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.
Finally, in a twist they surely didn't see coming, Ryan's sexual harassment victims learned that he himself did not exist, and was actually a (now 21-year-old) girl playing pretend. Her scheme and all-around terribleness exposed, Schultz's editors all kicked her to the curb, effectively ending her sports writing career. Until she invents another one.
A Marvel Editor Moonlights As A Japanese Writer, Complete With Detailed Life Story
Around 2004, Marvel associate editor C.B. Cebulski started writing for rival comics company Dark Horse. To be safe, he decided to use a pseudonym. As "Akira Yoshida," he wrote a couple of titles, which it seems were impressive enough that another Marvel editor sought him out over the possibility of writing for their company. Now Cebulski was in a bind. Marvel policy forbade editors from getting paid to write their comics. His options were to either politely decline the offer without explanation or get caught up in a fake-mustache-and-glasses situation that would almost certainly backfire. Guess what he chose?
We'd like to give Cebulski the benefit of the doubt and assume that when he chose an Asian pseudonym, he had no intention of convincing anyone he was an Asian man. That's difficult, though, because his work writing for Marvel focused heavily on Japanese themes, culture, and characters -- to the delight of executives, who loved having a Japanese writer on the team. In a 2005 interview, he went so far as to recall his childhood in Japan, learning English from TV, movies, and superhero comics. His totally fake childhood that, to be clear, absolutely never happened.
MarvelAt least they gave him some serious titles. You’d hate to lead a double life, only to get stuck with Moon Knight.