Black Twitter Explodes Over Long Game Catfish

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Does catfishing only involve dating or any kind of online identity lie? If the latter, we have a big catfishing story for you. Namely, one bisexual man has set Black Twitter aflame with his National Coming Out Day reveal.

For several years now, since about 2014, the Twitter account “emoblackthot” has been a staple of Twitter’s Black spaces. The account, which was allegedly owned by a bisexual Black woman named Nicole amassed several thousand followers, mostly women, and delivered regular self-care, skincare, and fandom advice. In terms of the latter, the account had become so prominent in its discovery of lesser-known talent that on the rise artists like Megan Thee Stallion were aware of the page.

But all of that blew up in Black Twitter’s face on Friday after 23-year-old Isaiah Hickland came out as the real owner of the account. Hickland made this revelation through a Paper magazine profile, in which he simultaneously came out to the world as bisexual.

“I fucked up and I lied, and I’m extremely sorry for it, but I want to take accountability for it and, hopefully, people will forgive me for that,” he tells the outlet. “But, if not, I get it. All the good, all the creatives I’ve helped, the GoFundMes I’ve boosted, to me, it means nothing [to me] because I lied. All that good is outweighed by the fact I’m hiding behind a facade.”

He then added:

“But it’s also my fault. I could’ve [handled this whole thing] better. I had good intentions, but I still hid behind an anonymous identity and hid who I was — I feel like I fucked up majorly.”

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As you can imagine, Twitter users didn’t take too kindly to being lied to for years.

While one should always take caution with anonymous people met on the internet, Twitter users had followed “emoblackthot” with the belief that it was run by a woman for years. Hickland had also crowdfunded under his “Nicole” persona while complaining about her menstrual cycle. Because of that, there were a lot of upset followers after Hickland’s reveal.

Stranger still, some Twitter users complained because they had been a part of female-focused group chats with Hickland under the guise of “Nicole.” In those “girl talk” group chats, personal information and even private nude photos were shared as a sort of encouragement attempt and body positivity experience.

“To black women: i want to sincerely apologize,” Hickland wrote in a now-deleted tweet after the backlash hit. “The intention of my actions doesn’t matter, the impact & how they make you feel does. i take full accountability for my actions and i’m sorry.”

While Hickland created a YouTube video titled “The Reveal / My Story,” to explain how “emoblackthot” was created and confess to being the person behind the account, he later deleted it. In addition, both the “emoblackthot” Twitter account and Hickland’s personal account were also deleted.

So, it seems that Hickland is taking a break from the internet for a while. And with all of the anger and upset feelings targeted towards him, perhaps that’s for the best.

Sources: Paper Magazine, Aazios, Out Magazine

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