Following news that The Flash showrunner/Supergirl co-showrunner Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended over sexual harassment allegations, actors from those shows and its associated DC-CW shows have stepped up to comment.
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist, as as well as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, previously made statements.
Grant Gustin, titular star of The Flash (Instagram):
I can sometimes forget that I live in a world where not everyone has the same rights and privileges as I do. I realize that it’s my privilege that makes me forget. Hearing of different men, again and again, especially in the industry that I work in, treating women as if they are less than, and both physically and emotionally abusing them has become a daily occurrence. This is not ok. This can’t become our new normal. These last few weeks I haven’t been sure what to say, so let me say this. I want to be better. I want to be a better man, a better ally. And I especially want all of the women in my life to know that I hear them, I stand with them, and I support them.
I’m in awe of not just all the women who have spoken out these last few weeks, but any woman who has ever done so. I can’t imagine how terrifying it must be and how much courage and strength it takes.
These women are the real superheroes, and they should be treated as such. Thanks for reading.
Stephen Amell, titular star of Arrow (Facebook):
I have no interest in speaking about an ongoing investigation … other than to say WB is conducting an investigation into what is being alleged against one of the producers on our show, and if they need my help in any way, shape or form, they will get it. I thought that it was appropriate before I spoke to you or before I spoke publicly, to speak with our cast and our crew, which I got the chance to do this morning. I certainly can’t pontificate in an eloquent way or in such a succinct manner like Emily did, like Melissa did, like Caity Lotz did. I stand behind and fully support everything that they said. Our biggest asset on Arrow is our crew, and further more, their biggest strength and our biggest strength is working on it as a team. I think that we can do this because we promote and we champion a safe and progressive work environment.
I told them this morning, and I tell you now - and I meant it 0 that if anyone ever feels anything less than 100 percent safe, or anyone feels as through they aren’t allowed to express themselves and be the person that they are, that they should come to whomever they are supposed to go to and that I’ll stand right besides them, right behind them, I’ll speak on their behalf if need be. I also think that in situations like this if you’re not an active part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. Period. That’s it. We do our best to have the best possible work environment. We will continue to do so. Again, I echo the statements made by my friend and co-worker Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz, Melissa Benoist and the chorus of others that have come forward and called for a safe, progressive, equal working environment.
Emily Bett Rickards, supporting actor on Arrow (Twitter):
To the men who committed harassment, who perpetuated rape culture, who turn a "blind eye", and complain about "reverse sexism": you are weak and complicit. To the women who found the strength to speak up. To the women who supported one another and to the women finding their voice: You can. You are heroines.
Caity Lotz, actor on DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Twitter):
To the brave women and men who are coming forward to condemn their abusers... I add my voice to the choir of support. You are the ones ushering in change that would allow all of us to work in an environment where we are respected and safe.
Chyler Leigh, supporting actor on Supergirl (Instagram):
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women” - Maya Angelou ?? @shethority Let’s stand up Ladies. Lets stand up FOR each other. Let’s stand up WITH each other. Let’s #createchange together #sheroes