“Faking It” on MTV


Alright. Here’s my dilemma… I don’t know where to begin with this one. First off, I applaud MTV for once again showcasing the LGBT community on their network. Buuuuuuut, I am not too thrilled about how they showcased them.

The premiere/pilot of “Faking It” was just this past week.  As I was cruising the various stations on my TV tonight, I spot two girls kissing and immediately stop my channel surfing. I had to see the whole episode, so as the good dedicated lesbian that I am I went online and start watching it (you can watch it here – http://www.mtv.com/shows/faking_it/video/full-episodes/).

This show is basically about two BFF’s, Amy (Rita Volk, the blondie) and Karma (Katie Stevens, boy crazed brunette) who pretend to be lesbians to gain social acceptance at their super-tolerant high school (which oddly enough is in Texas, granted Austin is supposed to be super hip – so my bro says). Anyway, if I knew being a lesbian was so cool I would have come out a lot sooner! Jokes aside, in the world we live in today, and how far we’ve come with LGBT equality, it’s as if this show is going backwards. Helloooo, be yourself and you’ll get friends that way. Yes, let’s teach our youth to lie and pretend to be someone they aren’t just to fit in. Good message MTV! Wait, let me remember, it is MTV and majority of this station consists of bullshit.

Ok, calm down Katie, there’s still more to discuss.

I haven’t even gotten to the hunky teenage boy who Karma undresses with her eyes every time she sees him. But wait, you’re supposed to be a lesbian, Karma… ugh, so confusing! Anyhow, it’s clear that Amy hates the entire set-up and doesn’t like “faking it” but does what makes her BFF happy. How sweet is she? I can already sense the “Oh shit, I’m a reeeeal lesbian and I’m going to fall in love with my best friend” situation. Anyone else feel that, too? It’s a given. MTV you can hire me now ;)

Long story short, Amy and Karma decide to keep going with the fake lesbian spiel and run for home-coming queens since now they are oh so “popular”. HA, it’s about to get cray! Cue Lauren, all high on her traditions and old-school ways, overhears the girls and how they’re making everyone believe they’re lesbians to fit in. Home-coming speech time comes around and BAM, Lauren blows those fake masks right off


Wait for it...
Wait for it…
Mhmm, I was sold here too.
Mhmm, I was sold here too.

Sealed with a kiss. The crowd goes wild.

Amy once again comes to the rescue of her dear BFF Karma and plants one right on her. And there you have it… the fakers successfully steal the show. Hmm, but that Amy… after that kiss… you know she was feeling more than she thought she would. Of course. One of them had to or this show wouldn’t exist.


The Real World: San Diego

(Top L to R – Frank, Sam, Priscilla, Nate. Bottom L to R – Ashley, Zach, Alexandra)

Who doesn’t love a little reality TV in their lives? Especially a show that purposely puts people who are completely different together JUST to watch them get into it? For years I have watched this show off and on and it seems that in every season they have an LGBT person in the mix. So this season I was curious, once again, to know who it was going to be.

First we have Frank Sweeney who was described by MTV as a “whirlwind of emotions” and “master of manipulation”. He is openly bisexual and has stated that he hooks up with anyone willing. Personally, I think he is more on the gay side. Females view him as more of a “best friend” type rather than a boyfriend. If you watch you’d know what I’m talking about. Seems he is still struggling with his sexual identity.

Then we have Samantha (Sam) McGinn who self-described herself as a “stud lesbian” and a “girlfriend stealer”. When I first saw her I thought maybe she could be transitioning, but it seems she is just very butch. She comes across as being very confident and comfortable in her skin.

As happy as I am that the LGBT community is being represented, I feel as though it’s always stereotypical. Especially with the lesbians. Almost always it’s more butch than it is feminine. They’ve casted bisexual girls, but really they are just girls who get drunk and make out with other girls. I don’t ever remember seeing a “lipstick” lesbian on the show. We do exist people! :) I would just like to see all areas represented. Ya know?

Tune in and watch. I think this is going to be an interesting season for sure!