The star of the MTV reality show “Catfish” has come under fire over a selfie he tweeted showing him in an elevator.
TheWrap.com reports that Nev Schulman tweeted the photo of himself soon after a graphic video of NFL star Ray Rice punching his fiancee unconscious in an elevator was released by TMZ.
Accompanying the photo was a message from Schulman saying: “Cowards make me sick. Real men show strength through patience & honor. This elevator is abuse free.”
The story notes: “Coincidentally, the MTV host confessed to punching a woman in his recently released autobiography. Though Schulman insists the incident [in college] was self-defense and that he would never make light of domestic abuse.”
Schulman received a torrent of criticism on social media in response to the tweet. One Twitter user reportedly wrote: “What a shallow, cynical, and opportunistic thing to do.”
Schulman told the publication that his selfie “was meant to raise awareness and support for everyone affected by the awful abuses of domestic violence.” As for his college incident, he described it as a “situation where I was forced to defend myself, after being suddenly attacked.”
Gawker characterized Schulman’s tweet as a joke, and said the joke was “f***ed up for many reasons not in the least of which is that Nev himself has a history of violence against women.”
Nev Schulman’s elevator selfie