Following Lee's death on Monday (Nov. 12) at the age of 95, social media was flooded with tributes to the Marvel Comics legend from fans, celebrities and creatives around the globe. A number of them also shared photos they had taken with Lee, who was often more than happy to pose for pics.
Well, that irked Hammer, the star of The Lone Ranger and the upcoming remake of Rebecca (and who once almost played Batman for Marvel rival DC in an abandoned Justice League film). Taking to Twitter in a now-deleted post, Hammer opined, "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 later added in an also deleted response to a fan, "If Stan impacted your life (ie. All of our lives) with his work, post his work that touched you the most. Posting a selfie makes his death about you and how cool you felt taking a picture with him.”
When one fan asked, "What else u supposed to do when someone dies armie," Hammer shot back, "If your answer is ‘post a selfie’ then I think we need a cultural revamp across the board."
Hammer's critique did not sit well with fans or celebrities, many of whom posted the kind of photos that Hammer was knocking. But it was The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan who took it upon himself to blast Hammer back, writing in his own now-vanished post, "Looks like you found a way to use others ways of mourning and their memories to draw some attention to yourself. You sound like a real asshat.”
Hammer -- who once voiced a character called Strong Arm in an animated film called Stan Lee's Mighty 7: Beginnings, based on a Lee-created comic book -- obviously realized the fury he had unleashed and backtracked earlier today (Nov. 15) with an apology:
Everyone has experienced impulse control issues on social media at one time or another, and Hammer's apology earned a lot of positive comments on his Twitter feed. But it's also important to note that everyone grieves in their own way, and while Hammer may well have some astute observations about selfie culture, he might have waited a minute before sharing them. What are your thoughts?
(via Heroic Hollywood)