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Not only did "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" boast a strong and flawed leading female character, but the show's social commentary continues to have an impact on today's culture.

During the fourth season of the long-running series, Willow (Alyson Hannigan) met Tara (Amber Benson) and came out as a lesbian. In a new interview, Benson said she is "honored" to be a role model to many in the Lgbt community for her portrayal of Tara on "Buffy."

"I very much feel like Alyson and I really got to knock on the glass ceiling, and say, 'Screw you, glass ceiling. We are going to knock you down,'" Benson told Hypable. "Just in the last 10 years, there has been such a leap forward. And I feel like we were helpful. We weren’t just making television -- we were doing social commentary."

Benson said "Buffy" "opened the door" to today's shows like "Glee" and "Modern Family. »

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