Buffy Art Historian: American Values

by Nandia Foteini Vlachou


ANYA: So I’ve been reading a lot about the good ol’ US of A, embracing the extraordinarily precious ideology that’s helped to shape and define it.

WILLOW: Democracy?

ANYA: Capitalism. A free market dependent on the profitable exchange of goods for currency. A system of symbiotic beauty apparently lost on these old people. Look at ‘em. Perusing the shelves. Undressing the merchandise with their eyeballs. All ogle, no cash. It’s not just annoying, it’s un-American.

GILES: Appalling. Almost as if they no longer think money can buy happiness.


season 5, episode 19, Tough Love (written by Rebecca Sinclair, created by Joss Whedon)

(artwork: John Trumbull, Declaration of Independence, 1817-1819, oil on canvas, 366 x 549 cm, United States Capitol, Washington)