Nev Schulman, host and executive producer of MTV’s Catfish, tends to say unfortunate things without thinking. He once posted a photo of himself in an “abuse-free” elevator with a message that admonished Ray Rice for domestic violence. Unfortunately for Schulman, Gawker then dug up some accounts of his expulsion from Sarah Lawrence College for punching a woman in the face. Schulman has always maintained that he acted in self-defense, and his representative said as much to Gawker. His account of that incident could be accurate, but his preachy elevator message still didn’t sit well.
Schulman has found himself in another messy social-media situation. He made a comment upon the #BlackGirlsRock special on BET by saying that, sure, these ladies rock. Then he added that they do “a lot” of catfishing too.
For those who aren’t aware of the catfishing phenomenon, Schulman was possibly implying that black women need to fake an identity to meet men online. For obvious reasons, folks weren’t pleased to hear the generalization.
Schulman later apologized for his insensitivity after being owned by a woman who explained why people find his tweet so offensive.
The Twitter user, who goes by Cici, received a great deal of attention after her response to Schulman. She wants the world to know she didn’t “slam” the guy but, rather, informed him.
Some skeptics aren’t into Schulman’s apology and feel he only walked back his words after feeling pressured.
Yet Schulman insists he learned a huge lesson from this debacle.