But perhaps the cable giant has hit a new low with Faking It, a brand new original series that follows two straight high-school girls who pretend to be lesbians to boost their social status.
The “scripted comedy,” which is set to debut April 22, follows best friends Amy and Karma, who experience a huge dose of popularity after “coming out” as being in a relationship together. According to the first official trailer, the girls are misidentified as lesbians by a close gay friend, outed as such, and just decide to go along with it because they’re more popular as lesbians.
Nearly anyone with a modicum of sanity would find the plot offensive, but for some reason, BuzzFeed does not. In an exclusive interview this week, Faking It showrunner Carter Covington said initially “As a gay man, I told the network I was offended by that idea,” but later changed his mind.
According to Covington, exploiting sexuality for entertainment is alright because he once worked for The Trevor Project:
I had a caller one night who said, ‘I’m worried that my friends are only my friends because I’m gay.’ I was shocked. That idea seemed so foreign to me given the world I grew up in, but this kid explained that he went to a very tolerant high school where being gay was like a badge of honor. That’s when I realized there are schools out there where being gay is no longer a problem, and tolerance is viewed as an asset. It made me think Faking It could work if we set it a high school like that and had one of the girls actually have a crush on her best friend.
Still not sure how the addition of a love triangle makes this a good thing — maybe we’re missing something. Is it or is it not offensive to completely mock and trivialize the coming out process?
Sure, “times have changed,” according to Gregg Sulkin, the actor playing “Liam,” the third member of this complicated love triangle. But teens are still being bullied and harassed at school after coming out, and MTV is going to air some crap like this to get a big LOL and some viral gifs of women kissing?