Dear Bill Maher,

Stan Lee was more than just “a guy who drew cartoons”.

Dear Bill Maher,

I understand you like being the provocateur and love being in the spotlight. You talk about “Adulting” since your idea of it is, as we all know; your fetishes and sexapades (those secret sex clubs you attend where you dress up in diapers and masks, you know?).

I’d like you to take an honest look in the mirror and ask yourself this,

“When was the last time you inspired someone?”, instead of spreading hatred.

“When was the last time you showed compassion?”, instead of acting like a bully.

“When was the last time you apologised for using a racially derogatory term?”, instead of gloating about it and blaming P.C. culture.

But the most crucial question of all is, “When was the last time you truly showed any sense of humanity?”

I understand Donald Trump gets you all the views, and you love views — don’t you?

Using Stan Lee’s demise to promote the idea that it was his comic books which have led to a demise in intellect and as such led to President Donald Trump being elected, was a new low — and frankly I didn’t think you could reach a standard any lower.

Have you ever sat down and pondered what it feels like to be alone, to be dismissed, to not be accepted, and find a character that makes you feel “It might just be alright”?

Or how “Maus” is one the greatest Graphic Novels about the Holocaust?

That it’s not just cartoons, there’s meaning behind it all.

I guess you’d need another brain-cell and emotional intelligence to comprehend the idea that “Comic Books save people”.

If it weren’t for Comic Books, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

You called it “Adulting”.

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. And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it “adulting,” and act like it’s some giant struggle.

I helped file Tax Returns when I was 15, and we didn’t call it “adulting”.

We called it “Common sense”.

I helped my parents book flights when I was 18, and we didn’t call it a “struggle”.

We called it “Compassion”.

We were taught to not be judgemental or dismissive because it was part of being “human”.

I didn’t become a Professor of Data Analytics and Philosophy by writing a thesis on “Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer”, but if it weren’t for comic books; I would never have had the chance to do so — because I would’ve ended my life much earlier to the point that I would’ve developed the courage to pursue it.

One thing, any self-respecting human being should never do is take pleasure out of mocking someone’s demise.

Death is sacred, and it isn’t brave to write a measly blog-post after a human-being has departed us.

What’s humane is to pay-respect.

What’s brave is to marvel at the courage of a man who died loving what he did.

What’s brave is a human-being who didn’t view his work as just motivating people to go “watch movies”, but rather having the intellectual capacity to bring awareness to social issues through creativity.

One that you lack, One that you’ll never understand.

The cultural value of Black Panther.

The feminist value of Captain Marvel.

The underlying value of assimilation in a dismissive society through X-Men.

But I guess you wouldn’t really understand that, because you’re too afraid to dig deeper and would rather just judge and gloat of your misleading sense of inferiority and intellect (or lack thereof).

I hope your legacy is worth more than just the guy who endlessly ranted on television but never did a damn thing about the issues he so vehemently debated.

Kind Regards,
Dr. Nabeel Tahir.

Since they were created, superheroes have functioned as sociopolitical fairy tales. Captain America famously punched Adolf Hitler on the cover of a comic book a year or so before the US entered World War II. As early as their fifth issue, the X-Men grappled with protecting a society that hated them because they were born mutants. Spider-Man specifically tackled drug addiction in the ’70s. And more recently, Ms. Marvel has been dealing with issues around immigration and religious persecution in America.

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