Armie Hammer apologizes for his recent social media outburst chastising those who post pictures of themselves with the late Stan Lee following the Marvel Comics co-creator's death. The prolific comic book writer died at the age of 95 due to a series of recent health issues leaving behind a lasting legacy that forever shaped the entertainment industry. But while most reactions upon learning about his passing are a mixture of sadness and gratefulness, Hammer's initial reaction created quite a stir.
Shortly after Lee's death earlier this week and amidst the outpouring support on social media for the writer, Hammer posted a scathing comment on his Twitter, criticizing people who posted photos of themselves with the legend, calling it nothing but a way to self-promote. He soon received public backlash following his tone-deaf comments, forcing him to eventually take down the tweet. Now, the actor is addressing the controversy, publicly apologizing for his so-called "unnecessary social commentary about the selfie culture."
Taking it to his official Twitter account, the Call Me By Your Name star is apologizing for his controversial comments shortly after Lee died. Acknowledging the error of his ways, Hammer sought forgiveness from those he "inadvertently offended many who were genuinely grieving the loss of a true icon." He also promised that he "will be working on my Twitter impulse control." Comments on his update are mostly positive - lauding his move to own up to his mistake. However, a few ones were skeptical of his statement, saying it's written by his publicist. Check out his tweet below:
Hammer's apology also included a shoutout to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who called him out for his insensitive comments. The Walking Dead actor criticized Hammer for his unnecessary outburst on social media and accused him of taking away the spotlight on Lee similar to how he chastised other stars for supposedly doing the same by posting images of them with the late comic book writer. Like Hammer's original tweet, however, Morgan's post has been taken down, although screenshots of it remain online.
While Hammer had a point with regard to his criticism of selfies, he couldn't have picked a worse time to raise the issue than during the immediate aftermath of Lee's death - at a time where everyone was understandably digging anything that links them to the icon. While a majority of the public can only resort to stories and characters that Lee created over the years as the only things that link them to him, there are a handful of fortunate people who were able to meet him during his public appearances, and of course, those in the industry who have had the privilege of working with him.
That said, considering Stan Lee's demeanor, chances are that he would just laugh it all off and accept Hammer's apology, and there's no better way to honor his legacy than to also do the same.
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