Good-Bye, Faking It: You Were Genuinely Revolutionary and Also Very, Very Problematic

So. Faking It got canceled.

This show is the reason I made this blog in the first place, and I used to do a recap every episode, to talk about the good and the bad the show was doing. But the show is exhausting, and I wasn’t enjoying myself, so eventually I stopped. I have still been watching the show, but slowly, usually ages after the episodes air. I caught up when I found out it was canceled, though, because I feel like I should come up with some closing thoughts.


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Oh, look! Finally! A recap of the second half of this season of “Faking It”!

There's too much happening here.

There’s too much happening here.

Faking It has reached its mid-season finale, and I am finally back to recap the last five episodes. I gave up around the middle of this half of the season because so much of the season felt like filler, and there was very little happening for me to talk about. The problem is that Faking It expects me to care about gimmicks way more than I do. Like, if you give me weird truth or dare to propel the plot, I’m gonna notice if it doesn’t make any sense, but if you create a vague dystopian game that the characters can incorporate into their emotional responses, I’ll go with the flow. The show also doesn’t get that I don’t want to see the characters going to great lengths to conceal things, because the show is best when it’s raw and real, when the characters actually DEAL with shit. Faking It thinks I care about the exact opposite of what I care about, and that means that there are very few moments in most episodes that I’m truly committed to.

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Introducing TV’s First Positive and Developed Intersex Character: “Faking It” 2×1 – “The Morning Aftermath”

Lauren's post on Inter/Act.

Lauren’s post on Inter/Act.

FAKING IT IS BACK, and is doing some really great things right off the bat. In case you haven’t heard yet, Lauren’s secret was revealed in the season premiere, and it seems like it is going to be handled really, really well. It turns out that Lauren is intersex. There have been several other intersex characters on television before, but they have been portrayed offensively and have never been a major character with an identity outside of the condition, according to this post. (This post can teach you about the specific condition that Lauren has.)

Apparently, MTV and the showrunners have been doing close work with Inter/Act Youth, a site which they show Lauren posting on during the episode, and they even held an Inter/Act workshop to educate the cast and crew. On MTV’s Faking It page you can also find a video about “9 Things You Need to Know about Being Intersex,” starring Bailey DeYoung, who plays Lauren, and an Inter/Act staff member. So far, the show has barely touched on the topic, but it looks like the conversation surrounding it will be as nonproblematic as possible, and this representation is monumental.

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