Cain, 53, is best-known for starring in a TV series about the superhero in the nineties and during an appearance on Fox News, he claimed the show would be censored if it was airing nowadays.
"This whole cancel culture thing that we're living in right now is crazy," he said. "It's like an early version of George Orwell's 1984. Up is down, war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”
Continuing with his Orwellian comparison, Cain added: “You know, that's newspeak, and it's crazy... This stuff just all drives me insane.
“I promise you, as Superman, I wouldn't today be allowed to say [his catchphrase], 'Truth, justice, and the American Way.'"
Cain’s comments came during a discussion on a Time magazine thinkpiece, which claimed superheroes are essentially police officers in capes, accusing the genre of glorifying law enforcement.
During his interview, Cain also hit back at increased recent criticism of officers and calls to defund the police.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “They hate capitalism, they hate law and order, and they hate America.”
His views went unchallenged by host Ainsley Earhardt, who largely agreed with the actor, but on social media, it was a different story:
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. https://t.co/3wug0955cC— Kyle Kallgren (@KyleKallgren)July 2, 2020
Since Dean Cain is trending, just a reminder that last year he said he "would have knocked that kid cold", referencing the teenager who egged a racist Australian politician.
Superman he is not.https://t.co/Cb9Q66uukG #EggBoy pic.twitter.com/cnIZ99gDJp— ✍️ Rachel McArthur (@raychdigitalink)July 3, 2020
Hey @RealDeanCain, maybe if America worked harder at making itself worthy of Superman, you'd be able to say it.— The Incredible Malk 🏴 🏳️🌈 🇪🇺 (@MalkSmash)July 3, 2020
wait. does @RealDeanCain think superman was american? he was literally an illegal alien. 🤷♀️— Dani #BLM 🦄🏳️🌈 (@iamAtheistGirl)July 3, 2020
Superman is an immigrant just incase Dean Cain needed to hear it— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman)July 3, 2020
In June 2018, Cain himself became a reserve police officer, after being sworn in during a ceremony in Idaho. In the same year, he was elected to the board for the National Rifle Association.
Cain is a frequent guest on Fox News and while he has previously described himself as “not a Republican, I am an Independent,” he endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential run in 2016.
In the election prior, he supported Republican candidate Rick Perry.