Amazing Race’s Joey Graceffa story: an explanation

Update, 3:56 p.m.: I’m retracting the original version of this story, because the Facebook profile post that it referenced may be from a profile that is not authentic.

Amazing Race contestant and YouTube star Joey Graceffa has a public fan page linked from his YouTube account, and this personal profile appears in Facebook’s search.

A reader insisted that profile was fake because no pictures were visible prior to December, but the profile’s timeline goes back to early 2012, and the absence of publicly available photos isn’t a red flag by itself. In addition, a TV critic I know who lives in Los Angeles, where Joey lives, was friends with this profile, which made it seem more authentic.

I would be very surprised that a relatively famous public figure’s name, identity, and images would be used for months and months without being flagged by him or someone at CBS or Facebook, especially having posted something so apparently personal almost a month ago that is still being circulated online.

However, another reader pointed out a separate personal profile for a Joey Graceffa that is not visible from Facebook’s search, but that is connected to other Amazing Race 22 cast members, and that’s enough to make me not confident that the original profile–and thus post on which this story was based–was genuine. I regret the lack of clarity and possibility that the initial story wasn’t accurate.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.