Gay men are sometimes dishonest in their online profiles. Go ahead and take a moment to process this earth-shattering revelation. Yet some people are so
desperate hopeful to find Mr. Right that they overlook all the signs that their online beaus might not be the dreamboats they claim to be. These folks can thank God and Google for Nev Shulman and his MTV series Catfish. Inspired by his acclaimed 2010 documentary about his own experience with online liars, Shulman’s weekly series helps out other people who refuse to believe the old adage about things that are too good to be true.
For example, take Anthony, a former military man who was wounded during the Iraq war. Now living in Texas, he began to isolate himself from anyone who reminded himself of the hardships he encountered in Iraq. Eventually Anthony met “Marq” online, began to open up and soon fell in love.
Anthony even traveled to Mississippi to meet his beloved, who, as fate would have it, was involved in a terrible traffic accident their rendez-vous. Anthony smelled a rat, suspected he was being “catfished” (yes, it’s now a verb) but wasn’t ready to move on.
“I can tell him stuff that I can’t tell anybody, and he does the same to me, and I’ve really never had that type of relationship with another person,” Anthony says. “I just don’t wanna give up that easy.”
To preserve his sanity and pride, Anthony reached out to Shulman to find out the real identity of his cyber paramour.
Watch the full episode here. Share your online catfish stories in the comments section.