WATCH | A Deceptive Tale of Catfish on Facebook

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Not really…I made that part up because this story is one for the books that parents should use as an example to pay closer attention to who your children are making friends with on Facebook. A 24-year-old New York photographer Nev Schulman created a film called “Catfish” about a romantic relationship built on Facebook. The dude starts an online friendship with an 8-year-old Michigan artist named Abby after she painted one of his published photographs. Now that in itself would be a serious issue for the photographer. Her age should have sent a red flag and a pause to timeout to the filmakers before proceeding to make the and showing it at Sundance. The timing of this film could not have been released at the worst possible time with the Eddie Bishop long story and bullying our gay youth in the media….can we say poor timing. Dude is going to get a backlash of negative publicity particularily from parents who have little girls. I am just saying I am still concern about dude not researching the age of the little girl.

But what’s most interesting about Catfish isn’t that the Internet allowed a smart filmmaker to be bamboozled for months by a make-believe Michigan family. It’s that the Internet allowed him to figure it out, track them down and make a movie about it. Now what is really strange about this story and it gets stranger to me: The real girl in the photo learns about it through Facebook and brutally embarrasses him.

 WATCH | A Deceptive Tale of Catfish on Facebook

This story takes on a twist when criticism over its honesty and exploitative nature is unfold by 20/20.
Catfish is the story of 24-year-old New York photographer Nev Schulman, who begins an online friendship with an 8-year-old Michigan artist named Abby after she painted one of his published photographs. He sends her more photos which she turns into more paintings. Over the next few months, Nev eventually befriends her entire family and some of her friends—her mother Angela, her brother Alex, her babysitter Joelle, etc.—on Facebook, including Abby’s attractive 19-year-old half-sister Megan, with whom he embarks on a long-distance romantic relationship. Nev’s brother Ariel and friend Henry Joost—both filmmakers—decide to document this love affair. But once they realize that something is amiss with this family, the men all travel out to Michigan to confront Megan. What they discover is that while Abby is really Angela’s daughter, she is not the painter—Angela is. Also, there is no Megan. She, along with the other cast of over 20 characters have been meticulously created by Angela, stealing photos and profiles of other Facebook members. In the film, Angela says that these personalities are all fragments of her own personality, utilized as a way to escape from her own disappointing and stressful life, most of which involves being caretaker to her severely disabled twin stepsons. Catfish Filmmakers Get The Third Degree [Video] (jezebel.com)
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