The insane details revealed in The Hollywood Reporter’s exposé about the conditions surrounding Stan Lee — including allegations of elder abuse, manipulation, and isolation perpetrated on the 95-year-old widower by his own daughter and a host of shady hangers-on — were enough to make even the most hard-hearted of us want to strap on a cape and fly to the poor man’s rescue. Reactions of shock, sympathy, and sadness flooded Twitter:
Sickening.— Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) April 10, 2018
You think it can't get worse, then you get to the part where someone *already* got him to "sign over" rights to have his blood drawn and used to make DNA-branded collectibles. I'm deeply, deeply disturbed by all of this. https://t.co/xzB7T3cwk5
If you're Stan Lee's "Best friend" wouldn't you actually work to convince a 95 year old man he doesn't have to travel the world to sell signatures anymore & that his well being might be better served by relaxing a little & not working to death, eh @KeyaMorgan? We saw the video.— Ben Templesmith (@Templesmith) April 11, 2018
More heartbreaking/infuriating news. Sounds like an absolute horror show. This should not be how anyone -god forbid a cultural icon- spends his or her later years.⚡️ “The Hollywood Reporter details Stan Lee's chaotic domestic life”… https://t.co/RGieT8mWyF— Bill Sienkiewicz (@sinKEVitch) April 10, 2018
But only one man literally offered to open his home to the Marvel icon: Kevin Smith.
Say what you want about the man’s movies, but his heart is undeniable. He raised the nice guy bar with his thoughtful response to the revelations about Harvey Weinstein last October, noting how he sang Weinstein’s praises for years without knowing what was really going on. Then he took it a step further, pledging to donate $2,000 a month to Women In Film, should the Weinstein Company go under, in the hopes it will help women “make shit without having to deal with some fucking animal saying, ‘Here’s the price.’”
Sure, it’s unlikely that Stan is going to shack up in Smith’s guest room anytime soon. But you just know that if he wanted to, Kevin would be true to his word. In the meantime, let’s hope this current level of scrutiny leads to improvements in Stan Lee’s conditions, and further clarity on any wrongdoing that’s been happening around him.