They thought he was just some vaguely good-looking, otter-esque copywriter, complete with that obligatory ironic sense of humor and overextended social media presence.
But they soon came to realize Parks Denton was not a real person at all: Gay Twitter had just been hardcore catfished by someone who latched onto the handle @ParksDenton and sent out a flurry of DMs, befriending dozens of smitten gay men along the way. Today, everyone is reeling from the blow.
They trusted him. Conversed with him. Agreed to go out for drinks — even if he never showed up.
And then one day…
As you can see below, now everyone is freaking right the fuck out, and some devilish internet prankster – who’s out there, somewhere – is cackling with the most wanton abandon:
After further investigation…I just found out that…I too…was messaged by this Parks Denton catfish ? pic.twitter.com/3LcyhZdCeM
— Y'all got a T-Rex?? (@EmilioEmm) September 6, 2017
People were catfished by someone claiming their name was Parks Denton? pic.twitter.com/2nRovglHOz
— Stephen Games ???? (@StephenGamesXB1) September 6, 2017
— Kevin Savoie (@KevinTheWriter) September 6, 2017
— it's lambtime, binch (@julp) September 6, 2017
Ok nvm found the real person, who called out the evil twin days before Parks Denton was destroyed. pic.twitter.com/GJ6tCdskie
— Gabe Gonzalez (@gaybonez) September 6, 2017
— Tim Flynn Boyd (@0007666meckie) September 6, 2017
I think I was ??-ed tonight… Men are trash.
I ate (literal) ? pudding tho and now I feel better.
Deciding if I should out his @ or not ?
— Alexander M4Milton (@thedealwithalex) August 25, 2017
— Sam Herbst (@mrsamherbst) September 6, 2017
— Half-Pint (@HalfPintOfInnes) September 6, 2017
For a hilariously thorough investigation into the entire Parks Denton brouhaha, you can check out this meticulously researched New York magazine story.