The Teenage Girl Who Found Success As An Awful Adult Man
Becca Schultz was a 13-year-old girl who dreamed of being a sports writer. And like most 13-year-olds, she was super impatient. Probably correctly assuming that no one would hire a barely teenage girl to write about baseball, she began pitching as an adult man named Ryan. And it worked. For eight years.
It could have been a weirdly uplifting Big-style tale, but unfortunately, Schultz decided that she needed to be not merely a dude, but the worst kind of dude. Having ingratiated herself into sports Twitter, she met a variety of like-minded women in the industry ... whom she immediately began to harass and abuse. Hey, maybe she was getting into character.
DeadspinWell that’s depressing.
Schultz had convinced at least two women to send her nude photographs, one of whom claims she only did so because "Ryan" had threatened to hurt himself if she didn't. At some point, Schultz got so cocky that she started doing podcasts with no voice modification at all, but somehow still wasn't found out until she made a misogynistic joke on Twitter. In response, women began speaking out on their abuse by "Ryan," then got together to try to track down the chucklehead's wife, only to find out she didn't exist. Going further down the rabbit hole, they determined that Ryan's kids were also fictional -- supposed pictures of them were in fact of Schultz's niece and nephew -- and that the university he claimed to attend didn't offer classes in what he claimed to study.