Dean Cain in hot water over controversial Superman remarks

Speaks out against cancel culture, ‘The American Way’.
Published July 3, 2020 10:46 a.m. EST
Last Updated July 7, 2020 12:01 a.m. EST
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 14:  Actor Dean Cain attends the grand opening of the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center benefiting The Shade Tree shelter on June 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 14: Actor Dean Cain attends the grand opening of the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center benefiting The Shade Tree shelter on June 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)
One celebrity isn’t taking the current cancel culture very well, particularly when it comes to the call to reform the depiction of superheroes. Dean Cain, aka the actor who played Superman on the TV series Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman for four seasons in the 1990s, spoke out on the topic recently and fans are definitely not here for it.In a virtual interview with Fox & Friends, Cain discussed a recent Time magazine article that called for a reexamination of how superheroes like Batman and Superman are portrayed now that more people are having conversations about the way TV shows and films depict police and potentially glorify police violence. The article comes in the wake of series like Live P.D. and Cops being cancelled, and shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Rookie promising to address these issues in upcoming episodes. The Time argument is that some superheroes are really just cops in capes.[video_embed id='1988679']RELATED: Calgary mom demands justice [/video_embed]“This is insane to me, though, because these people will scream anti-police rhetoric all day long but when their life is threatened and they need a hero, they will dial 911 and a police officer will show up,” Cain told host Ainsley Earhardt. “Because police officers are heroes. This whole ‘cancel culture’ thing that we’re living in right now is crazy. It’s like an early version of George Orwell’s 1984. The author of this article makes a bunch of claims that are totally untrue.”The 53-year-old actor went on to explain that in his view, it’s inaccurate to depict police as violent and that people are “insane” for wanting to reform characters like Superman and Batman. “I promise you, as Superman — I wouldn’t today be allowed to say: ‘Truth, justice, and the American way.'”It was that last comment that seemed to strike the biggest nerve with fans online, who flooded Twitter to ponder what “the American way” even means anymore and to point out that Superman himself was an undocumented immigrant (he was born on Krypton). Even comic book writer Tom King got in on the conversation, pointing out that he used the famous phrase in a recent installment of the comic. He also referred to Cain as a mother f---er, which didn’t go over very well. “Well kudos to you! I stand corrected. I’m glad you did!” Cain responded in a retweet. “What comic is that? (Also, the MF part of your tweet not necessary at all, but if it makes you feel tough, that’s ok).” “Ah the ‘MF’ was an insult because you used your platform to discourage people from wearing masks, which will cost lives—the opposite of what Superman would do,” King wrote back in reference to a controversial joke Cain made on Twitter recently. “I don’t know if I’m tough but I did fight for my country overseas and didn’t just wear a cape in front of a camera.”  That wasn’t the only defensive move Cain made over the past 24 hours. The actor was clearly watching the action go down on Twitter as his name trended following the interview, and he retweeted a couple of positive comments from fans while making sarcastic remarks to others who shot insults at him. In addition to starring in Lois & Clark, Cain recently starred as Dr. Jeremiah Danvers (Supergirl’s father) on a handful of Supergirl episodes, and he also played a heightened version of himself on Don’t Trust the B----- in Apartment 23. The actor has a handful of films coming down the pike as well, including the upcoming 2021 flick The Greatest Coach of all Time, in which he plays pitching coach Al Jackson. Here’s hoping he doesn’t strikeout with fans while doing press for the project too.[video_embed id='1987595']BEFORE YOU GO: Expert interrupted on live TV by adorable daughter redesigning room [/video_embed]