11:47 pm - 03/15/2013

How fake is Catfish???

At this point, no one actually thinks they are watching reality when they’re watching a reality show.

As an earlier post pointed out, Catfish: The TV Show, unlike Catfish: The Movie, appears to be just another reality show that obfuscates the truth during production. Because whatever airs does not representing the events that actually took place.

Hollywood.com got the victims of the online Catfish to break whatever confidentiality agreement is in place and reveal just how the show is produced and just what lies are told during the broadcast.
To begin, an overview for those unfamiliar with the show: it’s about the pitfalls of online dating, taking credulous 20-somethings who know how to Skype but purportedly don’t know how to Facebook stalk or reverse look-up believing the lies told by an unknown paramour who represents themselves one way online and another in person. The show claims the lovelorn person contacts the hosts about their love interest with the request to reveal the truth and facilitate a meeting.
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And according to Hollywood.com, that’s literally exactly what happens. The show is lying about lovelorn people making the approach. This is how it actually works: The show IS reverse-engineered, with producers putting out casting calls for Catfish who reveal themselves to producers and agree to meet the “victim” before filming ever takes place. The victim has no idea, about the show or the Catfish’s identity, and gets a call out of the blue asking if they’ve ever been deceived by online dating.

First-hand accounts from catfish victims under the cutCollapse )


People in other posts have asked how this show works, but really it's just an excuse for people to share their own catfish stories
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nevarsuomaf 16th-Mar-2013 04:17 am (UTC)
It's obviously fake with those weird love-y messages they show in each episode. Who writes that shit?
x_brittacular 16th-Mar-2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Idk, I see a lot of delusional teens in long distance relationships screen capping their lovey dovey texts that are just like the shit shown in the show.
liebestorys 16th-Mar-2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
but those messages are most likely some of the real stuff.
loaded___gun 17th-Mar-2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
haha yeah and everybody exchanges messages on their iphone/gchat but you see them on the show with flip phones and you know something is up
tamings 16th-Mar-2013 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm just here for the hosts
bee_xx3 16th-Mar-2013 04:22 am (UTC)
The entire premise of this show makes me irrationally angry. There is no reason in this day and age to be duped in an online relationship (looks wise anyway). You fucking insist on skyping and if they adamantly refuse or ~don't have a webcam~ there's your first red flag.
arielcharming 16th-Mar-2013 04:29 am (UTC)
lol seriously.

But I also think a bunch of the stories are fake. I'm sure there are real stories but the episode I half watched seemed fake as fuck.
kurtvonnegut 16th-Mar-2013 04:56 am (UTC)
lol i totally agree. maybe it's just because of my familiarity with the internet but i don't get how you can't tell when someone is being shady.
hope_remains 16th-Mar-2013 06:12 am (UTC)
It's not the premise of this show that makes me angry. It's the execution. Catfishing is, imo, an UNBELIEVABLY interesting subject, psychologically. Why catfishers do it, why catfishees deny the truth when they realize what's going on. I wish they would delve more into that, rather than just the ~drama~.

It's just so fascinating. And beyond that, I wish it was more clear that average, intelligent people catfish (and get catfished) every day, and have been for the past 2 decades. But unfortunately, those people would never go on TV talking about that shit. Only trashy people would. And that's why it's a common misconception that catfishers and catfishees are generally trashy, when I don't think that's the case in most scenarios.
bee_xx3 16th-Mar-2013 06:22 am (UTC)
I think a True Life ep delving into it would have been interesting tbh.
sorryeden 16th-Mar-2013 06:57 am (UTC)
This would've worked in the early 2000s tbh.
littlelauren86 16th-Mar-2013 08:24 am (UTC)
That is true. I insist on Skype now. Although skype can hide a big thing -- a man's height.

I was talking to a guy, and his pictures were a little suspect, so I asked to skype and we did. Then when we met, I figured out what he was hiding: he was shorter than me and was balding. Nice guy, just not attracted to him.
colorstoobright 16th-Mar-2013 04:23 am (UTC)
i heard of this show awhile back, and i seriously thought it was about dudes catching catfish. i had no idea it was about something else entirely.
arielcharming 16th-Mar-2013 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm so happy I don't have a catfish story to share.
fwee_prower 16th-Mar-2013 04:29 am (UTC)
i'm here for that pic

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britneys 16th-Mar-2013 04:31 am (UTC)
That's kind of what I assumed was the case.

I'm more curious about the Mhissy mhess now, though. I wonder if she acted as the man when she answered the casting call?
__aplysia 16th-Mar-2013 04:37 am (UTC)
whatever happened to that one show where B list celebs met up with their "haters" and dared them to say shit to their faces?
ediesedgwick 16th-Mar-2013 04:39 am (UTC)
H8rs? The CW cancelled it after a few eps
williammiller 16th-Mar-2013 06:30 am (UTC)
lol that show was on the CW and only last like two or three episodes lol.
kwikimart 16th-Mar-2013 04:38 am (UTC)
I will never get over Mhissy, she was something else

ediesedgwick 16th-Mar-2013 04:40 am (UTC)
She should host next year's reunion

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kwikimart 16th-Mar-2013 04:52 am (UTC)
And she should bring a flower for all the guests
bad_situation 16th-Mar-2013 04:39 am (UTC)
I don't really care if it's fake or not, I'm watching because it's interesting and Max could get it.
euphaeidae 16th-Mar-2013 04:39 am (UTC)
How can anyone think this show is real? I mean lbr... You've been talking to some dude/girl for 16 months on FB and they've been dodging the shit out of you and all of a sudden some stranger calls your love interest out of the blue and they're ready to get face to face?

(idk if that made sense... I am high as fuck on pain meds and muscle relaxers b/c I'm sick and pain is kicking my ass.)

Edited at 2013-03-16 04:41 am (UTC)
runningwild 16th-Mar-2013 04:43 am (UTC)
So when Max and Nev called ~Ceanna~ to get more info about Mike Handston-Davis, they knew they were talking to Mhissy? And Mhissy had to pretend to be Ceanna even though she's the one who contacted MTV first? Man fuck this stupid ass show.
euphaeidae 16th-Mar-2013 04:50 am (UTC)
That's how I'm interpreting this. To me, it sounds like they've already gotten all the research and the only one possibly still in the dark is the Catfishee?
swissbeauty23 16th-Mar-2013 04:43 am (UTC)
It's obviously pretty fake, but I still enjoy the campiness.
__yourlovely 16th-Mar-2013 04:45 am (UTC)
I knew this show was misleading from the start because a couple I used to follow on tumblr that was helping out with casting basically said that MTV was looking for people who want to come clean about being a fake.

x_brittacular 16th-Mar-2013 05:03 am (UTC)
that's how it was for 16 and Pregnant. they had ads in the paper.
haverchuck_bill 16th-Mar-2013 11:55 am (UTC)
lol. I don't imagine too many 16 year olds reading the paper.
liebestorys 16th-Mar-2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
but that was public, they weren't keeping it a secret
underdog_ontop 16th-Mar-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
lol i prevented my roommate from being catfished. he claimed this dude was a NASA scientist, lived in an amazing mansion and was going to pay for everything for my roommate etc. poor dumb kid asked no questions.
kurtvonnegut 16th-Mar-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
awww lol. i hate to say it but people who get catfished are usually really stupid lol
nervous 16th-Mar-2013 05:08 am (UTC)
lol yup
aujourlejour 16th-Mar-2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
he's getting his anesthesiology degree online!!!
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