This time the joke is “How do you set off a political firestorm from a non-issue?”
The answer, of course, is to have the symbol of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” renounce his U.S citizenship and became fodder for every political pundit with an axe to grind.
And brother, that’s all of them.
In a back-up story in Action Comics #900, Superman is scolded by a member of the president’s security staff for appearing at a protest in Iran, suggesting Superman’s actions reflect the positions of US government as a whole. As a result, Superman chooses to renounce his US citizenship, rather than become a symbol for a particular party.
In a Fox News article on Superman’s proclamation, “GOP activist” Angie Meyer is quoted saying, “Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism, and respect for our country, Superman’s current creators are belittling the United States as a whole. By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie metaphor for the current economic and power status the country holds worldwide.”
The same piece quotes Wired‘s Scott Thill, saying, “Superman has always been bigger than the United States. In an age rife with immigration paranoia, it’s refreshing to see an alien refugee tell the United States that it’s as important to him as any other country on Earth — which, in turn, is as important to Superman as any other planet in the multiverse.”
What everyone seems to forget is..SUPERMAN ISN’T REAL!
Sure, his fictional activities affect real people on an emotional level, but he was never intended to become a symbol of the U.S government. He was created by two Canucks for God’s sake!
Sure, one of them was half-American, but the point is, Superman can fly anywhere, but he was never meant to fly into the political arena.
- Superman Renounces His U.S. Citizenship (dwainwellington.wordpress.com)