‘Catfish’ host Nev Schulman apologizes following Black Girls Rock! tweet

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Catfish host Nev Schulman apologized on Twitter Thursday after an offensive tweet about Black Girls Rock! landed him in hot water.

The story started Tuesday evening, when the Black Girls Rock! award show was airing on BET and #blackgirlsrock was subsequently trending on Twitter. The show, hosted this year by Tracee Ellis Ross, highlights the achievements of women of color in everything from music to medicine.

The inciting tweet has been deleted, but in it Schulman wrote, “#BlackGirlsRock I totally agree. They also tend to #catfish a lot. Just sayin””

Screenshots of the tweet still exist:

Backlash for the tweet was swift and severe, and black celebrities were vocal in their disappointment: 

So after taking some time to reflect (and read DMs from thoughtful people like @melaninporn), the MTV host tweeted an apology early Thursday morning:

It may be too little too late, though. Fans on Twitter remain unimpressed by Schulman’s apology: 


Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.