Kamie Crawford has turn out to be an MTV staple because of her cohosting gig on Catfish: The TV Present, however for my part, she deserves recognition by a wider viewers. Crawford has labored in the direction of turning into a big-time host for years, bringing her distinctive voice and perspective together with her. First grabbing headlines when she earned the title of Miss Teen USA in 2010, Crawford prolonged her model to turn out to be a well-liked magnificence vlogger, mannequin, and TV/media persona (on BET and E! to call just a few). She has by no means offered something lower than her genuine self to her followers. The self-proclaimed “CEO of Facial Expressions” is a badass, and it is extra evident than ever now that she’s strengthened one among MTV’s longest working reveals.
For the primary seven seasons of Catfish: The TV Present, the hosts had been Nev Schulman and Max Joseph. I have been a fan because the launch of the unique documentary, however even I started to glaze over round season five-ish. Issues had been getting a bit repetitive, predictable, and effectively . . . boring. Finally Joseph left the present to give attention to his movie profession in 2018. After his exit, producers introduced in a revolving door of visitor hosts whereas trying to find the fitting particular person to fill the job. After popping up quite a few occasions by standard demand, Kamie was formally requested to be Catfish‘s everlasting cohost alongside Schulman beginning season eight. Since then, the present’s high quality has markedly improved.
Kamie has given the present a perspective that I did not even understand it was lacking: a lady’s perspective. Her instinct alone has in all probability helped clear up extra issues between a catfish and their sufferer than precise investigations. She will be able to inform if an individual is mendacity simply by how they textual content! Kamie, who went to highschool for Communication and Media Research, reads between the strains into the nuances of what the present’s topics are saying. Logic-minded Nev has wanted that contemporary pondering, and their mixed strengths have produced a very entertaining present.
The steadiness between the 2 hosts simply works. It takes so much to get Schulman labored up (though he all the time jumps in on the proper time), however Kamie will get up herself and for the fitting aspect swiftly and with grace. Working example: the season eight premiere, “Purple & Jalissa.” Catfish Ashley was extraordinarily impolite to Kamie, presenting the kind of confrontational conduct we hadn’t seen on the present in years. She known as Kamie a bitch quite a few occasions, a “chicken,” and most offensively, “the assistance.” Kamie remained calm and defended herself earlier than being the larger particular person and strolling away. In direction of the top of the episode (when Ashley lastly got here to her senses and apologized), Kamie let her know that they “do not must be mates,” however they have to be respectful. She didn’t stand for the name-calling and the preliminary homophobic remarks hurled at catfish sufferer, Purple.
Moreover, in episodes the place there are ladies tearing one another down (just like the “Brooklyn & Jason” episode), Kamie not solely makes an attempt to maintain the peace, however to coach. “We’re rising girls,” she stated. “We gotta develop the f*ck up. We’re imagined to be coming collectively. We’re not imagined to be doing all of this, particularly not over some boy who’s not even performing proper!” This is without doubt one of the many essential messages that she brings up on the present, and I really like that she by no means misses a beat to show.
Since Crawford joined the present, she and Nev have acknowledged and engaged in on-camera dialogue concerning the injustices towards Black individuals taking place on this planet. Kudos to Nev and Max’s Black Lives Matter t-shirts, however the hosts by no means actually stated something substantial concerning the motion or about what was taking place within the information in earlier seasons. Now, there’s been an open dialog about what is going on on within the nation. Having a Black girl be a part of the workforce was large step for the present. Kamie speaks up, shares the Black expertise, and calls out injustices with methods on easy methods to proper them. That may be so impactful to see on an enormous community tv present.
She could be very vocal about her beliefs exterior of the present as effectively. From offering dependable and precious assets on Instagram and Twitter for months throughout the top of the Black Lives Matter motion, to totally campaigning individuals to not solely vote, however to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Kamie makes use of her platform to talk up, educate, and have the robust and uncomfortable conversations. Whether or not persons are open to listening or get offended by her sturdy statements, she makes positive the fitting data is on the market. (And I confess, I adore it when she places “Karens” on blast and follows with a proof on why they’re incorrect.)
Kamie leaves no questions unanswered and no stone unturned. She is the badass Black feminine illustration that Catfish: The TV Present wanted, and I can not wait to see what she does subsequent.