In an October interview, Variety asked Miley Cyrus why she thinks "inequality still exists for women in Hollywood?" She answered by musing on the name of the CW's hit show Supergirl, which premiered its second season this week to excellent ratings. Cyrus is less than enthusiastic about it.
A lot of it 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.
Cyrus and her interviewer didn't dwell long on Supergirl, moving on to empowerment, and the fact that Cyrus does not want the "Wrecking Ball" lyrics as her epitaph—good to know.
Still, the show's executive producer weighed in rather immediately to refute Cyrus' comments. According to EW, he had this to say:
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.
In 2015, another producer defended the show against similar criticism: "[That's a] different character," said Ali Adler, referring to a suggestion that the show's name change to Superwoman. "She's Supergirl because she's Supergirl."
This is not the first time Supergirl has faced criticism from a celebrity. Remember—back when Jeb! Bush was running for president, he called Melissa Benoist, the actress who plays Supergirl, "pretty hot."
"That'll make the news."