Earlier this week, Miley Cyrus offered her thoughts on “Supergirl,” saying “I think having a show with a gender attached to it is weird.”
“One, it’s a woman on that fucking billboard — it’s not a little girl,” Cyrus said in an interview with Variety. “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.”
Asked about the pop star’s comments during a recent press event in Burbank, California, “Supergirl” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg addressed Cyrus’ concerns about the character’s name being anti-feminist. “I think we worked hard in the early part of season one to address the discrepancy, and actually had a scene with Kara lamenting being called Supergirl and Cat with the great rejoinder about how the word ‘girl’ in and of itself is not offensive.”
“For us, the strongest feminist thing on the show is Kara herself as a character and what she does week in and week out,” Kreisberg continued. “The challenges she’s presented with and how she overcomes them both physically and emotionally,” he explained. “That’s the biggest statement on having a powerful female on TV is by not talking about it and actually showing a powerful female on television. That’s the biggest feminist statement we could make.”
Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott and features appearances by Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant as well as Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman.
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