Catfish: The TV Show

Elisa Moya, News

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Catfish [kat-fish] verb;

To pretend to be someone you’re not online by posting false information, such as someone else’s pictures on social media sites usually with the intention of getting someone to fall in love with you.

Teenagers want that feeling of love, that feeling of acceptance. We want to feel wanted, needed, loved. We grow a crush on a friend from down the street, the boy next door. But what happens when our love turns virtual?

Teenagers online are falling for all the wrong people. You know that account with that person that lives 3,000 miles away and seems like a normal teenager? You know that person might be fake? It might not, but the chance still exists. What we have here is serious. It has been going on for as long as we all know, but it was exposed in a 2010 documentary called “Catfish: The Movie,” starring Yaniv “Nev” Schulman.

Nev Schulman, an ordinary 24-year-old New York-based photographer was followed around by his filmmaking brother Ariel Schulman and his friend Henry Joost. They document the unfolding virtual love life story of Nev, and Megan Facio.

It starts when  little 8-year-old Abby from Michigan who contacts Nev via Facebook, asking permission to make a painting from one of his photographs. Abby and Nev instantly become friends hundreds of miles away. Nev sends photographs to Abby, in return Abby paints the photographs and sends them back to Nev. Nev then meets the “super sexy,” half sister of Abby online. He feels an instant connection with Megan and soon it turned into a relationship. When Megan sends a video of her singing, he realizes that the voice is from a pop singer. He begins to suspect that Megan is fake and tracks down Abby, only to find out the true painter of a painting from Abby is really a woman who gave up on her career to take care of her mentally retarded son.  Nev, finally meets Angela Wesselman-Pierce, who was the face behind Abby, and Megan. Nev is destroyed at the shocking news but finds it in his heart to forgive her and maintains a friendship with her.

After an emotional roller-coaster, Nev gets together with his filmmaking  pal Max Joseph, and together they go into a journey to bring together couples who’ve fallen in love but have never really met face to face. They offer advice and fly those people asking for help hundreds of miles away to meet their so called “soul mate,” and find out if they really are who they say they are or if they’re just “catfish.”

From the new MTV series, “Catfish: The TV show” is a thriller that will have you cursing those five-minute commercials to hurry up. They’re all based on true events, real people, and heartbreaking and heartwarming stories. I give this show a five star review. Reality TV shows rocks!

Like Angela’s husband said at the end of the documentary…  That some people are like “catfish” added to preserve the flavor of “codfish which otherwise would fade and become dull in a preserve. In other words, without people like Angela, the world would be boring.

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