As more and more women are coming forward to speak out about men in Hollywood that have used their power to abuse, harass and assault women, two of The CW’s DC superheroes have stepped up to lend their support. Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and Emily Bett Rickards (Arrow) took to Twitter Sunday after Arrowverse producer and showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was suspended on Friday amidst allegations of sexual harassment.
While neither calls out Kreisberg by name, they both called for those that commit the harassment/assault and those that turn a blind eye to what is going on to be held accountable. Returning to the set this week, Benoist said that she will refuse “to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful, and collaborative space.”
While Kreisberg wasn’t named in their statements, Bett Rickards might have been calling out Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim with her mention of reverse sexism complaints. The X-Men Gold writer responded to a tweet from comedian Conan O’Brien, which referred to being ready for “the all-female reboot of America,” with a call of reverse racism.
This is not the only DC Comics related harassment news to dominate the weekend, as long-time editor Eddie Berganza after Buzzfeed reported on the years of accusations of harassment that have been reported about Berganza for years. While the comics publisher had seemingly done nothing in the past, after this latest spotlight they have suspended Berganza.