Being a musty old-person myself, hearing that 90s TV Superman Dean Cain proudly say he would punch a youth in the face is definitely not the least relatable thing I could hear him say. But upon finding out which 17-year-old Dean wanted to punch, it gets less relatable. The victim of Dean’s imagined physical discipline? The Egg Boy, who became a beloved member of the Internet after egging a politician who spewed racist comments on television.
Uproxx says that Dean Cain found a way to become the villain of the Internet this weekend when he tweeted out his outrage at Egg Boy, but let’s get the backstory first…
After the horrific Christchurch shooting in New Zealand where at least 50 Muslims were shot in a targeted attack by a white supremacist, an Australian politician by the name of Frasier Anning decided he would take the time out of his day to blame… (checks notes) Muslims for the attack. Claiming Muslims are “the real cause of bloodshed”, Frasier went on TV to reiterate his hateful opinions on immigrants and Islam. One boy saw this happening and he decided he would take it upon himself to make a step in the right direction. While Frasier was on TV doing a public interview, a boy stepped forward, egg in hand, and smacked that shit square on the back of Frasier’s head. The politician turned around–and on broadcast television–punched the boy in the face. Here’s the video:
— Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) March 16, 2019
That boy was 17-year-old Will Connolly, AKA Egg Boy.
This did not sit well with Dean Cain. Not the grown adult politician punching a clearly-juvenile boy in the face for egging him (maybe he’s allergic?). Dean Cain took issue with the boy protesting Islamophobia after a targeted shooting against Muslims:
I would have knocked that kid cold.
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) March 17, 2019
Egg Boy had become a beloved member of the Internet, so backlash against Superman was kind of been expected, but hey–I’m not here to give Dean Cain life-advice. I’m here to report. And I’m reporting that:the Internet was not pleased with the former Superman. They laid into him:
This guy, Dean Cain, used to play Superman in a successful tv show.
Now he brags about how he'd knock a kid "unconscious" for the kid's harmless but powerful act of egging a nazi.
That boy is 16. He's a kid. And he's braver than Superman. pic.twitter.com/IMZgxUl5iX
— thal (@thalestral) March 17, 2019
I hope someone throws an egg at Dean Cain while he is delivering pizzas for Papa Johns.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 17, 2019
Dean Cain is making sure everybody understands that people who play superheroes can still be racist assholes.
— 𝙷𝚊𝚗𝚔 𝙿𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚘𝚗 Ω☠ (@HLHPattison) March 17, 2019
Legacy castings were a huge thing on Smallville. Terrence Stamp played Zor-El. Christopher Reeve as a kindly philanthropist. Helen Slater as Superman's Kryptonian mom Lara. Etc.
Apropos of nothing, Dean Cain played an ageless Nazi surgeon who confesses to being Jack the Ripper. pic.twitter.com/TXWrjayCrL
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) March 17, 2019
Dean reacted by first trying to fight back against his haters, commenting back and sticking to his guns that he would punch a 17-year-old out “cold”–but soon he gave in and started just blocking people. Which the Internet also had a field day with:
I thought being blocked by Andrew Bogut was weird, but here comes daytime Superman Dean Cain… pic.twitter.com/wTb4hkn731
— Tim Byrnes (@timbyrnes89) March 17, 2019
Dean Cain's real kryptonite is his hurt feelings. pic.twitter.com/6Izyc2vlvl
— Chris Brosnahan (@ChrisBrosnahan) March 17, 2019
This has been a really bad week for washed up Hollywood actors, huh? Reputations getting ruined all over the place.
As for Egg Boy, he’s showing us he’s the real superhero around, as a GoFundMe page set up to cover any potential legal expenses he may face for, you know–technically assaulting a politician–reached it’s goal, and Will has said he’s going to donate most of the money to the victims of the Christchurch attack.
So there you have it. A teenage boy is more heroic than an adult who once played Superman. Dean Cain has come a long way from being taped up on the walls of young girls’ (and gays’) bedrooms. No one’s gonna put him on their wall after this. Meanwhile, Egg Boy has just entered into our hearts and will stay there until we uncover problematic tweets from several years ago which will tarnish his reputation. But until then, we will worship at the altar of Egg Boy:
#EggBoy has made headlines around the world and now a street artist has painted a mural of the 17-year-old egging Senator @fraser_anning. The painting went up in Hosier Lane overnight. @9NewsMelb @9NewsAUS pic.twitter.com/vWl4SGicH5
— Sam Cucchiara (@SamCucchiara9) March 18, 2019