — because Gaiman wasn’t suggesting that at all. Instead, he offered up this single-tweet refresher course on what free speech actually entails:


We couldn’t’ve said it better ourselves.


We’d say so, yeah!