Supergirl shouldn't have "girl" in the title, according to actor/musician Miley Cyrus. The second-generation star brought up her issue with the CW show when asked about inequality in Hollywood by Variety in a wide-ranging interview.
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 f***ing billboard — it’s not a little girl," said Cyrus. "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."
Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg addressed Cyrus's comments in a press event on Tuesday.
"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," said Kreisberg (via Entertainment Weekly). "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.”
Kreisberg went on to say that the whatever Supergirl's name was, that her character "is the biggest statement toward having a powerful female on television."
“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."