Actor Dean Cain—best known for playing Clark Kent/Superman on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman—is being blasted online after he complained about having to wear a mask on a Canadian flight.
Writing on Twitter, Cain said it was "utterly ridiculous" that he "had to wear a mask on the plane - flying to/from Canada."
Cain accompanied his post with a photograph showing him wearing a mask on the flight.
You can see Cain's post below.
In Canada, masking rules were still very much in effect.
Earlier this week, the Canadian government announced it will no longer require passengers to wear masks on planes to curb the spread of COVID-19. All existing rules for masks will expire on Saturday, October 1.
Canadian carriers had pushed for ending all mandates, citing thousands of incidents of non-compliance this year alone. The decision to cancel all restrictions came after officials reviewed Canada's vaccination rate—one of the highest in the Western world—the availability of new vaccines, and data indicating the country has passed the peak of the latest COVID-19 wave.
However, the move to drop restrictions does not mean they won't be reintroduced in the future, per Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, who told reporters the Canadian government has "no hope to reintroduce some of these measures but if we need to protect the safety of Canadians, we will have to."
Cain's remarks did not go over well online and he was swiftly criticized.
Although Cain is a registered independent—once stating he does not feel the Republican Party shares his views—he has become one of the more high-profile supporters of Republican President Donald Trump, whom he endorsed in 2016 and 2020.
Cain is a regular on conservative programs, particularly on Fox News, and has embraced the larger MAGA movement which continues to parrot Trump's lie he won the 2020 general election despite losing to Democrat Joe Biden.
The outspoken Cain says he voted for Trump's policies, not his personality, and has even appeared in GOP-sponsored productions such as The Obamagate Movie, which asserts to expose the "Deep State plot" to harm Trump's candidacy and presidency and attempts to legitimize conservative conspiracies about the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.