VIDEO – Why is MTV’s ‘Catfish’ TV show called Catfish?
          


In 2010 Catfish, a documentary film called by Nev Schulman, became all the rage because of it’s skillful presentation of Nev’s journey to find the woman he thought he had fallen in love with on Facebook. Not only was he excited to see this woman, Megan, who he had feelings for, but he’d gotten to know a lot about her family; especially Megan’s younger sister Abbey, who is supposed to be a painting prodigy.

When Nev arrives in Michigan to meet them all he doesn’t find Megan at all, but instead a married 40-year-old woman named Angela who had made up the whole cast of characters. After the movie came out, Nev was greeted with a flood of emails and messages from people who are going through similar online romances, and they desperately want to find out what’s true and what’s real about their cyber relationships. Soon afterward he started filming Catfish the television show, which was picked up by MTV, and has not been running for two weeks. It’s utterly fascinating and addicting, and even though from the beginning you can tell something’s not right about the unknown person in the relationship, it’s still a suspenseful and emotional ride. At the end, even when there is disappointment, and we’re 2-for-2 on disappoint so far, there’s relief that the truth is finally out.

Catfish is now accepted jargon for someone pretending to be someone they’re not online for romantic purposes, but that’s not what it meant when they named the movie that. Where does the Catfish term come from?

When Nev was visiting with Angela and her husband Vince, Vince tells them a story about a problem when live cod were shipped to Asia from North America, and the flesh ended up gross and mushy from inactivity. In order to keep the cod active, according to Vince’s story, the fisherman started putting catfish in with the cod to nip at their tails and keep them active. Vince implies that Angela is like those catfish because life would be “dull and boring if we didn’t have someone nipping at our fins.”

Vince’s story comes from a tradition of Christian writers, with the earliest known version by Henry W. Nevinson, who wrote essential the same story in an essay called “The Catfish” in his 1913 book Essays in Rebellion.

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    • http://twitter.com/toni_ROTTEN Bebe

      I caught the first two episodes….these people are just plain dumb. You haven’t met the person, you get one or two public pics from a facebook or myspace, the other makes excuses left and right not to meet….oh that sounds totally real and not at all suspicious!!! Not to mention, if you don’t trust what the other person is telling you, did you ever have a real relationship to begin with?

      • Ashley

        Agreed! Everybody has skype. Everybody. If they’re making excuses/saying they don’t have skype, they’e probably fake. How do you now know?

        • http://www.facebook.com/crazyoneforfive Lisa Chamberlain-Vehige

          Lisa Chamberlain-Vehige•5 minutes ago

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          I like the show, and for whatever reason a person who meets somebody online looking for friendship or romance; and for whatever reason doesn’t want to skype or meet in person, yes maybe a person should be a little carefull of the unknown…but just because the other person didn’t want to see these signs of dishonesty….Doesn’t give the right to call the stupid or dumb. How many of us had friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, and family…Get let down by dishonesty..If you think about it, most people get way more hurt because you have opened yourself, your home, your heart, your money, your body, your life and yet, you didn’t have to skype because they were already in person and you still got screwed over…does that make you stupid or dumb too? Bebe or Ashly the comment queens before me, maybe it’s called living life to, the fullest, taking chances, and yes it’s better to be honest but for we fall for these discrepencies, we are not dumb, we aren’t afraid to feel needed, wanted, important, special, or maybe just not to be lonely anymore. Who are any of us to judge a person, especially over opening up our hearts to what feelings we want and need in life.

          • Ashley

            I didn’t once say it made someone dumb. But thanks for assuming a butt load of stuff about me adn my life. You have to admit it’s pretty naive to carry on with someone online for YEARS without any proof that they’re real. There’s taking a picture with a sign with your name in it. Skype. etc. Yes, you can get hurt a bunch of ways, but you can also make wise and smart choices. Your writing is very unclear, so I’m not sure I understood that part of your speech,

      • http://www.facebook.com/crazyoneforfive Lisa Chamberlain-Vehige


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        I like the show, and for whatever reason a person who meets somebody online looking for friendship or romance; and for whatever reason doesn’t want to skype or meet in person, yes maybe a person should be a little carefull of the unknown…but just because the other person didn’t want to see these signs of dishonesty….Doesn’t give the right to call the stupid or dumb. How many of us had friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, and family…Get let down by dishonesty..If you think about it, most people get way more hurt because you have opened yourself, your home, your heart, your money, your body, your life and yet, you didn’t have to skype because they were already in person and you still got screwed over…does that make you stupid or dumb too? Bebe or Ashly the comment queens before me, maybe it’s called living life to, the fullest, taking chances, and yes it’s better to be honest but for we fall for these discrepencies, we are not dumb, we aren’t afraid to feel needed, wanted, important, special, or maybe just not to be lonely anymore. Who are any of us to judge a person, especially over opening up our hearts to what feelings we want and need in life.

    • Kh

      I like the show! Yes, I wonder how they don’t know the other person is fake but I like the show a lot!

    • http://www.facebook.com/crazyoneforfive Lisa Chamberlain-Vehige

      I like the show, and for whatever reason a person who meets somebody online looking for friendship or romance; and for whatever reason doesn’t want to skype or meet in person, yes maybe a person should be a little carefull of the unknown…but just because the other person didn’t want to see these signs of dishonesty….Doesn’t give the right to call the stupid or dumb. How many of us had friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, and family…Get let down by dishonesty..If you think about it, most people get way more hurt because you have opened yourself, your home, your heart, your money, your body, your life and yet, you didn’t have to skype because they were already in person and you still got screwed over…does that make you stupid or dumb too? Bebe or Ashly the comment queens before me, maybe it’s called living life to, the fullest, taking chances, and yes it’s better to be honest but for we fall for these discrepencies, we are not dumb, we aren’t afraid to feel needed, wanted, important, special, or maybe just not to be lonely anymore. Who are any of us to judge a person, especially over opening up our hearts to what feelings we want and need in life.

 

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