Last few weeks have been abuzz with the victims of sexual harassment and their allegations, stories, etc. Hollywood is reeling under the impact of this deluge. Last week itself saw 19 people come forward with such allegations against Andrew Kreisberg, the guy who ran The Flash on The CW. Now an Arrowverse star has spoken about this current movement affecting the industry. Emily Bett Rickards aims to let fans know that she supports them.
The Arrow star took to Twitter and posted a short message for her followers in the wake of the Kreisberg scandal. Check out her full post below:
“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.”
Rickards is not the only one from the Arrowverse family to talk about the ongoing issue. Recently, Melissa Benoist had issued a lengthy statement regarding the trauma, and the Supergirl says that she is, “committed to being a part of changing the norm” for women.
“I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right,” writes Benoist. “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. This is heartbreaking, and at times makes me feel helpless. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
“But I’m an optimist. 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.
“I’ve spoken up about it in the past — publicly and not so publicly — and I’ll continue to do so. All of us should, without fear or shame. 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 save respectful and collaborative space.”
For the time being Warner Bros. has suspended Kreisberg in the wake of the allegations against him. We will let you know when the investigation into the case of the showrunner is completed.