‘After I confronted him, he backed down. That’s how it always seems to work…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A dispute between conservative actor Dean Cain and leftist actor Tom Arnold that began on Twitter escalated to a real-life confrontation backstage at Larry King’s set, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dean Cain, who played Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, stars in the film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer which is due to be released on Friday.
Gosnell tells the true story of Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor convicted of three counts of murder.
Gosnell failed to murder the infants in the womb, so when they were born alive he severed their spinal chords.
His Philadelphia clinic is often described as a “House of Horrors.”
Arnold, the former husband of Roseanne Barr, most recently grabbed headlines with a reality TV show titled The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, in which he seeks evidence of scandalous past statements made by the president.
After Arnold launched a profanity-laced Twitter attack on the Gosnell movie, in which he also called Cain a racist, Cain fired back:
Tom, you’re a cowardly, slanderous weasel.
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) September 23, 2018
Later in person he added, “I’m not a racist person. I never have been.”
Arnold sent the initial tweet because Cain went to the Values Voter Summit, a conference hosted by The Family Research Council, a conservative, Christian, non-profit research organization, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Arnold compared FRC to “Nazis.”
When the two actors encountered each other in person on the set of Larry King Now while promoting their upcoming roles, the feud became heated.
“They’re hurting people — you know how many suicides of f***ing gay kids? … They f***ing shame them and they try to keep them out of f***ing schools. … Please hear me. That’s why it’s so visceral. … I don’t want those f***ers using you,” Arnold said.
“Nobody is using me. I speak my mind,” Cain responded.
A bystander recorded two videos of the exchange:
“Dean was intense,” the witness said. “He looked ready to do something if Arnold came at him.”
At the end of the heated conversation, Arnold and Cain hugged twice.
But after, they went back to arguing on Twitter.
“He called me #racist and said I was anti-LGBTQ. Totally untrue. After I confronted him, he backed down. That’s how it always seems to work,” Cain tweeted.
In person, Arnold came around to the idea that Cain did not sympathize with people who promote hate, but he changed his mind after receiving Cain’s tweet.
“I didn’t back down,” Arnold said to The Hollywood Reporter. “I was giving him a break by not assuming he was stupid about the FRC, which I do liken to Nazis, and now I see he’s one of them.”
Arnold said he would not back down in their next encounter.
“He played this icon, Superman, but he’s an idiot,” Arnold said. “If he wanted to fight, I took my glasses off for him. He’s a f***ing p***y. Next time I see him we’ll get it going and his buddy can film it.”