GUEST COLUMN, Dean Cain, Real Clear Politics
DC Comics recently announced that the son of Lois Lane and Clark Kent will be bisexual in an upcoming issue titled “Superman: Son of Kal-El” and that he will tackle “real problems” like climate change he is going to be against Protest the deportation of refugees and arrange to meet a “hacktivist“.
What exactly is a “hacktivist”? Isn’t hacking illegal? Does Superman support criminal activity? It’s a chore to keep up with all of the different iterations of current superheroes, but DC Comics calls it a “bold new direction” for the character. I don’t see anything “fat” about it.
I say they’re jumping on the bandwagon, but they’re fighting the wrong problems. There is a clear agenda here. It’s globalist, it’s anti-American, but it’s neither brave nor brave.
Robin, Batman’s famous redhead buddy, recently came out as bisexual, and frankly, who’s shocked by that? The new Captain America is gay. Alex (my daughter on the live action series Supergirl) was a lesbian character. A gay or bisexual superhero is not a game changer in 2021. It’s banal. I have zero problem with it. I am all for inclusivity, acceptance and tolerance. However, it could be more interesting if they create new characters rather than retrofitting the identity of existing ones.
“Brave” would have done some of that 30 years ago. Or to portray Superman or Jon Kent fighting for the rights of LGBT people in Iran, where they throw you off a building for “insulting” even being suspected of being homosexual. And why doesn’t Superman fight the injustices created by the refugees he is protesting against deportation? To delve deeply into these topics – that would be brave. That would be informative. I had read the comic book.
“Kühn” would fight for the right of Afghan women to attend school, to live and to work and for the right of boys not to be raped by men under the supposedly newly enlightened Taliban.
There is real evil in the world. Actual corruption and government tyranny. Lots of real world things to fight against. Like people who are put in Chinese concentration camps because of their religion. Or human trafficking – honest slavery – which is taking place all over the world today. It exists. Right now and in our own hemisphere. Drug cartels that smuggle people across the border and sexually harass young women. It would be brave and courageous to tackle these problems and shed some light on this darkness. I would love to see the character do that. I had read that too.
“Truth, Justice and the American Way” is no longer Superman’s catchphrase. The new sentence? “Truth, Justice and a Better World.” Okay, I’ll buy this, but what is the vision that accompanies this broader view of social justice? What would a better world be? Socialism? Communism? Forced equality?
For me, a better world is a world in which people have more freedom and independence. Protection against government abuse and corruption. Security and security. In a word, the idea of America. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people – concepts developed by our Founding Fathers when the United States of America was founded.
No, America is not perfect. We are constantly striving for a more perfect Union, but I think it goes without saying that ours is the freest, fairest and more equitable country – with the most opportunities – in the history of the world. That is why so many people from all corners of the world are desperately making their way here, despite all the hardships.
But the cool thing right now is beating America up. But I wonder if most of the people who do this have really traveled and really spent time in other countries – and looked at other governments to see what the rest of the world is like. I have, and most of the world is not like America. In most of the world we lack our individual freedom, our equality of opportunity, our right to compete in open markets, and yes, the ability to achieve material success. We shouldn’t apologize for anything. We should enjoy these values that have drawn waves of new immigrants to our shores every year.
In 1938, DC Comics (then Action Comics) revealed the story of a unique immigrant, a baby from a dying planet who, as an adult, devoted his life to fighting crime, redressing injustices, and defending honest government. This is not an exaggeration. In the very first Superman flick, our hero ends up in the US Capitol, where he interrupts a corrupt deal between a lobbyist and a lawmaker. This after convincing the governor to spare an innocent woman who was about to be executed for a murder she did not commit, beating up a woman thug and (of course) saving the life of Lois Lane. Superman was a quick worker.
What makes America great isn’t our government, and it certainly isn’t an increasingly authoritarian “nanny state”. Instead, it is our commitment to freedom and our traditions of self-reliance. Of course, we should acknowledge the shortcomings of our history and strive to live up to our creed, but we live in a country that, despite great government and career politicians, was made great, not because of them. As Ronald Reagan said, “The government doesn’t solve problems; it subsidizes them. “
As for the cultural gatekeepers, who are busily pondering which of our pedestal national heroes – or iconic superheroes – belong, I’d say this: Inclusivity is healthy, but tinkering with fictional heroes’ sexuality or political outlook doesn’t necessarily improve their character . Here, after all, was the first description of the man from Krypton: “Superman, champion of the oppressed. The physical miracle that swore to devote its existence to helping those in need! “
This is a hard-to-improve mantra, in my opinion, and typically American – it represents strength and compassion.