Looks like Deadspin is going to have some help looking into this whole Manti Te’o hoax mess. ‘Catfish’ Producer Nev Schulman tweeted that he will be looking into the hoax and will get the truth. Damn, I hope someone does!
Check out what he had to say to MTV about the situation and his tweet after the jump…
*TWEET ABOVE IN GALLERY*
According to MTV:
As the story develops, it’s difficult to ignore a growing chorus of online commenters (and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick) who surmised, simply, that Te’o got “Catfished.” So MTV News spoke to Nev Schulman, the star of MTV’s “Catfish” series, which premiered in November, to get his take on the situation. Though some might wonder just how a star athlete could end up being duped to this degree, well, Schulman will be the first to tell you that it’s a lot easier than you’d imagine.
“My reaction is, quite frankly, no different from my reaction on the show. It doesn’t really change anything for me that this victim is a high-profile football player. I think it can and obviously does happen to anyone,” Schulman said. “When you make a connection with someone online, oftentimes it feels a little limited, but also safe. And people, strangely, are more comfortable sharing information about themselves sometimes with strangers online, simply because it’s someone who is outside of their normal circle of friends, much in the same way you share things with a therapist. People get very close with these online friends.
“I very much got sucked into a relationship — it wasn’t my intention, but it happened to me — and it happens slowly over time,” he continued. “And, of course, when you read an article all at once where it reveals all these stories and all these details, it seems crazy, but in the process of it, as it happens very slowly, things don’t seem so crazy. And then, of course, when you look at it all in one snapshot, it does sort of seem kind of unbelievable.”