People Are Still Getting Catfished Because Love Is an Elusive Chanteuse

Image screengrab via MTV
Image screengrab via MTV

Another season of Catfish is on the way, with a teaser that makes you wonder yet again how this show and these people still exists.


Then you remember, this is a show that relies on an urge for connection so strong and desperate that people will lie to themselves to hold onto it. Many, many catfish victims are still falling for fake online personas and willing to subject themselves to the national shame of reality TV. So long as there are naive people in the world who need love and have internet access, Nev and Max will have jobs.

While these Catfish subjects mostly appear genuine in their delusion, there’ve also been a few cons. In the teaser below, Nev and Max wonder if their latest subject, Shawny, is one of them and could possibly be trolling them.

“You’ve seen the show,” Max says to her. “There’ve been people who come on the show who claim to have never met the person that they ended up talking to but then it turned out that they knew them all along...I just want to give you an opportunity now to let us know if by any chance you know who this person already is who you’re talking to.”

They ask, “Are we being played?” But the question is, why aren’t they being played more? Ideally, every episode of Catfish would end with both the subject and the catfish screaming “Ahhhhh ha ha!” at Nev, but that’s probably a sign of tight production. In a piece published in 2014, Vulture broke down the behind the scenes, which includes the fun fact that most times it’s the catfish who makes first contact with producers. The show also reportedly fact checks to corroborate stories, and Nev and Max are often clueless through much of that process.

Culture Editor, Jezebel



I was at home, sick, yesterday and watched an episode of this show. In the show, the young woman who was being catfished was told, by the person catfishing her, that she was being catfished. The catfisher even sent her proof that she was catfishing. This young woman had thought for 10 years that she was talking to some guy and instead was talking to another woman. The kicker was that the catfisher sent the young woman proof of who she was, showing her that YES, YOU ARE TALKING TO A WOMAN AND NOT A MAN. And the young woman still went on the show claiming that she didn’t believe “the guy” and didn’t understand why “he” would send her photos of a woman and claim to be a woman. The whole time, I am just staring in disbelief, like sweetie you were informed of the truth and still chose to believe the lie. Like the woman confessed everything to you and YOU STILL needed Neve to come and break this down for you. In the end, it was true, the pictures that the catfisher had sent to her to prove that she was being catfished were indeed her real pictures.

People’s ability to believe in love is crazy. Clearly these people know, deep down, that the situation isn’t real but still choose to believe that it is until they receive absolute confirmation that it is not.