Former Superman actor Dean Cain argued Tuesday on “Fox and Friends” that there is nothing “bold or brave” about having Clark Kent’s son come out as bisexual.
“They said it’s a bold new direction. I say they’re bandwagoning,” Cain told Fox in response to the announcement that in DC Comics Nov. 9 issue Jonathan Kent, the 17-year-old son of Clark and Lois, will share a kiss with a new male love interest.
In the series, Jonathan, who goes by Jon, has stepped into the role of Superman, while his father is away from earth, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cain rattled off a list of all the comic book heroes who have recently been portrayed as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
“Robin, of Batman and Robin, just came out as bi or gay recently. Honestly, who’s really shocked about that one? I had some thoughts about that a long time ago,” said the actor, who starred opposite actress Teri Hatcher in the 1990s series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
“The new Captain America is gay,” Cain further noted. “My daughter in [The CW series] ‘Supergirl,’ where I played the father, she was gay. So I don’t think it’s bold or brave or some crazy new direction. If they had done this 20 years ago, perhaps that would have been bold and brave.”
So I think @RealDeanCain knocks it out if the park in this interview 💯 There are PLENTY of other issues that would be considered brave- this is just jumping on a bandwagon for clicks and virtue signal points. pic.twitter.com/8gl2ryv4PD
— Steph Anie (@mynerdyhome) October 13, 2021
“Brave would be having him fighting for the rights of gay people in Iran where they’ll throw you off a building for the offense of being gay,” he contended.
Regarding that point, Cain later responded to a pro-Iranian Twitter user, who had admonished him to stay away from the nation’s internal affairs.
“I don’t think she agrees with my take on this — and would rather just throw gays off rooftops,” the American wrote.
I don’t think she agrees with my take on this – and would rather just throw gays off rooftops. https://t.co/QgcUe9Tksu
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) October 13, 2021
Additionally, Cain offered if the writers of the Superman comic want him more current, rather than having him tackle issues like climate change or migrant deportations, as Jon has recently done, some better ones would be “fighting for the rights of women to attend school and have the ability to work and live and boys not to be raped by men under the new warm and fuzzy Taliban — that would be brave.”
“There’s real evil in this world today, real corruption and government overreach, plenty of things to fight against. Human trafficking — real and actual slavery going on. It would be brave to tackle those issues. Shine a light on those issues. I’d like to see the character doing that,” he said.
“I’d read that comic. This one, I don’t think I’ll be reading.”
Tom Taylor, the writer of the series, told The New York Times, “The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity.”
“I’ve always said everyone needs heroes and they deserve to see themselves in their heroes,” he added. “For so many people, having the strongest superhero in comics come out is incredibly powerful.”
Cain’s comments on Fox News caused him to trend on Twitter on Tuesday with multiple media outlets, like The Hollywood Reporter, seeming to miss the main point the actor was making, he argued.
Dean Cain Slams Superman Coming Out as Bisexual: “It Isn’t Bold or Brave” https://t.co/Ybg1BagcS9
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 12, 2021
Appearing as a guest on comedian Steven Crowder’s podcast,”Louder With Crowder,” Wednesday, Cain said, “What happened was I think misleading headlines went out there. Have you ever heard of those before?
“Where they put out basically what I said like I was angry that Jonathan Kent — Jon Kent — the son of Lois and Clark, was bisexual, which had nothing to do with my response whatsoever,” he continued.
“My point was this is not a bold, new thing. It’s been done, and it’s done all the time.”
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