As The Friend Of A 'Catfish,' Do You Have An Obligation To Intervene?

The phrase "If you see something, say something" exists to help keep the general public safe. But should it also apply where friends are concerned? Tonight on "Catfish," Tyler didn't hold back his anger when he found out his online crush, Amanda, was actually a young man named Aaron. But if Aaron's friends--who were conscious of the scheme--had stepped in and put a stop to it, could Tyler's feelings have been spared?

After Aaron's secret came to light, Nev and Max sat down with his friends, Rebecca and Taylor, to try and gain some perspective. Aaron had made three fake profiles over the years with which he lured in more than 100 men, and the act had gotten him kicked out of college (this is why you don't mess with your RAs, kids), but as far as Rebecca and Taylor were concerned, it wasn't their place to intervene. They said as long Aaron's actions weren't significantly hurting anyone, they had no problem with it.

Tyler took the opportunity to argue that the transgression was significant, and after some heavy conversation, Aaron vowed to stop the charade. If only his epiphany had come a little sooner...

+ What do you think--are friends responsible for reeling in their "Catfish" buds, or is stopping the game something that somebody can only do on his or her own terms?

Do friends of 'Catfish' have responsibilities to intervene?

  • No, adults make their own choices.
  • Of course! To ignore the deception is irresponsible.

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