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Dean Cain Comes to Morgan Freeman's Defense Like Superman
TMZ caught up with Dean Cain over the weekend to discuss the situation with Morgan Freeman. As most of us started our Memorial Day weekend, Freeman was accused of sexually harassing eight women. Something Freeman denied. Kind of.
Dean Cain came to the actor's defense. Proving that he doesn't just play Superman on TV. Though as my editor-at-large is standing behind me making me write would point out, there's only one true Superman.
Anyway, here's what our second favorite Man of Steel had to say. About Freeman, and also about the danger of #MeToo swinging from one extreme to the other (see CNN Op-Ed Claims the Story of Easter is a #MeToo Moment and Bill Maher Blasts Fragile Millennials Over Their #MeToo Extremism):
I saw the Morgan Freeman video where he apparently said something, and it was ridiculous. As much as victims' rights are important and people telling their stories is great. It's a tough position. Men shouldn't go too far. And women shouldn't either. I've seen it go both ways. We're at an interesting point right now. Maybe when it swings too far one way, it'll swing back and we'll find a center. But as far as if I saw a really beautiful girl and I wanted to talk to her, I'd still talk to her.
Cain also said that no, we shouldn't stop watching Freeman's movies based on these accusations. Goes in line with the art being separate from the artist.
Both Cain and Morgan make valid points. People, especially in the media, treat every accusation as if the accused was already convicted of assault. Which isn't too say that guys don't take flirting too far sometimes into the awkward territory (at best). But being flirty, or a dirty old man is not the same as sexual assault. One is a jail sentence. The other is a meeting with Human Resources. Not the same. "He made me uncomfortable" does not equal "He locked my inside a room and forced himself upon me." When we lump these accusations together, we run the risk of diminishing actual assault while tearing down decent people who went a little too far with the flirts.
That Dean Cain is a mensch. At least, when he's not picking on defenseless German kids.