If you haven’t heard of “Joanne the Scammer”, I’m guessing you don’t use social media that much. Who hasn’t seen the memes featuring the messiest bitch on the planet?
The scamming internet sensation’s clips has conned her way into the hearts of celebrities such as Jhene Aiko and Solange Knowles with her outrageous sayings and witty remarks.
The Fader traveled down to Daytona Beach, Florida to get to know the person BEHIND the alter-ego, Branden Miller.
Miller shared the details of his childhood — from growing up in a religious household to how he found out that not only was he adopted but was black as well (he was told he was white). He also spoke candidly about earning money via porn before Joanne the Scammer took off and he was able to make a living from it. The story is almost sounds surreal and you can’t help but be amazed on how much pain Branden has gone through in his life yet has made a career of making people laugh. Below are excerpts from the interview:
On Joanne the Scammer
“It wasn’t my strategy, but it just so happens I play a character that allows me to do whatever I want,” he tells me. “It’s the one time I can kind of be free.”
Finding Out He Was Adopted
“That was tragic, I’m not going to lie. I found out I was adopted, and then I found out I was black. I was like, Oh shit, none of these people are really related to me at all! That was a fucking…” He stops for a second. “I thought I was white. I had white friends. I was a white person! I still have my moments where I’m like, Oh my God. That’s really awkward.”
On His Sexuality:
Branden tells me he’s comfortable in his own skin, but online and in person he does things that suggest he still struggles. “When you ask me if I’m gay, I say yes,” he says. “Do I flaunt it? No.” He says the attitudes towards homosexuality that surrounded his Southern childhood are ingrained deep, and keep him from being open about his love life. “I was raised a certain way,” he says. “I never kiss my boyfriend in front of my mother. I never hold his hand. She knows we date, and she knows I love him, but I never do that in front of nobody, actually.”
Read more of the interview here.