Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist Skewers Workplace Sexual Harassment in a Surprisingly Uplifting Statement
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is not here for sexual harassment in the workplace.
The 29-year-old actress, who portrays Kara Danvers on the CW show, has issued a statement after Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg was suspended following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him.
On Sunday, Benoist took to Twitter to share a positive message that’s powerful and important.
“I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right. I have always tried to conduct myself this way personally, as well. Sadly, the show and my career are a part of an industry that doesn’t always mirror these sentiments,” she wrote. “This is heartbreaking, and at times makes me feel helpless.”
She also offered an optimistic take on the situation.
“I believe lasting change is possible, and when people are mistreated, they should have a safe forum to speak their truth and always be heard. And when people commit crimes or harass others they should always be held accountable—no matter what industry they work in or how much power they wield,” she wrote.
“We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. So this week, I’ll head back to work on Supergirl even more committed to being a part of changing the norm by listening when people speak up, and refusing to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful and collaborative space.”
On Friday, Warner Bros. Television released a statement announcing Kresiberg’s suspension from the show.
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” the statement read.
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“We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
Kreisberg strongly denied the allegations to Variety. “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek,” he told the publication. "I have proudly mentored both male and female colleagues for many years. But never in what I believe to be an unwanted way and certainly never in a sexual way."