The Sexist

Buffy Vs. Edward Cullen: A Feminist Mash-Up


In this video mash-up wedding the Buffy the Vampire series and the Twilight movie, editor Jonathan McIntosh presents "a critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior" in order to expose "the more patriarchal gender roles and sexist Hollywood tropes embedded in the Twilight saga." I'm all for Buffy smacking down anybody. Still, aren't we forgetting all the stalk-y dudes she's dated over the years?

Apparently! Jezebel's hortense thanks McIntosh for showing that "Edward Cullen's creepiness too often gets a pass from those who brush aside his controlling, stalkerish ways as the signs of 'true love.'" Slate's Nina Shen Rastogi also commends the effort, noting that Buffy "knows from ridiculously good-looking, brooding vampire honeys. So when she tells you that stalking maketh not a courtship, you should listen to her."

Speaking as a Twilight fan who is also currently halfway through Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 on DVD (some call me "nerd"): Edward Cullen is a creepy, sparkling stalker, but he's harmless compared to the guys Buffy Summers has chosen for herself. Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn't off the hook with its stalking-and-violence-as-true-love-themes. And yes, I am living in 1997. Get over it.

Angel? Turned evil and had to kill him, then came back briefly in the fourth season only to —remember?—silently stalk Buffy in order to continue to protect her.

Riley Finn? Not even a fucking vampire, first of all, so I hate to even count this guy. But he did consistently refuse to accept Buffy's demon-murderin' autonomy, often following her along on missions to—yep—"protect" her. Plus, he was very, very annoying.

Spike? I haven't gotten this far yet—but Wikipedia describes their fling as "secret, mutually abusive." Sounds like an improvement.

Buffy's own history with stalking aside: The great thing about mash-ups is how they take things out of context to create new hilarious scenarios. But by taking Edward Cullen out of the context ofTwilight and applying him to a different ridiculous world of vampires, we forget how hilarious Cullen was in the context of his own movie. If you haven't seen Twilight, it was unbelievably absurd, and—in my opinion—awesomely so. He communicates only in absurdly disgusted looks! He plays baseball! He sparkles, for fuck's sake!

For the brainwashed masses of the Cullen obsessed, the vampire's stalkey ways—and his sparkliness—may very well represent true love. For those who aren't drinking the blood-flavored Kool-Aid, the absurdity of Cullen's courting only makes him more hilariously awesome—and way, way more entertaining than Riley Finn.

  • XxX-nellie-XxX

    I totaly agree with the RILEY FINN bit i hate him lol. Also i really lyk the vid it was well intricated with all the clips. i have got every box set of buffy on video and have read all the twilight saga books and lyk both very much.


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  • Katelyn

    Except that in Buffy, she has all the power and none of these guys are a real threat to her (as she proves by kicking their asses whenever necessary). In Twilight, Bela is a helpless victim, living to please Edward and always careful to never to too tempting, lest he lose control. When he leaves her, the only reason she doesn't kill herself is because he tells her not to (and even then she's always putting herself in dangerous situations where she could be killed just to hear his voice again - good thing she has that other male protector, or she would be dead). Yeah, real feminist. Buffy all the way, and keep your misogynistic Twilight.

  • Amanda Hess

    Katelyn, I totally agree with you! But given Buffy's stalker-love history, I wouldn't be surprised if there's some Buffy Summers / Edward Cullen nerd-rotica out there (though I won't endeavor to google that) where these two date for a couple seasons before she ends up incinerating him.

  • jenna

    so ive only read twilight (ugh!) but ive also seen buffy, and wikipedia is a bunch of puritan pussies. the spike part of the show is the best because its in the middle of when willow goes apocalyptic apeshit after her girlfriend tara gets shot, so the "secret" part is basically buffy settling for spike (since angel got his own wb show) when she needs a sort of stress relieving break from the willow-drunk-on-witch-power part, and the "mutually abusive" part is just like the prime time tv version of s and m. and honestly, if someone's 24/7 occupation involves having supernatural strength to fight off dead people-in addition to having died once herself- then i totally believe they would be way into s and m. i thought that was one of the more realistic character developments in the series.

    if watching r patz' disgusted looks the whole movie is annoying, like quadruple that in the prose version and that's basically how low rate the book is.

  • Amanda Hess

    Spike > Edward Cullen > Angel > . . . Riley Finn

  • rachel

    i agree with jenna, but there was definitely a self-destructive element to the buffy/spike relationship, since she had just come back from the dead at the beginning of the season and sort of wished she hadn't. i think the general lesson is that people who date vampires don't have great romantic judgment

  • Lucy

    By the way... the artist is actually named Jonathan "McIntosh" without the A. And his website is if you want to link.

  • Amanda Hess

    Thanks, Lucy. I'm sorry for the oversight. I've corrected the post.

  • Candace

    Actually, Angel was sent to help her... not protect her. Since, he had many ways around the demon world that she did not. And, he was also sent to not just help her, but all of Sunnydale as a way to repent for his sins. If you remember, Angel turns evil only after having a "moment of true pleasure" with Buffy. And, then he kills her. His soul came with a deal and he had failed the deal. He had become happy for one moment and lost his soul. Also, Angel was "stalkery" because he couldn't go out at day time (like a REAL vampire story) and he was shown for the bulk of the first season as this dark figure in the shadows at night. But, only because he had to be or it wouldn't have made sense. (In all Anne Rice novels, you get the same feeling for all the vampires -men and women.) As for Riley, you should also remember that his over concern for her was problematic to her. She fought with and him a lot. With Spike... they say it was "mutually abusive" because he and she had a sexual relationship, even when Spike grew to be in love with Buffy and she had feelings for him, she never "loved" him. But, she did give him a final acceptance after he sacrificed himself to save the world. Just from a big big big Buffy fan. Thought you should know. Issues with Buffy that DID exist, although they made sense in context. Her want to be a "normal" girl. She struggles with it throughout a bulk of the series. Which goes further to the problem of what is a normal woman and is anyone actually one... But, that's a whole other topic.

  • Victoria D

    Angel is the best vampire ever, he is special, has a soul, back to the hell to be with the loved Buffy, is not pale or cold, is a fighter. Edward next to Angel is a little girl in danger. Besides Meyer's story is a bad imitation of Whedon's criation. None beats Buffy, Angel and the immortal love of them. YOU NEED BE DOING A JOKE! ANGEL/ANGELUS/BUFFY TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!