Actor Dean Cain, who recently played the father of Supergirl Kara Danvers and her lesbian sister Alex on gay creator Greg Berlanti's CW hit Supergirl, was lambasted for appearing at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit this weekend. During his appearance there, the actor who became famous playing Superman on Lois and Clark, and who purports to support LGBTQ rights, blasted those who dared question his appearance at the event held by FRC as "intolerant," according to video of his panel taken at the event.
Prior to Cain's appearance at the event, where he was promoting his film Gosnell, in which he plays the detective who put abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell behind bars, GLAAD and other LGBTQ activists and allies called him out for appearing at the event along with the likes of anti-LGBTQ people including Mike Pence, Michele Bachmann, Tony Perkins, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, and so many more.
Responding to GLAAD's questioning his decision to appear at the summit and pointing out that Cain would be "rubbing elbows with 'conversion therapy' activists," Cain said he would be happy to speak to the group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed a hate group about his stance on LGBTQ rights.
"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. I'm not there to do anything other than discuss the film, Gosnell," Cain said, according to Towleroad. "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."
While Cain purported to be there only to support his film, Bachmann had already taken the stage to praise the Trump administration that has systematically worked to dismantle rights for LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, people of color, and more.
"Two years ago, I believe that the prayers that God's people made to ask God for his provision were heard," Bachmann said. "They were heard and granted and for two years, we have lived in an unparalleled golden time in the United States."
By the time Cain was seated at the summit for his panel, he had changed his tune significantly and lambasted LGBTQ rights activists for their "intolerance."
When the moderator of his Cain's panel asked him if he'd "taken pressure" on social media for appearing with the hate group, Cain replied:
"Yes. Certainly. 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 here. 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."