Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel."

Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel."

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Arguably the most famous refugee in all of pop culture, Superman, made a show on Twitter Wednesday by celebrating World Refugee Day.

"Superman stands up for what's right," reads a tweet from DC Comics. "Did you also know he's a refugee? This #WorldRefugeeDay, be like Superman and stand up for what's right."

The top reply is, predictably, a complaint. "You are now turning a cultural icon into a political figure to support refugees? Don't be like Marvel. Please."

What comments like that fail to recognize, though, is that this sort of talk is nothing new for Superman. A famous PSA image of the superhero from 1949 has the Man of Steel saying, "Remember, boys and girls, your school -- like our country -- is made up of Americans of many different races, religions and national origins, so if you hear anybody talk against a schoolmate or anyone else because of his religion, race or national origin -- don't wait: tell them that kind of talk is un-American." (We'll forgive Kal-El for the really long sentence that needlessly repeats itself.)

It makes sense. After all, Superman is a literal alien that you could say immigrated to America illegally as a child. He was a refugee from the planet Krypton, and his parents took drastic action to give him a better life in a land that was not his own.

While DC's tweet got some people talking, it's not causing nearly the stir that Superman caused in 2017 when he saved a group of undocumented workers from a racist white man that tried to shoot them, believing that they took his job. 

Still, Superman's stand for refugees comes at a time when the country is in heated discussion about immigration and our borders, as the Trump administration defends itself over a policy that separates immigrant children from their parents. (President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to change that policy.)

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