The host of MTV’s #1 show Catfish, Nev Schulman, has a new book out called In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age. Schulman claims to be the victim of a deceptive online romance which inspired his 2010 documentary, also called Catfish, which inspired the show. He coined the term Catfish to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship.
Schulman waited until his book was available to tweet a provocative selfie on Twitter. The photo is of Schulman in the corner of an elevator with the caption: “Cowards make me sick. Real men show strength through patience & honor. This elevator is abuse free.” Besides getting some heat for making light of NFL player Ray Rice’s act of violence against his wife in an Atlantic City elevator, Schulman is being slapped with an extra dose of criticism because he has his own history of violence. While a junior at Sarah Lawrence College, Gawker reports that Schulman punched a young woman in the face while trying to take her photograph at a dance. (She was kissing another woman and didn’t give him approval.) Schulman said he was forced to defend himself. He was expelled from the college.