When advertisements for Faking It started making their way across the web early this year, lesbian eyebrows everywhere were raised. A show about two straight girls pretending to be gay in order to become more popular? MTV could keep their tokenistic queer-baiting to themselves, thank you very much.
But the doubters turned out to be wrong. In the show, best friends Amy and Karma certainly do pretend to be lesbians at their progressive Austin high school where the outcasts are the cool kids. But their plan goes awry when Amy actually falls for Karma.
And that's where the show gets interesting. Far from being an offensive cliché, it actually serves as something of a clever inversion of a regular coming out story. Even so, Faking It has hit the big time in the US, but Australian lesbians are yet to catch on en masse. Here's why we should: