- A day after Marvel co-creator Stan Lee died, Armie Hammer criticised celebrities posting photos with him, saying they were narcissistic.
- He got trashed for it on Twitter, including by “The Walking Dead” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who called him “a real asshat.”
- Hammer apologised, acknowledging he acted like an “asshat” and said he would work on his “Twitter impulse control.”
Armie Hammer apologised for criticising celebrities who mourned Stan Lee’s death by posting pictures of themselves with him. He called himself an “asshat” and promised to work on his “Twitter impulse control.”
“I want to apologise from the bottom of my heart and will be working on my Twitter impulse control,” he wrote in a screenshot from the iPhone notes app posted to Twitter Thursday.
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) November 15, 2018
On Tuesday, a day after the Marvel co-creator died, Hammer criticised the outpouring of grief from celebrities who posted photos of themselves spending time with the legend.
“So touched by all the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee,” he tweeted. “No better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself.”
Hammer later deleted that tweet, but left up other ones criticising the photos.
“Posting a selfie makes his death about you and how cool you felt taking a picture with him,” he wrote in another tweet.
His comments were sharply criticised by people who said the celebrities posting those photos – among them Marvel movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman, and Zoe Salanda – were simply mourning a colleague and remembering the time they spent with a friend.
One of his critics was Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a star on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” whose tweet to Hammer recieved hundreds of thousands of retweets before he deleted it.
“Looks like you found a way to use others ways of mourning and their memories to draw some attention to yourself,” Morgan said. “You sound like a real asshat.”
Hammer took Morgan’s criticism in stride, and said he was working to do better. He recognised that the photos with Lee were posted with good intentions.
“While attempting to provide some unnecessary social commentary about the current selfie culture, I (in true asshat form – thank you, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) inadvertently offended many who were genuinely grieving the loss of a true icon,” Hammer said.
This is not the first time Hammer has gotten into trouble for his comments on Twitter. He temporarily deleted his account a year ago after making disparaging personal comments about a BuzzFeed News writer who wrote a critical assessment of his personal life and career.