February 11, 2005

Sometimes I think about two women doing a spell, and then I do a spell by myself

Gina took one look at that New York Times article about the history of lesbian kisses on television -- which in the print edition (and the original online edition) featured a photo captioned "On 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' Willow (Alyson Hannigan, left) and Tara (Amber Benson) kissed for the first time on the episode 'The Body.'" -- and said, That's not Tara!

Sure enough, as the outraged Amber Benson fans at Whedonesque point out, the Times accidentally used a photo of Willow with her second galpal, Kennedy. What's lost due to this mistake -- in addition to the last shred of journalistic integrity Jayson Blair managed not to destroy -- is several degress of hotness. No, seriously, given that the story is supposed to be about the relative boldness or lack thereof in showing girl-girl kissing, using the wrong photo here actually undercuts the story. Below is the photo that appeared in the Times, followed by an actual still from The Body, featuring a much more passionate smooch. (Click to enlarge)

willowkennedynyt.jpg willowtara.jpg

Of course, there are a couple of other ways the Times could've gone here.

An even hotter picture of Willow and Tara...

Or, if they really wanted to use Kennedy, they had a whole host of better choices.


Y'know, this might be a good time to mention that Cast of Shadows Contest #2 is still open.

Posted by Daniel Radosh

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