From QWOC Media Wire
I didn’t catch this episode, but I did see another episode with a trans man and that was handled abysmally.
ok let me tell you something about this fucking Catfish show.
i went to college with the creator of the show/director of the original documentary that the show is based on, Nev Schulman. more so than just going to school with him, i was in a semester long class with him.
and. he. was. a. fucking. jackass.
he never did his work. as in EVER. like, we would be sitting in class, discussing whatever reading, and he would be sitting kinda in the corner, DOING THE READING WHILE HE WAS IN CLASS. and not even trying to hide it, which, would have been impossible anyway because there were only 7 or so people in the class. like, he’d be sitting there with a highlighter, highlighting stuff, underlining stuff, BARELY contributing ANYTHING to the conversation, and when he did it was such asinine, problematic shit everyone was left wishing he kept his mouth shut.
which, you know, those type of jackasses are a dime a dozen wherever you go. but not all of them physically assault queer women.
oh yes. from my recollection, there was a party or something going on, and the woman was making out with her girlfriend, when Nev walks up and WITHOUT PERMISSION BEGINS TAKING PICTURE OF THEM. she asks him to stop, things quickly escalate, i think maybe she might have tried grabbing at the camera, which is a perfectly understandable thing to do when you’re at a college party and some person unkown to you walks up and starts taking pictures of you and your partner sharing an intimate moment together, again, WITHOUT PERMISSION…..and he ends up punching her in the face.
i remember seeing the pictures she posted to facebook afterwards, her eye was bruised and swollen, and there was a cut on her nose. like, this was no bullshit punch, he pretty much fucked her up.
now normally a student would be automatically expelled for pulling such shit, but because his mom is on the board of trustees (go figure), they managed to pull some strings where i think he was able to finish the year out somehow; i know for sure he was allowed to still participate in the Spring Dance Concert, but that was with the rationale that him not being in it would negatively affect someone else’s grade, as the Spring Dance Concert was primarily a choreographic vehicle for the dance M.A. students.
i don’t fully recall this actually yes i do, that’s how i saw the picture of the woman’s face, but apparently he only faced discipline after SLC students started a letter writing campaign for him to face SOME kind of repercussion. and i’m betting because his mom was on the board that there’s very little evidence on the internet that talks about his violent past.)
furthermore, there’s evidence that his Catfish doc was a total fake, which, knowing him, doesn’t surprise me one bit.
so yeah. this transphobic bullshit is par for the course. fuck this guy, fuck his movie, and fuck his show. he is the definition of an entitled, overindulged jackass.