"V" creator Kenneth Johnson has been pretty supportive of the new version of his concept, but it seems that one thing he can't handle is the show's designation that the letter "V" stands for Visitors, which was never his intention. Responding to a fan asking for clarification, Johnson noted on Ilana's "V" SITE:
"V has absolutely no connection to the word Visitors. V is and always has been the universal symbol of Resistance against Tyranny. I got the idea for using V as the title for my original miniseries from seeing Winston Churchill holding up his two fingers as a V in the darkest days of World War II -- and from seeing so many Nazi propaganda posters with a big red V slashed across them.
"Leonardo Cimino even states it loud and clear in my original as he says to some teenagers spraying graffiti, 'No, if you are going to do it, do it right! I'll show you!' He takes the boy's hand and guides the spray paint onto a Visitor propaganda poster into a big red V. 'You understand?' he says, very loud and clear. 'For Victory! Go tell your friends!' Anyone who has ever paid an ounce of attention to my original -- or to history -- certainly knows that. Calling the Visitors 'The Vs' is pretty silly and not only totally misses the entire point in an effort to sound psuedo-hip, but denigrates the efforts of millions of Resistance fighters, many of whom died heroically in their determination to win and preserve freedom."