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Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Still Getting Death Threats Over Her Answer to the Angel/Spike Question

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If you spend time on a site like this one, it’s probably because you’re a fan. Of something. Or maybe everything. And fans are great because we’re passionate. When we love something, we care about it a lot, and that can beautiful.

Or, on occasion, it can be truly heinous. Sometimes that fandom passion bubbles up with exactly zero chill. And that’s when, even decades after the fact, actors are getting yelled at and even receiving death threats for sharing their opinions about their characters.

This week was the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which, if you weren’t aware, is why your internet has been full of think pieces, interviews, and an awesome reunion roundtable. In all the fun reminiscing, Sarah Michelle Gellar explained why she hates getting asked whether she’s Team Angel or Team Spike, a question she still gets asked. And a lot of people really don’t like her answer.

I don’t even want to go down the “They’re just characters. Why do you care so much?” route. You can care. Care until your heart hurts. But just because Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn’t think Buffy ends up with Spike, that is no reason to threaten her life. Because there’s no reason to threaten Sarah Michelle Gellar’s life.

I mean, maybe if she said Buffy should have ended up with Riley.

Okay, fine. Not even then.

(images: WB)

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