Given that it’s now 2017 and the world has progressed a bit beyond the classic paranoia and dislike of LGBTQ people and issues, it’s somewhat surprising to learn that a former fan of The CW’s Supergirl felt it necessary to complain on Twitter regarding the show’s recent revelation and coming out of a main character. Unfortunately, that’s what went down just a few days ago when Twitter user @TaronYoung complained to a Supergirl Twitter page about having to explain homosexuality to his 7 and 10-year-old children.
The current season of Supegirl has introduced a new aspect into Alex Danvers’ life; namely, she came out to her sister who just so happens to be Supergirl. Producers of the hit show teased the possibility of a major character coming out sometime this season and after some introspection, Alex, played by Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy, The Practice, and Not Another Teen Movie), finally realized she was gay.
The show has always been progressive and open about its characters and their relationships so this wasn’t as much a part of the story as it was a way to introduce a major relationship between Alex and her new love interest, Maggie Sawyer, played by Floriana Lima (Lethal Weapon, The Family, and Allegiance). When the two characters finally kissed, the show was able to proceed and develop this new relationship.
Unfortunately, for @TaronYoung, having to explain why two women were kissing in what he must have expected to be a beat-em-up superhero show didn’t sit well. Taron Tweeted a request to tone down the homosexual messages, which earned a reply from Supergirl… or at least the official Supergirl Twitter account:
It is not known if Melissa Benoist manages this account herself, but she has become no stranger to controversy and protest. Recently, she joined in the Women’s March on Washington to express her disapproval of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. She held up a catchy sign you can see here:
After @TaronYoung Tweeted and received a reply, Taron’s Twitter page lit up with negative attacks… thousands of them. This spurned Taron to reply and indicate the true intention of the Tweet over a series of conversations.
@RH_comments Point taken. But I'm first teaching love then sex w/o involving the expression of love at this age.
— Taron Young (@Taronyoung) January 30, 2017
A quick reading of the account indicates Taron’s preference to limit expressions of physical expression and also to reiterate that the Tweet wasn’t meant to be an attack on LGBTQ depictions in television. Similar Tweets were made related to heterosexual expressions as well suggesting a desire to simply limit the children’s exposure to intimate acts on television.
The CW reminded us all that Supergirl is a PG-13 program, which helped to settle the issue. Regardless of the reasons for the Tweet or the backlash from what occurred, the coverage has helped to boost both an understanding of LGBTQ issues as well as the ratings for an already amazing show. Hopefully, the backlash on Taron’s Twitter account will subside and everyone can get back to enjoying the amazing programming the cast and producers of Supergirl have been churning out all season.
Supergirl airs on The CW Mondays at 8:00 PM (EST) and stars Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mechad Brooks, Jeremy Jordan, and David Harewood.
Update: The Twitter account associated with the show is a fan-created one. Taron likely thought he was Tweeting the right account, but that wasn’t the case.