There are two absolute truths I’ve learned over six years of blogging professionally: 1. People share WAY too much of their personal lives with strangers on the Internet and 2. People will do ANYTHING to be Internet famous, if just for a hot second.
A few months ago I posted about a dude who received crazy texts from his cheating fiancé. Apparently it was from an Imgur thread that went viral, though I found it on The Chive. Three months later, the same Imgur user, ChingchongSean, just posted another round of “crazy texts” from his ex, for millions of people on the Internet to see.
The soap opera continues over on Imgur.
But, upon reading his latest texts from Chelsea, I’m not so sure these are actually real. It just doesn’t seem authentic…. at all. Here’s some of the context he added to his Imgur uploads.
She’s never threatened me before, just standard crazy ex stuff. Yes, I know I should’ve blocked her sooner and other more proactive measures but this is where I’m at right meow and my calm is definitely damaged. I don’t even know if you can use texts as evidence for a restraining order. TL;DR My Ex-fiancée crosses the line big time and openly threatens me, insults my friend, and tries (and succeeds in) intimidating me. I’m not scared…okay that’s a lie- I’m a little worried that I poked back too hard and antagonized her. Here’s the previous interaction a few months ago: http://imgur.com/gallery/iZZn5
Personally, I think some sort of aspiring screenwriter who has watched too many Lifetime movies wrote these. Ors someone who just “gets” the Internet and the day-to-day things that go viral. The dialogue just doesn’t seem realistic to how people actually text — it reads like a really, over-the-top soap opera script, not real-life texts between humans. Plus, the writing is almost perfect. The “tucking” instead of “fucking” autocorrect for authenticity seems a little weird.
Why would he even bother texting her back at all? Clearly he knew who it was the second he received such a mysterious number. Plus, who starts a text message with your first name and says something as cliche as “Sean, we need to talk.” It literally sounds like a made-for-TV movie.
I’m not buying this. At all. I think someone crafted it because they knew that content about crazy, cheating ex-girlfriends tends to go viral pretty easily, especially on a visual medium like Imgur.
Maybe I’m just a born skeptic. Maybe I don’t believe anything is real after Jimmy Kimmel trolled us all years ago. But hey, you be the judge.
There’s some additional commentary over at Imgur:
And, just for the record, I’m not the only person who thinks this is fake too: