An open letter to Naomi Novella — beyond the catfishing there’s the real you

Naomi —

You have much to deal with right now. I want to let you know that you are missed. While the questions over the images used to represent yourself are left lingering in many of your supporters’ minds, I feel compelled to say . . . thank you.

Though I only followed you for a brief few weeks before you withdrew from the G+ world in a blaze of catfishing . . . I feel it’s important for you to know that you touched many lives. Regardless of the reasons for using someone else’s photos, you were supportive and generous-hearted to dozens upon dozens. Especially those in the creative fields.

That is the real you. The you that reached out daily to make a difference in people’s lives. You lit people up. You warmed them when they were cold. You were a friend to some who were friendless. Regardless of the images issue, you made a difference. That is you.

People are ultimately forgiving. I believe you could easily come back as your authentic self — and you would find open-minded people welcoming you back. We’ve all wanted to hide aspects of ourselves. What you couldn’t hide was your wide-open heart. You were there for those who needed a little encouragement and a lot of support. You gave that beyond measure. That is the real you.

Whenever you’re ready — if ever you’re ready — please get in touch — of course I will have questions — of course people will have questions — but you offer so much to so many, I hate to see you go underground. The real you made a difference. The real you was in the embrace of all the creative and spirited individuals who came your way. 

I wish you the very best in the days to come — you touched lives — you will touch them again — 


For you 

Evan Griffith
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