On Monday, the world lost a legend when comic book mastermind Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. As news spread, people took to social media to pay their respects, from Average Joes to celebrities. Those fortunate enough to have met him, or even worked with him, shared photos of themselves with Lee, but one person took offense, actor Armie Hammer.
In a Twitter post that has seemingly been deleted, Hammer sarcastically wrote, “So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee… no better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself.”
He followed that up with this “clarification.”
If your answer is “post a selfie” then I think we need a cultural revamp across the board.
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) November 12, 2018
Hammer, who voiced a Lee-created superhero, Strong Arm, in the animated project ‘Stan Lee’s Mighty 7‘, was inundated with backlash who felt he was out of line for telling others how they should express their grieving and respect for such a prolific creator.
Perhaps the sharpest blow came from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, best known for playing Negan on ‘The Walking Dead’. Morgan fired back:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan over here winning Twitter and decimating Armie Hammer’s bad take all at once. pic.twitter.com/62ru3zTFSg
— Chad H. (@SuperheroChar) November 14, 2018
It seems as though that did the trick, as Hammer replied:
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) November 15, 2018
Back to your corners, gentlemen.
Do you agree with Hammer, that Lee’s death shouldn’t be used to promote oneself? Or should he back off and let people celebrate Stan Lee’s life however they wish?