Superman Renounces US Citizenship! :D
By: Tallha Abdulrazaq
I never thought I’d be trying to save Superman, and least of all from some of his own “fans” in the United States. Superman’s latest story has caused surprising controversy, and even more surprising is the fact that people who don’t ordinarily read comics are even trying to wade into Clark Kent.
Back in the US of A, Superman finds himself being questioned by an American official as he learns that the Iranian government has accused Superman’s humanitarianism of actually being American interventionism. Frustrated and tired of being seen as a tool of American foreign policy, Superman decides that it might be best to serve humanity as a whole by renouncing his US citizenship in front of the UN so that no one can accuse him of serving US interests when in actual fact he serves the interests of all of mankind.
The sheer brouhaha surrounding Superman’sintention and not actualrenunciation of his US citizenship shows the staggering level that American paranoia and insecurity has reached. Apparently, everything these days can be said to be anti-American patriotism, even a fictional superhero having an opinion. Besides, since when was Superman born in America? He’s from the planet Krypton which may as well be Mexico to all the racist anti-immigration hawks in American politics. As he’s technically an immigrant, I’m surprised he hasn’t been branded as some sort of “wet back”. Oh no, wait; Kal-El (Superman’s real name) is a white naturalised American citizen! Phew!
Superman never said he was going to forget his farm boy Kansas roots. The character clearly loves his strong country principles, and represents all that is good about the American ideal. He espouses justice, liberty for all, and the democratic right to choose, as evidenced by him not interfering politically when his arch nemesis Lex Luthor ran for and won the US Presidency. Unfortunately for him, the American ideal has become just that, especially when it comes to foreign policy, and this is what he is rejecting, not America itself. When was the last time we saw the US government waging a war to save the Democratic Republic of Congo or other ravaged, strategically insignificant, countries? Never. Have we seen them promote true democracy in the Middle East? Anyone who points to Iraq as an example can go to hell. Iran runs that place now. Good job, Uncle Sam.
Superman is not uniquely an American symbol. He represents all that is good about humanity, and the irony is this; he’s from another planet. But it’s for that precise reason that his strong moral compass can be related to by a mass audience. He fights evil, stops injustice, strives to have hope and to believe in the best that people have to offer, even in mankind’s darkest hours. Besides, after all the good that Superman has done for fictional America, can’t real America cut him some slack when he decides he wants to save people all over the world, not just fight crime in Metropolis? Are apparently American ideals of truth, justice and liberty dependant on possessing US citizenship? I believe in all three, yet I’m not even American. Then again, I can’t fly or bench press the Empire State Building either, but the point stands.
As absurd as this whole affair has been, consider yourself “saved”, Superman!