I'm not sure I agree completely with this statement. Buffy is the Slayer and it's her calling to save the world. But the rest of the Scoobies didn't have this duty, they willingly put their lives at risk by helping Buffy. They gave her something that other slayers didn't have and that's why they died young, Buffy had a group of people fighting by her side.Otherwise, if we go by seasons 1-6, I can say she was a better friend to them than they were to her many times. Especially when they gang up on her to vent their frustrations & blame her for everything.
The only person I can understand helping out Cordelia in Homecoming would be Xander. Willow is a different story. It was out of character for her. Oz could've stood up to Willow.so they in turn weren't great to her; like 'Homecoming', for example.
But, isn’t it because of the type of fight that they are facing? The circumstances are different from past threats. The First wants to wipe out the Slayer’s line and it has been doing a great job at killing potentials. It’s an enemy that can get to anyone through their insecurities and fears. In S7, I see Buffy scared and tired, reacting to what she’s facing. And not only that, but suddenly she’s also responsible of a group of scared girls, she has to train them and keep them safe.Season 7 was when Buffy started to not be a good friend. She went from wanting to sacrifice herself so she could help people to wanting to sacrifice people. She went from valuing her friends' opinions to not caring about them.
I think that Buffy is somewhat entitled when it comes to relationships, including friendships. I never understood why she kept people out all the time. I mean, the Scoobies are literally putting their lives on the line for her. They’ve gone through so much together and she still uses the “they don’t understand” speech? I get that as seasons go by, the Big Bads are scarier and S7 is particularly difficult. But still, I don’t understand why she doesn’t trust them.I don’t say that I agree with everything she does. She takes the “general” role to an extreme (for instance, during Chloes’ suicide). But I think that she’s having a very difficult time this season. We don’t get smart-ass sassy Buffy anymore, we get dead serious general Buffy. I think that it's difficult to be a great friend when you're under this much pressure.
I thought they were all mad at each other in the Yoko Factor. They didn't gang up on Buffy in that episode.I can say she was a better friend to them than they were to her many times. Especially when they gang up on her to vent their frustrations & blame her for everything. Yoko Factor come to mind here.