In the pilot episode of ‘Supergirl’, Cat Grant made a point of saying there was nothing wrong with being a GIRL (vs. a woman), but one person disagrees: Miley Cyrus. I never took Miley for a comic fan… and looks like I was right. She recently took a “Wrecking Ball” to ‘Supergirl,’ the hit show that just flew from CBS to The CW for being less-than-empowering.
The pop star stated:
A lot of [sexism] could be changed if we had a female president. That would give us a subconscious boost. I think people will have to realize they’re looking really dated. 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 fucking 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.
Obviously she isn’t aware that on ‘Supergirl’ there WILL be a female President, played by former ‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter.
Cyrus’ comments were made to Variety and has been picked up by other outlets… and didn’t go unnoticed.
‘Supergirl’ exec producer Andrew Kreisberg read her comments and had this to say in response:
“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.”
And last year, fellow exec producer Ali Adler pointed out that Superwoman is a name applied to various DC Comics characters including Lois Lane. Adler stated:
“[That’s a] different character. She’s Supergirl because she’s Supergirl.”
What do you think? Is SuperGIRL demeaning? Or is there nothing wrong with being a girl?