A fantasy writer has tweeted a scathing response to US talk show host Bill Maher’s condescending rant about comic book fans.
The New York Times Bestseller, Catherynne Valente, took to Twitter to tell Maher (and anyone who agrees with him) how utterly ridiculous it is to look down on people who read comic books or graphic novels.
Bill Maher had delivered a tirade on one of his shows after the death of Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee. He claimed comic books and the like are for children, not adults, and even attempted to blame the state of American politics on the fact ‘millennials’ read literature with pictures in…
Valente took him to task on Twitter, first shaming him for his hypocrisy, and then explaining how very wrong he was to be so narrow minded and ignorant.
Last night, Bill Maher went on a rant about comic books & those who love them & the generation (it rhymes with Schmelennials!) that uses words like #adulting & doesn’t want to give up the things they loved as kids or grow up— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Well my name is Miss Valente & I got something to say
First of all, Mister Bill Maher, I’m not sure how smugly bloviating, smoking pot, and screwing people way too young for you is any more mature than reading comic books but okay buddy.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Secondly, I’m not even going to get into the literary merit of comic books. Some are great art. Some are ridiculous trash. Kind of like every other genre & medium out there. It’s not worth discussing as it’s obvious on the face of it that adding pictures does not subtract value.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
I want to say this.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Do you know why millennials “refuse to grow up”?
Because we finally figured out that the whole idea is bullshit designed to suppress human joy enough to keep them grinding for an uncaring company for 50 years in unhappy marriages until death is a mercy.
The reason my generation still plays in ball pits & reads comic books & plays dress up is that contemporary society has made most of the good parts of adult life financially unreachable: home, family, travel, even theater is $500 a ticket— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
All that’s left is the crushing despair!
In the vacuum left by the loss of reachable life goals, we 80s kids kind of figured: fuck it.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Why the hell should we give up what is good & joyful & rich of the art & accoutrements of childhood in exchange for a yawning grey void? How was that ever considered a fair deal?
What Maher and his peers cannot understand is that even their generation returned to the beautiful well of childhood—to share it with their own children.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
The problem is, many in my generation cannot afford to have kids, or must wait until very late.
You are not superior because you collect items from the Sharper Image catalogue rather than Comic Con. You have just allowed what others think of you to dictate a narrow range of joy you are allowed to experience.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Unless you really love $5000 massage chairs I guess.
Adulthood has always been a trick played on the whole of humanity. Convincing us to give up magic & beauty & fun for their own sake in exchange for our labor & loyalty to whatever boss is going around— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Only recently has society become decentralized enough to re-examine the terms
When complaining that millennials refuse to grow up, it might behoove the media to stop referring to 35 year olds as though they’re hapless children who don’t know what’s good for them.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Companies will give us nothing but a company store. Governments sell out to each other and burn the planet. Markets offer no safety. There is almost nothing left of our parents’ world.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
So read a fucking comic book if you want to, life is so heartbreakingly brief.
Maybe, just maybe, consider the idea that the millennials got this one right.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
It was always a bad deal that only benefitted the masters.
You get one life on this rock. Why in the hell would you give up something you love just because you got old enough to really appreciate it?
Give us back the social contract, make the hallmarks of adulthood remotely reachable for us, and maybe we’ll consider putting down the comics.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019
Probably not, but we’ll have a house to read them in.
What do you think, Reading Addicts? Did Bill Maher have a point or is he just being a snob about a literary format he doesn’t understand?
Let us know in the comments!
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