– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last year certainly brought a whole lot of change to the film industry. Over the course of several months, titans in the business started falling following numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, as well as hostile, sexist work environments.

One man who was accused and ultimately fired was Arrowverse executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who has brought such shows as The Flash and Supergirl to fruition. Given his involvement in such a rich world, this revelation was indeed a shocking one, and while we know that The CW has taken actions to remedy the situations, we haven’t heard a whole lot from within.

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Speaking with EW, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist spoke out for the first time regarding the situation, saying:

“That was a major disappointment, and the irony was not lost on me. I have to say that the way our show has recovered as a cast and a crew together, we have an atmosphere on set now that I’m extremely proud of and there are a lot of amazing men that work on our show, and we have a lot of amazing women that are in powerful positions on our show as well — now one of our co-showrunners is a female, [Jessica Queller], and the executive producer Sarah Schechter. We’re all in the fight for equality and for a safer atmosphere in the working space.”

Back in November, Kreisberg was fired after 15 women and four men accused Kreisberg of sexual misconduct. In addition, these actions also created a toxic work environment. Following an investigation, he was finally let go.

As far as ways the industry could work to make things better, Benoist said:

“I think it’s a matter of empathy, and it’s a matter of listening to each other and maybe as standing in each other’s shoes for a day across genders, and across sexualities, across any platforms. I just think it’s a matter of listening to each other. It’s hard to talk about something when you’re still so in the thick of it, when you’re still so engulfed by sorting out the confusion, but I have a lot of hope. I think that people are better than the way things have been.”

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.