I disagree. I actually could buy that as a guy impersonating a girl. I've never heard Ronaiah's actual voice so maybe its too naturally deep or whatever, but I have met plenty of gay men who presumably sound like this 24/7. If the phone records are real, he'd have had a lot of practice.
I mean, itd be a longshot but still.
I apologize if my contribution to this thread is wholly anecdotal wild-ass guessing.
But as one of the resident TG's on the board - and someone who has met, seen, and heard a lot of M2F transpeople speak - hundreds of good, bad and indifferent voices - that could totally and credibly be a man trying to sound feminine. Sometimes that's aided by hormones, but some people can naturally bring their voice up and over like that with practice. It's not always Monty Python or Mrs. Doubtfire screeching.
That's not to say that's what it is. It could just as well be voice recognition a paid actor etc.
As for the layers of info being revealed, if one starts with the premise that Manti is lying about something, and that the reveal is too devastating for him to consider, then anything that sidesteps or dodges or avoids that admission or fact will seem more "truthful" no matter how ridiculous.
Personally I knew I was TG from when I was 3-4. And even then I knew that what I was "doing" or feeling was something I had to keep to myself. I didn't officially come out for almost 30 years. Not telling anyone that became a priority, and something I was used to doing and good at doing. I learned how to keep that secret - in a manner of speaking - as a survival tactic around disapproving parents and a lack of an open-minded support network, and couched in the imagined shame and "backlash" I was afraid would occur if I did come out.
So dead girlfriend > fake girlfriend > male platonic friend impersonating girlfriend > boyfriend impersonating girlfriend isn't too ludicrous if you are never giving up that core tenet and used to keeping it covered your whole life.
And that's not to say Manti's gay. But the way the layers are peeling back is similar to my experience when I was outed, and subsequently came out.
Edited by Trlicek's Whip, 24 January 2013 - 04:17 PM.