EmoBlackThot, one of the most popular accounts in the Black Twitter space, was thought for years to be the work of a Black woman. Now, the identity of the person behind the account was unveiled as that of Isiash Hickland, who is coming under fire for the switcheroo and has apologized.
Via a YouTube video and an interview with Paper magazine, Hickman explained the reasons why he decided to come forth about his identity.
“I was just trying to be the kind of person I didn’t have for myself, just virtually [for others],” he says, briefly mentioning his desire to continue bolstering his fans, whether it be through continued conversation surrounding the stigma about mental health within the Black community, bringing attention to under-the-radar social injustice issues, or what it’s like to live as a bisexual Black male. Which is why — in what feels like another gesture toward his commitment to full transparency from this point forward — Hickland also wants to publicly come out as bisexual, something he says only a few close personal friends of his know.
“I’m already very untrustworthy of people — they make me anxious — so the idea of people knowing who I am,” he trails off, taking a second to breathe, “Everything about me, just makes me sick to my stomach. After this article, people are going to look me up —they’ll delve through my personal accounts, look through all my old pictures, all of that. They’ll create their own narratives. That type of sh*t makes me anxious.” For a moment, he pauses again to reflect upon what he’s said before putting the onus upon himself. “But it’s also my fault. I could’ve [handled this whole thing] better. I had good intentions, but I still hid behind an anonymous identity and hid who I was — I feel like I f*cked up majorly.”
Now that the news is officially out to the world, Hickland’s Twitter account name began trending on Twitter with a range of responses from astonishment to anger. Most Twitter users have blasted Hickman for duping the masses despite what he said were pure intentions to be bigger than the person he saw himself as. There’s also one user who believes EmoBlackThot was a woman who sold her account to Hickman in order to profit from the scandal.
Check out the reactions from Black Twitter regarding EmoBlackThot below.
So this person emoblackthot was pretending go be a black woman online for years. Now he’s apologizing like it's all good from here. No it's not all good. 🧐 The internet is a wild ass place.— Natelegé Whaley (@natelege_) October 11, 2019
why did emoblackthot call himself nicole and constantly talk about periods if it was a man behind the account the entire time pic.twitter.com/DqjJbRTDXw— vixen (@aIphaputa) October 11, 2019
this emoblackthot situation is so corny omg twitter should never be so serious that you make a fake identity— j (@gucciandior) October 11, 2019
the way I envisioned emoblackthot as a darkskin woman with glasses and 4c hair GDOSHEKSAKNAKSJSJSKS pic.twitter.com/63i31t1cfs— ً (@zendxyas) October 11, 2019
The timeline celebrating emoblackthot’s reveal then realizing he’s actually a man. pic.twitter.com/JNCygO5YwQ— blinding lights (@BEYUPDATES2) October 11, 2019
emoblackthot was on here talking about his pussy hurting n period cramps— daiz (@halalszn) October 11, 2019
Good evening, “emoblackthot” was a 24 month sociological study conducted by Harvard University. We are now complete with our study. Thank you for your time.— mandrés (@angeIchao) October 11, 2019
Of all the things emoblackthot lied about I’m genuinely confused as to why he felt the need to lie about even his zodiac sign... pic.twitter.com/EFmZRJpBD5— christopher (@christopherrrf) October 11, 2019
Regarding #EmoBlackthot:— Where the $ DOESNT reside (@ValerieComplex) October 11, 2019
Too many folks don’t give a shit about protecting Black women but always want to emulate us, profit from us, bash us, and lie on us.
Black women were vulnerable and were transparent with this clout chaser and the end result ...just fucking trash man
Remember when emoblackthot had the Internet defending them against the twitter pages who was stealing ideas & content from a black woman creative? lmao there was emphasis on the BLACK WOMAN part. That’s why I don’t be defending internet ppl cus I don’t know y’all like that pic.twitter.com/IlCcqGmK95— Majesty Ria ✨ (@ToriNicksWho) October 11, 2019