Anderson responded to the controversy on Twitter, highlighting the fact that The X-Files also suffers from a dearth of women directors. Despite being one of the two lead actors, Anderson herself faced sexism throughout the show’s run, routinely offered a lower salary than her co-star David Duchovny.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) June 29, 2017
In a similar vein, Buffy only aired four episodes by female directors during its seven-season run. It’s an important reminder that while TV shows can have a cultural impact onscreen (Scully and Buffy are both feminist icons), things are more complicated behind the scenes.