Janet Mock, trans women advocate and founder of the #girlslikeus campaign, expressed similar feelings as she live tweeted along with the episode.
“Still scratching my head over this #catfish episode: Cis lesbian poses as trans for 4 years, attracts guy dating her b/c she pays his bills?
There was just something about watching awkward or super confident young adults try to navigate the obstacles of the show to attempt to meet someone they clicked with.
I loved the terrible scripted dialogue, relished the extra juicy moments, and couldn’t stop hate-watching the people who were total jerks…
” @janetmock “I hate that young people watching this show are being consistently misinformed about trans people.” @janetmock“So far, trans people have been discussed in two episodes of Catfish, a show that mainly covers “deception” in online relationships.
This is dangerous territory when covering the lives of trans people because often we’re dangerously dismissed and accused of “deceiving” people in relationships, and this framing of our lives leads many people to think that the violence trans women specifically face in relationships is justified because we weren’t forthcoming about our gender identity.
The show’s producers couldn’t even be bothered to Google “transgender identity,” and, as a result, many viewers may have walked away from that episode with harmful misconceptions. Or do the letters LGBT add an extra layer to online dating disasters? As always, please read the comments policy before leaving your comments below!
The parents would pick two other candidates for their kid to date instead of their current partner.