Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Stan Lee accused of sexual harassment???

So there's a story going around about comics legend Stan Lee sexually harassing his home care nurses. CBR and others are reporting on it, but I'm a tad bit skeptical about it. Why? Because the original source of the story comes from The Daily Mail.

Here's the thing about The Daily Mail: it's not exactly known as a bastion of journalistic anything. It's a tabloid at best that's been known to distort the truth and straight out lie, so much so that Wikipedia banned it as a citable source in its articles. And yet, people are buying the story without really stopping and thinking "gee, should we believe a newspaper nicknamed The Daily Fail?"

There's also just the fact that the idea of a 95 year old man who requires in home care is going to be physically capable of doing any kind of harassment. I'm well aware that professional caregivers can and have been victimized by the very people they're caring for, but it works the other way too. My grandmother had a caregiver and several years after the former died, her caregiver was arrested and tried for physically abusing her clients, which included one of them dying.

Now, I should point out that my skepticism isn't deeply rooted. If more victims come forward or if this story verified as legitimate, then my skepticism ends and I’ll be one of the legions of disappointed nerd boys and girls, standing in support of his victims. Until then, I'm not ready to denounce Stan Lee.

So what do you think? Let me know in the comments.


  1. The Daily Mail is the epitome of gutter rags - they're notorious ant-immigrant, anti-LGBT, misogynistic, sexist, you name it - appealing to the lowest common denominator. Oh, and before WWII they supported the fascists: https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/blog/2017/oct/31/horrible-history-daily-mail

    Just today it was announced that one of our country's major rail franchises had decided to stop offering the Mail for sale on its trains (because of the paper's offensive stance on many issues).

    1. It's appalling seeing people buying the story too. The more I think about it, the more skeptical I become.

    2. Yes, unlike most of these horrific harassment stories, this smells of extortion (jumping on the bandwagon) of a very rich, recently widowed, 95-year-old, infirm man.