Following news on Friday that Warner Bros. suspended The Flash and Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg amid allegations of sexual harassment, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist and Arrow’s Emily Bett Rickards have publicly offered support of those who spoke out, and called for change in the industry.
In Benoist’s tweeted message, which doesn’t mention Kreisberg by name, she wrote that, “when people commit crimes or harass others they should always be held accountable.” The actress pointed out that as the star of a television series that sets out to support feminism and equality, she has always fought for what she believes is right — something she demonstrated in January when she took part in the Women’s March. Benoist ended her comments by stating she’ll see to it that, as she heads back to work on the series this week, she’ll “refuse to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful, and collaborative space.”
— Melissa Benoist (@MelissaBenoist) November 13, 2017
Rickards, meanwhile, called out not only the men who have committed harassment, but also those that have turned a “blind eye” to the matter. On the latter, the actress appeared to take a swipe at Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim.
— Emily Bett Rickards (@EmilyBett) November 13, 2017
Guggenheim had responded earlier Sunday to a tweet from Conan O’Brien in which the talk-show host proclaimed he was “ready for the all-female reboot of America.” Guggenheim cited the tweet as an example of “reverse sexism,” arguing that “painting all men with the Weinstein brush” wasn’t the answer.
Sorry, but NO. Reverse sexism isn't the answer. Painting all men with the Weinstein brush isn't the answer. https://t.co/Gp1QLKwoXN
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) November 12, 2017
The allegations against Kreisberg, which he has denied, are merely the latest in a series of accusations leveled against prominent men in the entertainment industry. Within the past few days alone, Star Trek actor George Takei was hit with allegations and DC Entertainment suspended longtime editor Eddie Berganza, while actresses Ellen Page and Anna Paquin recounted the harassment of director Brett Ratner on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand.
Warner Bros. Television is conducting an internal investigation regarding the allegations against Kreisberg.
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