If you thought being a conservative in America was hard, try being one in Hollywood. It takes real courage to stand up in a culture that's suffocatingly liberal and speak your mind on issues like ours. Ask Dean Cain. The former Superman star almost had to be made of steel to withstand the number of attacks fired his way just for doing what other celebrities are applauded for: speaking his mind.
Like other Hollywood conservatives, Dean is used to the harassment in an industry where your liberal credentials are almost as important as your acting ones. When he came to this year's Values Voter Summit to talk about his new film “Gosnell,” he knew how the left would react. For days leading up to VVS -- and every week since -- his Twitter page has been lit up by people who can't understand the concept of open debate. He was threatened, harassed, called intolerant (and much worse) by a social media mob bent on forcing him to back down.
"I will happily defend the things that I say, and the things that I stand for," he told the crowd at VVS. "I take that sort of heat and abuse every single day, but it doesn't bother me in the least … it doesn't make me mad, it just shows people's intolerance towards listening to another opinion. Just the fact that I'm here, 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 that I say and I stand for."
It's been three weeks since the Summit, and some people in Hollywood still can't let it go. Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter leaked a video of actor Tom Arnold getting in Cain's face for associating with FRC. "@RealDeanCain is another @realDonaldTrump loving fake Christian coward which makes Dean Cain anti-LGBTQ & racist. #complicit," he posted. In person, things got even more heated.
"The onus for Arnold's tweet," according to insiders, "was his objection to Cain appearing at the Values Voter Summit, hosted by conservative Christian group the Family Research Council." In an R-rated tirade, Arnold says FRC is what makes teenagers kill themselves. "They try to keep them out of f---ing schools... Don't be with them. If I was with Nazis, if I go to their convention, they're like that, Dean, I'm telling you. They're that bad. They're hurting people."
"I speak my mind," Dean fired back. Both men were in a Glendale studio as part of a "Larry King Now" show, where Dean was on hand to promote his new movie, “Gosnell,” about real-life serial killer/abortionist Kermit Gosnell. "It's a s---t-f---king movie," Arnold says. "I was giving him a break by not assuming he was stupid about FRC, which I do liken to Nazis, and now I see he's one of them. … He played this icon, Superman, but he's an idiot."
This from the "tolerant" left! And, of course, the greatest irony is that the Nazis are the ones who wanted to exterminate millions of people. We're trying to protect them, protect life, and protect women. If you're looking for supremacists, try the roots of the abortion movement and the eugenics of Margaret Sanger. This pioneer of the Planned Parenthood ethic was crystal clear about her motivations. "We don't want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she wrote. Even today, 79 percent of the group's surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of black or Hispanic neighborhoods. And Hollywood is calling us racist? Planned Parenthood takes the lives of about 247 black babies every day. Where is Tom Arnold's outrage about that?
Dean Cain has done nothing but try to have an honest conversation about the state of our culture. You can help him by going out and supporting the opening weekend of “Gosnell.” Hollywood hates the truth -- so go see the movie that helps spread it about abortion. Click here to find one of the 600 theaters closest to you!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by the Family Research Council.