‘Buffy the Vampire’ Actor Weighs in on Stacey Abrams’ Views on the Angel vs. Spike Debate
Following the 2020 presidential election, one of the most-talked-about politicians is Stacey Abrams, whose work in the formerly red state Georgia helped turn it purple. While receiving praise from Democratic leaders, she found the time to contribute to another debate — this one involving the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here’s what happened.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ featured a love triangle
Buffy the Vampire Slayer starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as the titular character. She began the series as a teenage girl, newly equipped with ancient powers making her equipped to fight supernatural beings. After moving to Sunnydale (which sits on a Hellmouth), she meets and falls for Angel, a vampire with a soul.
Their relationship doesn’t last past Buffy’s high school graduation, but they’re considered the star-crossed lovers of the series by many. As the heroine grows, she develops a love-hate relationship with Spike, another vampire who often fights against his own. Their complicated romance ends with friendship in the series finale.
Stacey Abrams is a big fan of the TV show
Abrams is known for her work in politics. She served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 10 years. After running for governor of Georgia in 2018, Abrams founded Fair Fight Action, an organization that helped increase voter turnout in the state during the 2020 presidential election. But she’s also a Buffy fan.
“Buffy was always premised around an idea and not a character,” said Abrams on the podcast Slayerfest98 of why she feels the show holds up years later. “The idea of the show was that it wasn’t about this girl who happened to have these superpowers. It was about the battle to become who you needed to be to survive and be successful.”
1 ‘Buffy’ actor agreed with her opinion on Angel vs. Spike
Abrams was tagged in a Twitter conversation about which vampire made a better love interest for Buffy in November 2020. Though a fan deemed her a Spike shipper, she had a caveat. “To be fair, Angel was the right boyfriend for Buffy coming into her power,” Abrams wrote. “Spike was the right man to be with as she became the power.”
Many Twitter users delighted in reading Abrams’ nuanced opinion on the subject. Among them was Buffy actor Danny Strong. “Yeah, I can see that,” he replied. Strong portrayed Jonathan Levinson, a classmate of Buffy’s at Sunnydale High School, who later became her adversary as a member of the Trio in Season 6.
Abrams has another ‘Buffy’ connection
As far as opinions on Buffy the Vampire Slayer go, having creator Joss Whedon in your corner is among the most desirable allies. The writer/director retweeted Abrams’ analysis, simply writing, “I AGREE!” And, as it turns out, he and Abrams are acquainted beyond Twitter.
“Near three years ago Sarah Ullman shot @staceyabrams first campaign videos (for free) at my house,” tweeted Whedon just a few days before the Buffy Twitter exchange. “Grateful to be a part of Sarah’s vision & to have heard Ms. Abrams’ in person.”