I caught Sunday night's episode of Catfish, featuring Artis and Jess. Artis and Jess both claimed to be in relationships, and that much was true. But that's where the truth ended on Jess' part.
Artis and Jess' story was weird - they'd only spoken
online, never via phone or video chat or anything. Artis was in a
relationship but it was emotionally over - and Jess was, well, Justin.
A guy. A guy, who when the guys met, got all up in Artis' face getting
all angry about how Artis cheating on his girlfriend and how he's doing
what he's doing in the name of morality.
Nev and Max went to meet with Justin after the Artis /
Justin meetup to talk more. Rather than being completely angry this time
like he was with Artis, he said it doesn't matter if everyone hates him
and they can think what they want...and also that he was fascinated by
how Artis could be so attracted to this unknown Jess - like a sociology
Nev and Max pried further into why Justin is doing what he's doing, and
he dropped some info - he used to be homeless. His father died abruptly
and he found the body, which left him nowhere to go and clearly scarred.
He needed something to live for, and he found a girl to live for. We
didn't get clarity on the situation with this girl, but after that he
told Nev and Max they couldn't help him.
Maybe I'm too forgiving, but I felt bad for Justin. I don't think he
initially started out with malicious intent when he was speaking to
Artis. I think he's gone through a lot of terrible things in his life
and is looking for something more in his life. Was he right in what he
did? Absolutely not. And although he was completely unapologetic, I
still think there's something more to him and I hope he breaks through
it and can be happy. I understand being angry at life. Justin's got good
reasons for his anger. I don't claim to understand his personal
situation, but I can understand that he's had a tough life, and that
anger can impact his actions. Still, what he did was wrong. Very, very wrong.
As for Artis, fortunately, he had a positive outcome. He and his
girlfriend talked things through again and they began to improve. Which
is awesome, considering they have kids together and deserve to be happy.
And it would be great if Justin's negative intention turned into
something positive - life's funny like that.
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