Don’t Ask Miley Cyrus To Like ‘Supergirl’

By October 12, 2016


For some strange reason, it took the television networks a long time to find a viable female superhero to fly into living rooms each week. But last year, CBS finally made it happen with Supergirl.

cyrusinsert101216Now as the DC Comics series starring Melissa Benoist gets settled in at its new home on The CW, there’s one feminist leader who isn’t a fan: Miley Cyrus.

During an in-depth interview with Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh, the singer and actress shared her feelings on a number of topics including her work on The Voice and for her openness about her sexuality. However, when Setoodeh asked Cyrus why she thinks gender inequality still exists in Hollywood, she took dead aim at Supergirl.

“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 … 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.”

Whether it helps or not, Supergirl did address the name in its pilot between characters played by Benoist and Calista Flockhart. Cat Grant, the magazine editor played by Flockhart, defended the name despite Kara Danvers’ protest. Supergirl’s alter ego felt, at the very least, the superhero should be called “Superwoman.”

However, even if Cyrus is not watching, apparently many others are. The second season premiere – the first on The CW – pulled in 3 million viewers to the network, according to TV Line. While that’s only half the audience that tuned in for the first season finale on CBS, it gave The CW its best Monday night since a 2008 episode of Gossip Girl.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.