Over the last few weeks, Hollywood has been inundated with victims and their stories about sexual harassment. Last week, 19 people came forward with allegations about Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner of The Flash. Now, one Arrowverse star is speaking up about the industry’s on-going movement, and Emily Bett Rickards wants fans to know she supports them.
Over on Twitter, the Arrow star posted a brief message for her followers in light of Kreisberg’s scandal. You can read the 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 first member of the Arrowverse family to make comment on the revelation. Not long ago, Melissa Benoist also posted a length statement about the ordeal, and the Supergirl star says 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."
As of right now, Kreisberg is currently on suspension by Warner Bros. in light of the allegations placed against him. ComicBook will keep readers updated as the showrunner's case continues to be reviewed.