I’ve been watching a lot of Catfish and Suspect lately. They’re both shows on MTV and the plots are mostly focused on getting to the bottom of a situation. I’m pretty obsessed with the truth, so these shows are right up my alley. It’s easy to dismiss reality television as nonsense and garbage, but I don’t think all reality television is created equal. I’ve met a lot of people who revere documentaries and refuse to watch a minute of reality tv. Talk about pretentious. I’m happy to get my dose of real-life stories from MTV if that’s where the good stuff lives.
For those of you who don’t know, Catfish is a show that sets out to expose people who have lured others into bonding based on lies. To “catfish” someone is to convince them you are a person other than your true self and build a relationship based on that false persona. Sometimes people do it because they’re afraid of being themselves, sometimes they do it because they’re playing a cruel trick, and sometimes they just get caught in too many lies and can’t face the facts. But by the end of the show, the hosts figure it all out. It’s incredibly satisfying to see the truth rise to the top, like the feeling you get when you’ve been trying to dig a root out of the ground and it finally pulls free.
The show Suspect, led by one of the same hosts of Catfish, brings viewers that same satisfaction of uncovering a truth but does it through heartwarming stories between people who care about one another. Usually, one person is worried about the other and they’re using the show to figure out what they can do to help. There are a lot of tears on both shows, but there are way more hugs on this one. Also, the second host of this show looks at people with love-filled eyes and that warms my heart. Mostly, I like the fact that the truth can bring people together and build a foundation for support. It’s all just entertainment, but why not be entertained by something that ends with kindness?
So far, there has only been one truth-seeker who rejected the person they claimed to love. Everyone else has embraced their loved ones and accepted whatever struggle was headed their way. Really, we can all use a little more of this in our lives. Let’s open our hearts when someone tells us their truth, even when it’s hard to hear. And if there are cameras around, please don’t be afraid to shed a few tears. Some of us are enjoying your story from the comfort of our couches.