Superman’s Statement Renouncing US Citizenship Sparks Controversy

By on Apr 30, 2011 in International, Politics, United States, World Comments

Superman’s Statement
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The fictional comic character, Superman stated “…I am renouncing my US citizenship…” in the “Action Comics” #900‘s, “The Incident” and this has sparked controversy as different sectors of US society reacted to the pronouncement. Several US news sites reported on the incident, this April 2011.

In the comic story the president’s national security advisor was angry that Superman supported the non-violent protesters in Tehran by appearing at the place. This was misinterpreted by Iran as an act of war by the US. This is the part where Superman said:

”I am renouncing my US citizenship. I’m tired   of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy.”

The Man of Steel said this purportedly with the concept that he is a citizen of the world, because he wants to help the world and not just America.

There were varied reactions from several quarters; some were enraged, stating that Superman “lacks patriotism” ; that “ If Superman doesn’t believe in America, then he doesn’t believe in anything,” (Weekly Standard);  “It doesn’t seem that he’s abandoning those values, however, only trying to implement them on a larger scale and divorce himself from the political complexities of nationalism.” (Comics alliance.)

As the controversy on Superman’s citizenship rages on, the superhero still promotes the slogan,”Truth, Justice, the American Way.” Superman has been considered as a natural-born citizen in spite of coming from Krypton on a capsule and not literally born in the US.

The publishers of the DC comics, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee released a statement:

“In a short story in Action Comics 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.

Superman remains a US citizen.


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