By now you’ve probably heard the premise of Faking It: Two best friends pretend to be lesbians in order to gain popularity at their ultra-tolerant high school. And based on that premise alone, you may already feel offended. Fair enough, since the concept of pretending to be an oppressed minority in order to access some supposed societal advantage has given us some of our worst cultural artifacts (apparently I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is the most heinous offender in this category). It’s also just sort of dizzying to contemplate that in 2014, in the wake of an epidemic of gay teen suicides, this show doesn’t feel completely outrageous.
More than anything else, that speaks to the tolerance divide in this country, which is nearly as stratified as wealth. And we’ve yet to see a show capture the surreal experience of navigating this world of evolving values. Combine these sensitive cultural issues with high school drama and you could end up with either a saccharine mess (latter days Glee) or a black-hearted satire (Heathers) but Faking It is neither. It’s so of the moment that it might actually be a little before “the moment.” It’s like a sriracha donut; sweet and spicy combined in a way unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
"I think [people assume I’m gay] because I will do songs and I’ll talk about women, and also, there was such a big trend of people being fake bisexuals. I don’t know what that was about. Like, “I’m such a bisexual woman,” and I’d be like, “But you had boyfriends your whole life; you’re not gay. Why are you pretending to be? What’s with that?” I know I talk about women a lot, and I think women are beautiful and I like talking about them, but I didn’t want people to misconstrue that and think that I was being a fake lesbian. It wasn’t a, “Don’t think I’m gay,” but more so me being like, “Hey, I’m not a fake lesbian.” Straight’s cool too, you know! It’s almost like gay nowadays is so trendy that people want to be gay and then they don’t. I’m not gay. I love gay people, but I’m straight. I don’t wanna kiss girls. I’m not into girls. I appreciate women, and I like rapping about them, but in case you thought I was a lame person pretending to be gay, um, I’m not."
The movie deals with the complex friendship of two young women: One gay, one straight.
In Life Partners, Paige (Community’s Gillian Jacobs) and Sasha (Leighton Meester) are enmeshed, co-dependent best friends at the crux of their own existential crises. Both women are nearing 30 (you know, the age where everything wonderful ceases to exist) and have settled into a sort of comfortable ennui with each other. Paige is a moderately successful lawyer and a bit of a control freak, while Sasha wastes away at a boring desk job despite her music degree and uber supportive parents.
The hottest couple on the Brazilian telenovela has yet to kiss, and the network may be to blame.
AfterEllen readers from around the world wrote in asking us to continue “Clarina” coverage and I, for one, am thrilled to oblige. Although modern in many ways, Brazil is still a country rooted in Catholic tradition. Em Familia’s lesbian storyline is a groundbreaking step forward in gay normalization and acceptance. Over the last month Marina and Clara’s relationship has deepened, but fans are still concerned whether a kiss between a lesbian and a married woman will be aired in Brazil.
During the April 13 episode of Em Familia, Clara and Marina’s sexual tension reached new, dizzying heights. Clara and Marina exchanged longing glances and veiled caresses while dancing to “The Way You Look Tonight” in a gorgeous, bittersweet scene that left fans speechless. Several AE readers wrote that wrote that Marina and Clara’s dance was the best Em Familia scene yet, and one of the most moving televised gay moments they’d ever seen.
This week’s episode of Hannibal begins with an unappetizing scene. Though, sadly, this time it’s not one of Doctor Hannibal Lecter’s fine-plated gourmet tartars from the Rolodex of preserved human meat he keeps handy. Instead it’s a gruesome scene in a barn where there’s a dead horse with a dead woman inside of it. Fair warning: There are plenty of squeamish moments involving animals in this episode. (However no horse or sheep were injured.)
A mystery is unraveling and the Three Musketeers, Dr. Lecter, Will, and Jack are at the front of the haystack. Who’s responsible? Is it Hannibal? A copycat? Oh, and who’s Margot?
Watch Now! Angel Haze’s video for “No Bueno”
Pansexual rapper Angel Haze employed several different people to stand-in for her in the new video for her song “No Bueno.” Among the cast of characters is out actress/writer/performer Gina Young, who is no stranger to rapping. Team Gina forever!
Sarah dresses up as Cosima to face Rachel…and gets a kiss from Delphine.
The Boston-based country singer is one of the most talented in this year’s competition, and that’s not my lady-loving bias, that is straight from the mouth of Adam Levine. My bias comes in when I say, HOW IS SHE SO HOT?! If you haven’t tuned in yet this season, or ever before, now is your time. Seems Kristen is positioned to win the entire competition with her pop-country swagger, fast vibrato and have I mentioned how energetic, personable and seriously, the hot thing? Now all she needs is votes, which I think we can handle. I for one am not opposed to breaking out the puffy paint to go to town on some T-shirts. Team Merlin is on the prowl.
The final few days of voting were fraught!
Plus Abby Wambach on not being an LGBT spokesperson and more.