We journeyed to find the truth about TimmyThick, the so-called ‘Harvard experiment’ viral star
What are they trying to hide?
by Katie Way
Find the latest on our TimmyThick investigation here.
TimmyThick is an 18-year-old boy (man?) who's so thicc that he captivated the entire social media sphere…or is he?
As of now, Timmy boasts a solid 40,000 Twitter followers, but recently deleted his Instagram account, a platform on which he amassed hundreds of thousands of followers. He's also friends with Danielle "Bhad 'Cash Me Ousside' Bhabie" Bregoli, so he's basically living the dream…unless he isn't alive at all.
Because the Nicki-Minaj-loving, blunt-smoking, thirst-trapping Timmy we all thought we knew might not even exist — at least, not according to his most recent tweet.
Good Evening, “timmythick” was a 24 month sociological study conducted by Harvard University. We are now complete with our study. Thank you for your time.
— BARBIE® (@timmythick) March 17, 2018
"Good Evening, "timmythick" was a 24 month sociological study conducted by Harvard University," Timmy (? )announced on Saturday. "We are now complete with our study. Thank you for your time."
Obviously, people freaked the fuck out
The information sent shockwaves through Twitter in a matter of hours. Frankly, I'm still reeling and I know I'm not the only one.
WE DIDNT DESERVE TIMMYTHICK SO THEY REMOVED HIM FROM THE SIMULATION
— jovan (@ehjovan) March 18, 2018
timmy thick arriving at harvard university monday morning taking off his pink wig getting ready to tell all his fellow scientists what he observed for the past twenty four months pic.twitter.com/wCzPfkPdlh
— oov jav (@KlarksonCelly) March 19, 2018
if timmy thick is fake then who the fucks ass has been plastered all over the internet……..there's somebody with an ass bigger than two Volkswagens trying to drive past each other and they're being put on the bird™ without their knowledge and we're all like "okay baby"
— iman (@FROMTHEFlRES) March 17, 2018
Me after finding out my queen Timmy Thick was only a sociological experiment by Harvard pic.twitter.com/xp3sV4DuLb
— brandon the born again christian (@buttgrabbing) March 18, 2018
New conspiracy theories spawned almost immediately
If TimmyThick and his wagon were fake, how the fuck is ANYTHING real?
the next unabomber is gonne be someone that went crazy from the timmy thick experiment
— margret (@guwop) March 18, 2018
Government agent: TIMMYTHICK
**Skilled in hand to hand combat and very exceptional with long range firearms. Experienced in guerilla warfare. Served 2 terms in Iraq** pic.twitter.com/43sfjoSAlg
— BJ (@BASEDJESUS) March 19, 2018
what if stephen hawkings was timmythick…
— jovan (@ehjovan) March 18, 2018
timmy thick not being real and only being a Harvard University study got me question whether anyone online is real or not pic.twitter.com/1wg4SWiWXa
— JAY Q ? (@jasonlxndr) March 18, 2018
Some people collected clues
One thread in particular pointed out a few specific details that made TimmyThick's nonexistence seem plausible, namely the fact that nothing is known about his family life, and one detail on a "candid" photo of Timmy that just didn't add up.
This would explain why Timmy Thick is so secretive pic.twitter.com/H4cMo2dVvi
— nas maraj suspended (@viewsfromnas) March 18, 2018
That's why his ass is so fat…it's full of secrets.
"Don't feed the trolls." Pretty damning stuff.
Someone even found the 'real' TimmyThick — apparently, he's a guy named Justin
it was a catfish lol he is named justin and calls himself juju, his insta is jujuthetopic and he has a vid of himself saying that @ and that its his only instagram pic.twitter.com/9z37jWH0vy
— ashley (@porkchop157) March 19, 2018
I followed the "real" TimmyThick, who goes by Jujuthetopic, on Snapchat but honestly, I'm not hopefully. I just don't want to get hurt again, you know?
So, the plot thiccens…
Clearly TimmyThick himself wasn't going to answer any of the questions that he left in his wake, when he dropped out of our lives like a gut out of an unclasped waist trainer.
So we asked Harvard University's sociology department what they knew about the individual we all formerly believed to be TimmyThick.
Harvard University's sociology department did not want to talk about TimmyThick
Plot twist! The two staff members who I talked to from Harvard's sociology department did not want to talk to me — and they really did not want to talk to me about a potentially underage boy who posts videos of himself twerking on social media.
Neither of the people I spoke to were aware of who TimmyThick was, and neither of them were willing to be directly quoted but I feel pretty comfortable saying that none of the staffers or faculty members in Harvard's sociology department know who the fuck TimmyThick is — at least, not in a way they'd admit to me.
i want to know what study they were using timmythick for. like what could harvard possibly be doing with this
— abe! (@wavyabey) March 18, 2018
I still found a few other leads
First, there's a tweet by comedian Brandon Wardell in which Wardell claims that he's known TimmyThick was a fraud since last August… and that he's actually head writer at the Harvard Lampoon.
Wardell has since deleted the tweet, which actually makes me kind of freaked out about a potential conspiracy… especially because the Lampoon's website is currently down. We reached out for comment, but have yet to receive a response.
But ultimately I don't believe this one, because there's no way anyone currently attending Harvard is funny enough to do this:
Then, one of the people I spoke to did say that Harvard's sociology department isn't the only body on campus that conducts sociological research, and pointed me to the medical and education departments.
But honestly, I was discouraged and on a deadline, and I knew I had to throw in the towel, because there's no way Harvard University photoshopped hundreds of pictures and videos of a man-boy with a really huge, toned ass.
The internet will fall for anybody or anything that is THICC
— Irish Year Round (@dagingerjake) March 18, 2018
That definitely didn't happen… unless it did. All I can say for sure is I hope we haven't seen the last of our thicc, thicc Timmy.