A Friendly Lie

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A Friendly Lie

My name's not really Kate.

Blogger Kate
Date Posted July 24th, 2007
URL youtube.com
Forum 46|3=lg15}}
Length 2:24
Description This was a really difficult video for me to make but I just had to get it off my chest.
Location(s) Kate and Charlie's flat
YouTube Tags KateModern Kate Lonelygirl15
Production Credits
Executive Producer(s) Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried
Co-Executive Producer(s) Joanna Shields and Amanda Goodfried
Associate Producer(s) Cristy Coors Beasley
Series Producer(s) Pete Gibbons
Production Manager Kelly Brett
Production Co-Ordinator Claire Finbow
Director(s) Miles Beckett and Gavin Rowe (BigBalls Films)
Head Writer Miles Beckett
Vidplay Miles Beckett, Luke Hyams, Yumiko Aoyagi, and Mesh Flinders
Story Miles Beckett, Luke Hyams, Yumiko Aoyagi, and Mesh Flinders
Editor(s) Sam Rowland, Gavin Rowe (BigBalls Films), and Luke Hyams
Production Services Sniffer Ltd.
Kate Alexandra Weaver
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A Friendly Lie is the fourth webisode in the KateModern video series.


Kate: Hi! It's me, Kate. Erm, so I'm really happy that you liked my art videos. Ummm, it's my birthday coming up soon and I'm a Virgo, liiiiiike, Mother Theresa, Tolstoy and Goethe. Little known fact! They all won the Nobel Prize. Pretty Cool.

(The screen flashes to a shot of what look like bacteria under a microscope for a second.)

Kate: Have you ever lied to your friends? You have, haven't you?

(Screen flashes to bacteria again.)

Kate: ...Or am I the only one? Little things, like telling someone her bum doesn't look big in skinny trousers. Orrrrr how about telling a friend you're five minutes away when really you haven't left home. That's...a friendly lie, right?

(Screen flashes to bacteria again.)

Kate: What if it's something...bigger than a friendly lie?

(Screen flashes to extreme closeup of some maggots for half a second.)

Kate: A lie so big that every time you open your mouth it multiplies.

(A number of shots showing the bacteria and then a maggot riddled burger in a gutter.)

Kate: And before you know it, you are infested with lies.

(Clearer shot of the burger.)

Kate: My name's not really Kate. Well, I mean, it's what my friends call me, but-I know what you're thinking, but I didn't have it planned out...Or did I? I don't mean to be dishonest to the people I care about, it's just that this lie has been around longer than I've known them. When I first met Charlie she asked me my name...and I said Kate. The problem is, the moment I told Charlie my name was Kate, thats who I've been ever since. She's introduced me to her friends...in fact I'm seeing somebody and...he thinks I'm Kate too...and I really like him.


  • The reason few people know Kate's "fact" is that it is untrue. Neither Tolstoy nor Goethe won a Nobel Prize. Goethe had been dead for nearly 70 years when the prizes were created.
  • After this video was posted, Charlie posted a comment on her bebo account, saying "Right now I am wondering what the heck is up with 'Kate'." Also, Tariq left Kate a comment saying not to phone him. He would phone her when he was ready.
  • It was eventually revealed in Birthday Surprise that Kate's real name is Genevieve.