The Supergirl producers stand by their show’s title. Following a press screening Tuesday, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg responded to Miley Cyrus’ comments slamming the name by reiterating what the producers have said since the beginning of the series.
“It’s based on a pre-existing property that’s called Supergirl, so we never had any intention of calling it something other than that,” said Kreisberg. “I think we worked hard, especially in the early part of season 1 to address the discrepancy. We actually had a scene about Kara herself lamenting, ‘Why aren’t I called Superwoman?’ and had Cat with her great rejoinder about how the word ‘girl’ in and of itself is not offensive. We continue to be proud of this show, we continue to be proud of Melissa and the character she represents and the hero that she represents. We stand by the show.”
On Tuesday, Variety published an interview with Miley Cyrus where she criticized the show’s title. While speaking to the trade about inequality in Hollywood, she said she thought having a female president would help give women a “subconscious boost” and would help the industry realize how dated it was.
“For example, there’s a show called Supergirl. I think having a show with a gender attached to it is weird. One, it’s a woman on that f—–g billboard — it’s not a little girl. Two, what if you’re a little boy who wants to be a girl so bad that this makes you feel bad? I think having a title like Supergirl doesn’t give the power that people think it does,” said Cyrus in the interview.
During the same press Q&A, Kreisberg also touched upon how Kara (Melissa Benoist) as a hero isn’t different from any of the other superheroes on The CW, which include The Flash‘s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Arrow‘s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).
“For us, the strongest feminist thing about this show is Kara herself, and just as a character, what Kara does week in and week out, and the challenges she’s presented with and how she overcomes them both physically and emotionally, that, to me, is the biggest statement toward having a powerful female on television, is by not talking about it, but actually showing a powerful female on television,” said Kreisberg.
He continued, “That’s the biggest feminist statement that we could make, especially when you compare it to our other shows, like Flash and Arrow — there’s nothing she goes up against that they don’t go up against, and she’s just as valorous and just as competent and just as emotional and just as flawed and just as strong as any of the other male heroes that we’ve created. That, to me, is the best example of being pro-woman, that this show can make as a statement week in and week out.”
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
— Reporting by Natalie Abrams