This weekend, Dean Cain has come under fire from LGBTQ and pro-choice fans for speaking at the Family Research Council’s Value Voters summit, promoting his new film. The organization has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
After numerous activists called Cain out for speaking at the event alongside the likes of anti-LGBTQ figures like Mike Pence and Michele Bachmann, he said he'd be happy to discuss his support of the LGBTQ community and his pro-choice stance.
I hope they ask me about my support for gay rights, and the fact that I’m pro-choice. I’m happy to have that conversation.
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) September 20, 2018
“I hope they ask me about my support for gay rights and the fact that I’m pro-choice," he responded to GLAAD on Twitter. "I’m happy to have that conversation. I’m not there to do anything other than discuss the film, Gosnell. And I’m pro-choice. That will probably take up the bulk of the time. I’m not there to preach or to lecture—I hope they ask about my support for gay rights.”
But when he took the stage at the event, those stances didn't seem to be a priority for the actor. Instead, he took became defensive about the criticism he recieved.
"Yes. Certainly. I take that sort of heat and abuse every single day but it doesn’t bother me in the least,” he said. “It doesn’t make me mad, it just shows people’s intolerance towards listening to another opinion. Just the fact that I’m here, people were blowing me up all day long with the most ridiculous things that you could ever hear. Talk about intolerance. It’s ridiculous. I take heat. It doesn’t bother me, I welcome it because I sleep well at night. I know I’m doing something that matches my convictions and my heart, and I’ll happily defend the things I say and I stand for.”
— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) September 22, 2018
Cain is most known for his role as Clark Kent/Superman in the 1993 series adaptation of the comic book, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Some gay fans will remember him as Cole in the 2000 gay romantic comedy written and directed by Greg Berlanti, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy. Berlanti and Cain have recently worked together on the CW show, Supergirl, in which Cain has made a few cameos.