Miley is at it again, throwing in her two cents for the world to hear. This time it's TV show Supergirl at the brunt of Cyrus's angst. In a recent interview with Variety magazine, the pop-star was discussing her coming out as pansexual and her views on gender equality. The conversation led onto whether the Hannah Montana star felt there was still a problem within Hollywood because of the inequality felt by women. The answer the controversial singer gave hit Supergirl like a block of kryptonite:
"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."
Ok, before we all pick our sides, let's breakdown what Miley is saying. The singer clearly believes that in this day and age, the leading drive of a program shouldn't be a gender.
In addition, Cyrus feels that assigning and placing so much emphasis on what gender that individual is could be detrimental to someone who is having difficulty in placing their own gender. We all know Miley is not one to shy away from gender or sexuality matters, but is she reading too much into it?
In response to the Disney star's comments, the show hit back at a recent press conference, supporting their decision to call the show Supergirl. The arguments they made are as follows:
The Show Itself Mentions The Gender Labelling
Despite the fact the show is based on a comic and that "Supergirl" is the given name of the hero. The TV version of the beloved character felt that, though they should stay true to the characters origins, they should also smooth out any possible degradation issues caused by using the word 'girl'. The executive producer of the show, Andrew Kreisberg responded to Miley's views with this:
“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.”
You can clearly see that the use of girl is challenged her, by no other that Supergirl, herself. The use of the word opened up a discussion as to whether it devalues the work of the hero or not. This is what makes the show so relevant, it takes elements of its comic-book past and makes them fit into modern thinking. We don't know if Miley's seen the show or is simply commenting on what she saw on a billboard, however.
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Supergirl Presents A Female Superhero Equal To Any Male One
Kreisberg also went on to comment about how Kara (Supergirl) is a hero who deserves the respect and appreciation all other male superheroes get:
“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,”
I wonder if Miley's views would differ after a talk with the producers of the show? It's very honorable that Cyrus is wanting to make a positive difference to gender inequalities within the world, but in this case, it seems a bit more research would have helped.