WATCH: Dean Cain Calls Out Twitter Mob: ‘That’s Real Fascism, and It Ain’t Gonna Happen’

Star of true crime drama Gosnell, Dean Cain clashed this week with actor/producer Tom Arnold. Cain explains to The Stream why open dialogue matters in an exclusive interview.

On Tuesday, while backstage as guests on the show Larry King Now, actor Dean Cain (L) of the new film Gosnell and actor/producer Tom Arnold took their weeks-long Twitter feud into real life.

By Josh Shepherd Published on October 10, 2018

On Tuesday, the cultural clash over the new film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer came into stark view. Two popular actors nearly came to blows backstage at the Glendale, California studio of Larry King Now.

“You’re giving me guilt by association, and that’s wrong!” shouted Dean Cain, star of Gosnell. The Hollywood Reporter obtained video of the exchange and reported on it yesterday (warning: explicit language). The actor is known for portraying “Superman” on the ’90s TV show Lois and Clark. His opponent also has a decades-long career in Hollywood.

A comedy actor and producer of the hit show Roseanne, Tom Arnold objected to Cain attending the Values Voter Summit two weeks ago. Vice President Mike Pence and various conservative figures spoke to over 2,000 activists at the Washington, D.C., gathering hosted by Family Research Council Action.

“Don’t be with them!” shouted Arnold, who currently stars in the documentary series The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. “They are taking advantage of you. If I was with Nazis, if I go to their convention — they’re like that! They’re that bad.”

The two actors ultimately hugged after hearing each other out. However, the animosity continued later on Twitter. At Values Voter Summit, Cain spoke with The Stream about criticism he received from Arnold. He also stated his differences with organizers of the summit.

“No one can tell me who to talk to and what to say,” said Cain in the interview. “Whether or not I support a cause, they don’t tell me how to do it. That’s real fascism, and it ain’t gonna happen.”

Dean Cain: “I Am Pro-Choice”

Producers of Gosnell have faced several hurdles getting their dramatic film to the big screen. It started when the project was booted from a popular crowdfunding site. This past week, Facebook banned producers from buying ads on their platform to promote the film.

Now actors and producers have faced hostility directly. “For people to attack me for coming here to speak about this film, it blows my mind,” said Cain. “Twitter is a toxic place and people have certainly been trying to blow me up, which I don’t get.”

He referenced a tweet sent that week by Tom Arnold (warning: expletive). It led to their backstage argument on Tuesday.

Cain did not shy away from disagreeing with other voices at Values Voter Summit. “People are going to think this is a big pro-life movie, but it’s not,” he said.

“I’m pro-choice. I support a woman’s right to choose up to a point. For my own child, I would never want an abortion. But I’m not going to legislate that someone else has to do that.”

Divisions Over Life, Sexuality Issues

The actor elucidated his views further with facts about fetal development. “At six weeks, you can hear a heartbeat,” said Cain. “At 20 weeks, the survival rate of a child is 60 percent; and at 26 weeks, it’s 90 percent. This guy was performing abortions well past that. It’s horrendous.”

”This is really emotional subject matter. People are going to take sides and stake their sides really hard.” — Actor Dean Cain

Gallup reports that Americans are evenly divided on self-reporting as pro-choice or pro-life. Their polling also reveals that only 28 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal after the first trimester.

Cain further stood for a cause that also seemed at odds with social conservative activists.

Dean Cain

Dean Cain

“My support for gay rights has been unwavering for decades,” he said. “If you have someone who supports your cause, why would you try to vilify them for coming and having dialogue and discussion? We may not agree, but having the dialogue is certainly the first step.”

A public policy group known for its stands on social issues, Family Research Council (FRC) has been repeatedly labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The conservative group rejects the claims made by the SPLC.

In June, FRC and 47 other groups called on media to “dissociate themselves from the SPLC and its ongoing effort to defame and vilify mainstream conservative organizations.”

Despite producers promoting the film to pro-life audiences, including at Values Voter Summit, Cain states their viewpoint is neutral. “We’re not taking a position,” he said. “We are telling the story as it took place and let people make their own decision.”

“Life And Death” True Crime Drama

The film recounts how, in 2011, a Philadelphia narcotics investigator and his team stumbled upon an unethical abortion clinic. Kermit Gosnell ultimately went to trial in 2013. Today, he is serving three consecutive life sentences in a Pennsylvania prison for his crimes.

“[This] abortion doctor could very well be America’s greatest serial killer,” said Dean Cain. “He was found guilty of murdering three children born alive and possibly hundreds more. There were [charges] of manslaughter as well for losing one of his patients, by having an untrained nurse on staff administer all sorts of medications.”

In interviews, producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have compared the film to Making a Murderer and other popular true crime dramas. It puzzled them why actors, distributors and now media outlets seemed to discriminate against the project.

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“No one wanted to tell this story,” said Cain. “The media didn’t cover it when it when it took place. We had a real hard time getting the film made and [distributed].”

The actor, who noted he is filming three movies this month, sums up why he believes the pushback has been intense. “This is really emotional subject matter,” concluded Cain. “People are going to take sides and stake their sides really hard.”


Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content including disturbing images, Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer opens in theaters nationwide this Friday.

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  • Jim Walker

    If you’re Pro-Choice aka Pro-Abortion, You’re not a Christian.

    • Andy6M

      I’m no fan of abortion believe me. But as far as I can tell, Scripture outlines faith in Christ as the qualifier for being saved. All the rest, like attitudes and behaviors come under the auspices of ongoing sanctification. Further, I am also no fan of hearing people say, “don’t judge,” because there are definitely times when we are certainly told to judge. But judging the state of a person’s soul state is one area where we should not be acting as judge. That is God’s domain.

      • Fr. Frank Bass

        “If you love me, keep my commandments.” — Jesus Christ

        “You shall not kill.” — Yahweh

        “Faith without works is dead.”
        — James, the Apostle

        • Andy6M

          Sure…all of those are salient points in relation to the ongoing sanctification of the believer. The original comment called into question the condition of the person’s soul. That’s a different thing.

          • Jim Walker

            Dean is still living his life and he can still change his mind and repent of his wrong beliefs.
            I was once Pro-choice. Since I come across to this website, I repented and am solidly Pro-life.

          • Juan Garcia

            1 Corinthians 4: 3-5: I care very little if I am judged by you or any human court; indeed, I do not even even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

            (or not)

      • dirtywhiteboy

        But you can judge people’s actions.

        • Andy6M

          Yes, I believe I alluded to that in my comments. But judging someone’s actions as good or evil is quite different from judging someone’s eternal state. We have been given some tools to do the former, but latter is God’s domain.

          Had Jim Walker said, “You’re not acting Christianly,” I would not have had a problem.

          • Jim Walker

            I stand by my words above.

            Being Christian is not by acting, but to live our lives mirroring Jesus.

            If Dean can claim these bible verses as God’s breath, he will never accept abortion even from Day 1 of conception.

            Psalms 139:14
            I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

            Accepting abortion at certain weeks of gestation is like having a foot on soild ground and the other on a rocky boat drifting away.

            What will Jesus say to a woman who is thinking about aborting her fetus 3 weeks old ?
            Will He say Go and do it, its OK. No big deal ?

          • Athena771

            Hey what about every Christian that divorces and remarries, isn’t that adultery?

            If you judge a person whether they are a Christian or not by what they do, then NOBODY is saved for everybody sins!

            Everyone is an adulterer even if you just think it.

            Everyone is a murderer if you are angry with your brother.

            Every person is a liar and a law breaker (ever go over the speed limit)?

            Every person a fornicator that has had sex out of marriage or watched porn.

            Why do you single out abortion?

            So if you measure someone if they are a Christian by the sins they commit, well then make sure to include yourself, unless of course you are PERFECT.

          • Jim Walker

            We are all sinners. Our best actions do not save us. However, as we grow in faith with God, we sin less, but not sinless, we depend more on Him than on our own strength. Every single sin you mentioned above, can be forgiven, even if someone abort their own baby. The word is repent and until that happens, you are still living in chains at the prison of this fallen world ruled by satan.
            You need God more than you know Athena771.

          • Athena771

            We sin less, that is funny, if anything we all live in sin to some degree or another while on this earth, otherwise Paul would not have desired to be free from “this body of death” and how he called himself the “chief of sinners”

            It is self-righteous to think that we sin less and less.

          • Jim Walker

            Anyone who repent and believes in God, will be a new creation and as long as we cling onto Him, we do sin less. Imagine you have the best master to teach you a skill and after years, you are still at level 1?

            Sin less, but we are still sinners because our flesh body will always oppose God till the day we die.

            I agree with Paul, I too am the worst sinner there is. Therefore, by acknowledging that, I want God to be in control, not by my own strength.

          • Athena771

            I think this is the first time i actually agree with you, nice for a change.

    • Athena771

      Really? how do you know that, does it say “Christian” or “non-christian” on someone’s forehead is that how you know ?

      I did not know that you were able to see into the heart of a person, I thought only
      God can do that?

      You are presumptious self-righteous who thinks himself better.

  • John A.

    I do not understand how someone can acknowledge that abortion is ending a human life, that it is the killing of a human baby, but you wouldn’t put an end to it legally because you don’t want to tell a woman she can’t kill her own? What tortured logic to maintain a pro-choice mindset. Why limit it to inside 6 weeks? Or 20 weeks? Is it less human? No it’s not at all. There can be no serious argument against the fact that life begins at conception. And if you allow that life to be snuffed out at any point beyond conception, you really have no logical basis for imposing an arbitrary limit like 20 weeks.

    • NellieIrene

      I know what the “tortured logic” is because I used it for years. I believed as he did. When you believe abortion should be illegal after the heart starts or after the baby is viable, it means you will, in all liklihood, eventually become a full pro-lifer. Because the further you delve into what happens at conception, it becomes impossible to defend abortion at any time after it occurs. I think Mr. Cain will get there. I pray he does.

      • John A.

        Thanks, appreciate hearing your perspective.

  • NellieIrene

    I know this is off topic but the exchange between Cain and Arnold was riveting. This is globalism. Straight out of Biblical Prophecy. I didn’t see how it would occur when I was a child. I do now. You can’t think, you can’t speak, you can’t act without the consent of the mob. The “other” must be isolated. You are demonized for holding ideas that differ from the mob. No matter how rational yours may be or how irrational their ideas are It is happening right before my eyes. The mob is organizing and politicizing their agenda They are enacting hate speech and hate crime laws everywhere. And the people are consenting to government determining what beliefs are acceptable and which are not. Amazing. I’m glad I was born in this age. It reinforces my faith.

    • dirtywhiteboy

      Basically it’s the beginning of a Communist state if the Dems ever take full control. Obama used the intel agencies to set up an incoming President and gets away with it. Not good!

      • NellieIrene

        Yes. The New World Order where “Logic is an enemy. And truth is a menace”. It has been coming for at least a century but the hyperemotionalism that Tom Arnold, and his fellow travelers on the left exhibit, are what was missing in the mix. You can’t have people thinking with their minds. Because if we looked at it logically, we would reject the strictures of the new world being created.

    • Eph 4:17-19

      “With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused.
      Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.
      They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.” …..Sure fits today doesn’t it Nellie????

  • Chester Courtland

    Tom Arnold is a mental defective.

    • DLink

      A somewhat crude, but accurate, way of noting that Arnold seems to have been adversely affected by his declining career over the past decade.

  • Tom Arnold is a typical deranged brain dead socio/commie/GLOB, hugging that would be like hugging b o (brak obummer) BLEAH!!! gives me the shudders to even think of it.

  • Steve

    Our laws and culture are Biblical based and need observance, not violation

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