This writer explains why millennials ‘refuse to grow up’ in viral thread.
The writer was reponding to Maher’s comments after the death of Stan Lee.
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Bill Maher, known for his left-wing comedic commentary, made a lot of comic book fans irate over his blog post, “Adulting” posted last November, denouncing the Stan Lee fan culture.
“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote.
“Someone on Reddit posted, ‘I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee,’” Maher continued. “Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own. “
Many fans of Stan Lee, and the Marvel Universe he helped create, were offended by Maher’s remarks. The comedian says he is still harassed by people on the street and on social media for his blog post. So Maher took to his show, “Real Time” to shut them down for good.
“To every person on social media who’s asked me since November, ‘Bill, what do you have to say about Stan Lee?’ – and to every paparazzi outside a restaurant who’s still shouting at me, ‘Bill, what about the Stan Lee thing?’ Okay. Your day has come.”
“Grownups these days they cling so desperately to their childhood that when they do act their age they have a special word for it now: Adulting,” he said on his HBO show.
“You can, if you want, like the exact same things you liked when you were 10, but if you do, you need to grow up,” Maher continued. “That was the point of my blog. I’m not glad Stan Lee is dead, I’m sad you’re alive.”
However, fiction writer Catherynne Valente wasn't having it, so she wrote a viral twitter thread defending her generation.
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\n
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\n
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\n
I want to say this.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 26, 2019\n
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\n
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\n
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\n
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\n
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\n
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\n
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\n
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\n
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\n
Probably not, but we’ll have a house to read them in.
Many Twitter enthusiasts agreed!
I've been saying for years, if you're living your life by what society says you should have by a certain age, you're not living your life, you're living someone else's. I do 60 hours a week between work and travel - if I wanna watch cartoons on the weekend, I'll watch them— Doctor Bees (@dwstatic) January 26, 2019\n
We have access to all the ages' of wisdom within a google search. It turns out, youth IS best. Being an adult is just added responsibility without added joy. It turns out: joy and youth are the best. [as i literally search for "what do grandparents want" ~ i'm not even a parent.—(@largevoid) January 26, 2019\n
I am a responsible adult, help my parents and love my pets. I have the freedom to do whatever tf I want, those who criticize your lifestyle & the love for fun collectibles (ex. Funkos) they’re bitter & jealous of you. We have 1 life, make it a happy one. pic.twitter.com/UAVkQ2hSED— Dor!(@iDorisV) January 27, 2019\n
Every generation judges the generations that come after, and Millennials have been taking it on the chin lately.