Dean Cain Says Cancel Culture Wouldn't Allow Superman's 'American Way' Catchphrase Today

Dean Cain is not down with today's "cancel" culture.

The actor, who played Superman on the TV series Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman, recently discussed a controversial Times article on Fox and Friends.

The article calls for a re-examination of how superheroes are portrayed on screen. Dean had a lot of thoughts on the subject and fans were not here for it.

This is Dean Cain.

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For those who don't know who he is, he's the actor who played Superman on the TV series Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman for four seasons during the '90s.

He starred opposite Desperate Housewives star, Teri Hatcher.

These days, though, some fans are seeing Dean as less and less of a hero.


This is due to the controversial things he said during a virtual interview with Fox and Friends, where he discussed a recent Times magazine article.

The article calls for a re-examination of how superheroes are depicted on-screen.

This follows the conversation on how Hollywood should reconsider how they heroize cops.

The shows, Cops and Live PD, were even canceled in the wake of police-related events.

As someone who previously played a superhero on-screen, Cain had a lot of thoughts on the subject.

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“This is insane to me, though, because these people will scream anti-police rhetoric all day long," Cain told Ainsley Earhardt, co-host of Fox and Friends.

"But when their life is threatened and they need a hero, they will dial 911 and a police officer will show up."

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“Because police officers are heroes," he continued.

He went on to criticize the "cancel" culture we're living in right now.

“This whole ‘cancel culture’ thing that we’re living in right now is crazy," he said.

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"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 *Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman* went on to say that it's inaccurate to depict police as violent.


Additionally, he said that people are “insane” for wanting to re-examine characters like Superman or Batman who are basically “cops with capes.”

"I promise you, as Superman — I wouldn’t today be allowed to say: ‘Truth, justice, and the American way.’”

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It didn't take long after his interview for the backlash to roll in, with many taking to Twitter to criticize the actor's comments.

Many believed that Cain wouldn't be allowed to play Superman today.

"They wouldn’t cast Dean Cain as Mighty Mouse now," another added.

This led to the popular opinion that the only true Superman was the one portrayed by the late Christopher Reeves.

Cain's "American Way" comment struck a lot of nerves:

"Dean Cain is [expletive] about Superman not being able to say the American Way anymore," this user wrote.

What does the AMERICAN WAY mean? Ignoring science, treating BIPOC and the LGBTQ+ community like trash, a bad healthcare system and endless wars? Why would Superman believe in the American Way?"

This led people to point out that the character Superman is *actually* an immigrant.

This person agreed.

"Superman is an immigrant adopted by a working class family whose archnemesis is a greedy tech billionaire, written by two Jewish Americans in direct response to the global rise of fascism. So no, Dean Cain should probably not play Superman today."

Comic book writer, Tom King, also got involved in the conversation.

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He shared a photo of a comic he’d written and published in 2020 called Superman: Up in the Sky.

"[Expletive] I put it in a comic this year. Smh," he captioned his post.

Cain responded directly to King's tweet:

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"Well kudos to you! I stand corrected. I’m glad you did! What comic is that?" he wrote.

He also said that "the MF part of your tweet not necessary at all, but if it makes you feel tough, that’s ok)."

King then explained that the "MF" insult was because Cain used his platform to discourage people to wear masks.

Things got more heated from there, as Cain told the writer that his insult is "off base."

"I did NOT use my platform to discourage people from wearing masks. I made a joke."

He continued: "The fact that you can’t see it, is too bad. Appreciate your service. Using MF to in your post was ridiculous, and weak. I’m happy to tell you that face to face."

Yikes! We'll have to wait and see where this battle ends up.

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