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Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Charisma Carpenter speaks out on show’s ‘cultural reset’ after claims of ‘toxic’ work environment

Charisma Carpenter has spoken out about a Buffy the Vampire Slayer ‘cultural reset’, 24 years after the show first aired.

The actress, who played Cordelia Chase in the supernatural drama between 1997 and 1999 and then went on to portray the same character in spinoff Angel between 1999 and 2004, made no secret of how she felt about working on the show after a writer fan tweeted about the programme.

Tweeting an image of the iconic cast on Wednesday, writer Evan Ross Katz wrote: ‘BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER premiered 24 years ago today, effectively resetting the culture.’

Following on from his post, Charisma, 50, shared: ‘Hopefully, a cultural reset twice?

‘The second reset generated by the very women who breathed life into the characters created on the page. Ironically.’

She added: ‘We benefit greatly as a society when we continue to evolve by becoming more inclusive + more empathetic toward each other. Also when basic checks and balances are honored in the workplace.’

 

 

The star has previously spoken out about show creator Josh Whedon, who she claimed ‘abused his power on numerous occasions’, while working on the series.

In a long statement on social media, Charisma alleged last month: ‘For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day.

‘Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.

‘The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at times, destructively.’

Charisma has previously spoken out about her time on the show (C. Carpenter)
The star took her time to come out with her allegations (C. Carpenter)

She referred to fellow actor Ray Fisher, who publicly accused Joss of ‘abusive and unprofessional behaviour toward the cast and crew during reshoots of the Justice League set in 2017’, saying she felt sad to hear the news.

On how she felt at the time, she continued: ‘Back then, I felt powerless and alone. With no other option. I swallowed the mistreatment and carried on. After all, I had a baby on the way, and I was the primary breadwinner of my growing family. Unfortunately, all this was happening during one of the most wonderful times in new motherhood. All that promise and joy sucked right out.

‘And Joss was the vampire.’

Charisma went on to state she was saddened that people were forced to stay quiet about mistreatment in the workplace in a bid to save their jobs and added that it took her a long time and a lot of courage to speak out publicly.

Following on from her tweet this week, the star’s fans showed their support, with one writing on Twitter: ‘I’ve been thinking about this. I was 7 when Buffy started.

‘I grew up seeing those amazing women on TV, and ironically, you all taught me to be the kind of woman to stand up to Joss and men like him now I’m 30. Thank you for doing that, and continuing to do that.’

Whedon has not yet addressed the allegations against him.

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