“So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee,” he wrote. “No better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself.”
Not everyone agreed with Hammer's remarks, including Jeffrey Dean Morgan. "Looks like you found a way to use others ways of mourning and their memories to draw some attention to yourself," the Walking Dead star tweeted in response. Morgan later deleted the tweet.
Fans were also quick to push back against this statement. “Maybe they’re just remembering how it felt to meet him with those photos. That’s how I would feel. I never got the chance," read one reply to Hammer's controversial tweet.
Hammer, 32, responded by encouraging lovers of Lee’s work to instead highlight things he created that moved them rather than a selfie.
“If Stan impacted your life (ie. All of our lives) with his work, post his work that touched you the most,” he wrote. “Posting a selfie makes his death about you and how cool you felt taking a picture with him.”
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.
This isn’t the only mini-controversy that has arisen following the Marvel mastermind’s death. Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Pepper Pots in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, found herself the object of intense ridicule when she posted a tribute to Lee at the bottom of a Goop advertisement for a $615 dress.
She posted a photo of herself hugging Avengers: Infinity War co-star Chris Pratt, writing: “‘For my pal who asked, this @retrofete dress now for sale in the @goopshop. Thanks for the hug @prattprattpratt. UPDATE: I just heard about Stan Lee, he will be so missed. What a genius, and always so lovely. True gentleman.”
She was soon lambasted by fans for the post, which she quickly took down.