Superman Renounces American Citizenship

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PostFri Apr 29, 2011 3:06 am » by Roadkill


Time to tweak that catchphrase "truth, justice and the American way"? Superman is renouncing his U.S. citizenship in DC's new "Action Comics #900."

According to Newsarama.com, in the story, Superman is scolded by a member of the president's security staff for appearing at a protest in Iran, with the notion that Superman's actions reflect the positions of U.S. government as a whole.

"I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy," Superman says in a panel featured on comicsalliance.com.

The move was sparking differing reactions.

"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," Hollywood publicist and GOP activist Angie Meyer told FOX411's Pop Tarts column.

And from Wired blogger Scott Thill: "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."

So, Superman was born on another planet. Maybe it makes sense for him to embrace a more global identity. What do you think?
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