Sunday, January 27, 2013

CNN's Lemon interviews O'Meara about being "catfished"

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, Don Lemon on CNN examined the “catfishing” problem, by interviewing Diane O’Meara, whose picture was misappropriated to become a fictitious girlfriend “Lennay Kekua” for Manti Te’o.   (More on Kekua voice on CBS here. )
There is a similar interview on the NBC Today show this week.

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Lemon also interviewed Manti.  He insisted that he was totally straight, and could not give much of a reason for being fooled.  Nev Schulman (in the film “Catflish”, link) didn’t appear on Lemon’s show but probably should have. Schulman would appeal to my own eye more than Manti. It does seem that a lot of guys have fallen for fictitious females on the Web. I'm not sure how it works the other way around.  In the gay world, men are likely to want to "see" before they "believe: and play the "Doubting Thomas" game.  Yet, there is a recent gay film about the catfish possibility, "Is It Just Me?", Movies blog, Jan. 21, 2013.  "Catflish is on the movies blog Sept. 24, 2010.  

Experts on CNN have offered the advice that anyone who posts his or her own image on line get them cataloged on the image directory on Google, which is “”.

I found that images I have ever posted online appear, but they are individually addressable.  My Facebook image under my legal name is here
The experts advise checking the image occasionally to see if it has been misused.

What this would not do is prevent others from taking a picture of you and misappropriating it, although you can stop if from being tagged on Facebook.  This could be one reason why people have become much more sensitive in the last eighteen months or so about cell phone picture taking in bars and discos.  Two years ago, nobody worried about it. Anderson Cooper and Parry Aftab covered the issue last spring, and legal changes in the future might occur. It would sound as though misappropriation of an image without permission might relate to a "right of publicity" tort.  

Dr. Phil also interviewed the "hoaxer" who said he had a gay crush on Manti -- and Dr. Phil questioned the man on how he thought he could get over something he had been born with, ABC link

Picture: A red fox in the flowerbed.  

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