On MTV’s new show Faking It, two girls, desperate to be popular at their new high school, are mistaken for lesbians in their first week. That proves to be a GOOD THING, as they’re living in the hipster haven of Austin, Texas, where the outcasts are the in-crowd, and the young Republicans are shamed for their conservative behavior. At Hester High, it’s cool to be gay. Within no time, they’re elected Homecoming Queens, and when they’re called upon to kiss at the coronation assembly, one of the girls realizes she might ACTUALLY be gay. It’s a ramped-up version of reality that The New York Times calls “genuinely subversive,” and Complex magazine says “could actually help change the game.” The way they’ve switched up the usual stereotypes might possibly allow for some really groundbreaking storytelling. For instance: The most popular guy in school is a big queen. The straight hunk is his best friend. There’s no weirdness there, they’re just friends. That’s pretty refreshing. The hunk (WOW favorite Gregg Sulkin) is trying to convert the lesbian, which is vaguely problematic, but as Complex points out,
it’s that moment of “oh shit” that crosses Amy’s face after she’s kissed her best friend that I will be tuning in for. Faking It isn’t perfect, but at least it’s letting other LGBT kids know that their struggles are real and that not every battle is the same.
Says showrunner Carter Covington to The Hollywood Reporter: “I had crushes on my friends [in high school] but could never express it, because I was in the closet. I started to think that a lot of people could relate to that experience of falling for someone, whether it’s your best friend or the guy who sits across from you in class, and wishing they had the same feelings for you that you had.”
Check out Faking It on MTV, Wednesday’s at 9. Oh, and here’s the hunk, Gregg Sulkin:
(Photo: Pacific Coast News)