Y’see, in a recent interview with Variety, #MileyCyrus was asked for her thoughts on gender inequality, and opted to spend some time chiding#TheCW’s #Supergirl for its choice of title:
“…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***ing 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.”
Which, of course, are all legitimate concerns — and in an industry that routinely fails to treat anyone who isn’t a straight white male with all that much respect (or employment), it’s obviously important to hold shows accountable for the decisions they make. The only problem?
There’s A Very Particular Reason That Supergirl Is CalledSupergirl
One that the show’s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg was in fact forced to point out during a recent press screening in response to Cyrus’ comments. As he put it:
“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… 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.”
What’s more, he noted, the show is arguably one of the most actively and emphatically feminist shows on television — it just approaches it in a less overt way than, say, Miley Cyrus does:
“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.”
Now, of course, that’s not to say that active discourse regarding battling inequality isn’t important, nor that everyone couldn’t likely do better, but it does perhaps suggest that there are better targets for Cyrus’s ire out there than a show about a woman being awesome while surrounded by other awesome women. After all, we live in a world with Donald Trump, and everything that he says.
In the meantime, what do you think? Is Cyrus right, or is Supergirljust fine the way it is?