Dean Cain, best known for once playing Superman in the 90s TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, wants a word about the new Captain America cartoon miniseries, “United States of Captain America . “
In a Tuesday Fox News appearance that has made rounds on right-wing media this week, Cain preached “wokeness” and “anti-Americanism” in the latest comics and joined a chorus of conservatives who criticized the story for portray Steve Rogers’ interrogation. the reality of the “American dream.”
“I love the concept of Captain America, but I’m so tired of this vigilance and anti-Americanism,”
Now, patriotism can be healthy when it’s ambitious, but there’s no way to “strive for a more perfect union,” as Cain claims he will when you reject any and all reality control and accountability as “culture cancellation” and “wokeness.”
Cain calls himself a “revolutionary” for the somehow radical act of supporting America, a country with a long history of and today’s very real problem of violent nationalism. “Do these people ever travel outside of America? Do they go to other countries where they are dealing with governments that are not nearly as fair as the United States? I do not think they do,” he said. “I do it all the time and I kiss the ground when I come back.”
Cain’s segment used to whine about comics actually buries lead, which is shocking enough that he has not even read “United States of Captain America.” All he really knows about it is that Steve questions the American dream, but for all that Cain knows, he then embarks on a patriotic journey to make the dream accessible to all or at least not just white men. .
Although Cain’s rant was remarkably bizarre, even by the standards of Fox News, presenting a picture of him kissing the ground that neither of us would really imagine, his obsession with American exceptionalism is not exactly rare. Cain sees the US government as more “fair” than any other country because of his apparent ability to pass as white (he has partial Japanese descent), manhood and wealth have protected him from the harshness of our justice system, criminal justice system and undemocratic barriers to voting. Many people who have never experienced these oppressions first hand, and for that matter never read the very comic books that inspire unbridled screams like Cain, will forever see any critique of their privilege as an attack.