MTV surprised us all this week when they released the Faking It pilot online for a short—and feverish—48 hours. The new show, slated for the Tuesday night teen crowd, tells the story of best friends Amy and Karma, who pretend to be lesbians in order to reach maximum popularity at their liberal Austin, Texas, high school.
Yeah, I know how that premise sounds, so it’s no wonder the show is stirring up controversy. Most of the Faking It buzz on the web lately has centered around whether the show is doing a service or disservice to the LGBT community.
My opinion? It’s doing us a great service. Read on for my arguments as to why Amy, Karma, and their story are helping visibility and the LGBT cause.