The host of MTV's show Catfish, Nev Schulman, makes a living off people using social media to do dumb things, but it would seem that even he is not immune to doing something questionable on his own Twitter account. Schulman decided to tweet a pretty racist generalization that pissed a bunch of people off during BET's Black Girls Rock, a night to celebrate young women of color and their contribution to the arts.
He has since deleted the tweet, but as Schulman of all people should know, once something is on the Internet, it exists forever through screenshots.
To accuse someone of "catfishing" is definitely is not a compliment. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (yes, this word is in the dictionary) a catfish is "a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes." Basically, to suggest someone is a "catfish" is to suggest that they are dishonest and manipulative.
One user, @melaninporn, decided to take the opportunity to
slam educate Schulman on why what he tweeted was offending so many people.
He said that he had learned his lesson, and he seemed genuinely sorry about the whole debacle.
This isn't the first time Nev Schulman has gotten the Internet up in arms over something he has done or said. Remember when he responded to the news of Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator by posting this self-righteous "abuse-free" selfie, but then people found out that he was expelled from Sarah Lawrence College for punching a woman in the face? He, of course, has since deleted the image.
Maybe he should take some of his own advice from the show and think a little harder before he posts.