Spike Lee reacts to newspaper confusing him for Stan Lee: ‘Not yet’

/ 07:45 PM November 14, 2018
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Stan Lee and Spike Lee. Image: AP file, AFP file

While Marvel fans the world over mourn the passing of legendary comics creator Stan Lee, one newspaper in New Zealand announced the death of a different American creative.

“Characters first, superheroes next: Spike Lee dies at 95,” reads the headline on the front page of the Gisborne Herald


The picture is at least correct: that of the white-haired, mustached white man who made superheroes such as Iron Man and Spider-Man rather than the bearded 61-year-old black man known for the films “Malcolm X” and “BlacKkKlansman”.

“There’s something different about Spike Lee but I can’t quite place it,” quipped Twitter user @Ohheykenny yesterday, Nov. 13, posting a picture of the headline and Spike’s picture side by side.


Spike Lee couldn’t help but react to the news on Instagram yesterday. “God bless Stan Lee. Me? Not yet,” he said, sharing a screenshot of the blunder which circulated on social media.

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God Bless Stan Lee. Me? Not Yet. And Dat's Da "I'm Still A Live, And Strivin'" Truth,Ruth. YA-DIG? SHO-NUFF.


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The newspaper has yet to comment on the matter. JB


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