Buffy Creator Titillates the Audience
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
creator Joss Whedon believes that less is more when it comes to
depicting same-gender romances. To wit, in last week's episode, Alyson
Hannigan's sexually ambiguous character, Willow, proclaimed her love
for fellow witch Tara (Amber Benson). But the screen went blank
just as the duo were about to kiss!
"On a [bigger] network,
you don't have an opportunity with a same-sex relationship to show the
kind of graphic coupling that you do with, say, Buffy and [boyfriend] Riley,"
Whedon tells TV Guide Online. "So you have to use your imagination, and
to me it's the best thing that could have happened to us. It forces you
to come up with something that is a little more primal and I think much
sexier than if we were allowed to do anything we wanted."
Whedon initially put this
titillating strategy to work in February when Willow and Tara cast a spell.
The sexually-charged ceremony featured candles, hand-holding, moaning and
an orgasmic climax to rival Meg Ryan's famous When Harry Met
Sally... diner scene.
"I'm sure I don't know
what you're talking about," Whedon says with a laugh, adding, "It was sensual
and physical, but, by necessity, tasteful. It made me very happy that we
were able to do that."
The unconventional love
potion hasn't been to every viewer's taste, Whedon concedes. "But generally
speaking, people are dealing with this as a romantic relationship. And
because all of the relationships on Buffy are kind of romantic, it doesn't
feel unnatural or out of place." And he hints that the good witches will
continue to enchant each other for a spell longer. "That's the plan...."