Coffey makes me happy too; I think he’s good and genuine. Naturally, skeptics don’t think so, going so far as to accuse him of child abuse, for his part in A&E’s Psychic kids program.
On the skeptoid blog the amateur scientist, blogger Brian Thompson has come up with the Operation Coffey Roast. You can guess what that’s about.
Here’s the opening paragraph, and note the use of language to fling about innuendos:
You've seen him on Paranormal State making bug eyes and waving his arms around as he pretends to be a psychic medium. Now A&E, your one stop shop for racist bounty hunters and Criss Angel's greasy sex appeal, brings us Psychic Kids, a new low in television history starring Chip Coffey. Psychic Kids takes the worst element of Paranormal State, Coffey's ridiculous attempts to "help" "psychic" children by telling them spirits invade their heads and demons attack their brains, and turns it into the whole goddamn show.
No need to make fun of his looks, isn’t that an ad hom? (“bug eyes”) And he isn’t pretending to be a “psychic medium” he is one. At best, if you must, say he thinks he is one. But unless you KNOW for a fact he’s a liar and committing fraud, you can’t make the accusation he’s “pretending.” Isn’t that libel or slander or something?
Notice too how the inclusions of “racist bounty hunters” to imply by association Coffey is racist, as well as perverted: “Criss Angel’s greasy sex appeal.”
Full disclosure: I don’t like Paranormal State. I think the lead guy is a bit weird and full of himself, I don’t like his inserting Christianity into everything they do, nor his arrogance. (The way they completely ignored the advice of the Native Elders and went on ahead and dug up a hole anyway. Gee, guess what happened?) I don’t like them because, except for Coffey, they’re a bunch of whipper snappers (sorry kid, you’re not an “expert” in anything; you’re what, twenty-two or something?)
So amateur scientist guy is all up in arms about Coffey abusing kids in this way and has an idea: Operation Coffey Roast. He’s very clear; he’s going to go after Coffey, and with a vengeance:
The prime ingredient for a good roast is a healthy pinch of lampooning, which will be an important part of OCR. In the weeks ahead, I'll be featuring interesting factoids about Chip Coffey on this site. First up? The question of Coffey's paranormal heritage. In his bio, he claims to be the great-grandson of famous Cherokee medicine woman and shaman Minnie Sue Morrow Foster. For someone so famous, it's curious that the only references to her that come up on Google are from Coffey's bio and from a message board for real-live Native Americans discussing how they've never heard of her. Also, "shaman" isn't a Native American term. I suppose InStyle magazine was right in describing Coffey as "a cross between John Edward and Dr. Phil." They're all giant douchebags.
Okay, so I have Native blood too and Coffey could be full of it here but then again, and I’m not defending this mind you, Hollywood shameless self promotion is shamefully shameless, full of crap, and full of lies. Exaggerations, at best. Shrug. But really, “shaman” isn’t a Native American term, sigh, can you split that hare any thinner? Jesus H. Christ allmighty, grapsing are we not?
Thompson goes on to urge others to join in at OCR at a local pub. Well, all this has Coffey extremely peeved, seeing all this as a threat:
So good, in fact, that Coffey considered the announcement of OCR to be a physical threat. Here's the email he sent me about the original OCR blog post I wrote at CHUD.com:
Yesterday, Brian Thompson posted a blog on CHUD.com with content including what certainly appears to be a personal threat against my safety that he is planning during Dragon*Con.
I have alerted the authorities regarding this threat.
Skeptics think nothing of doing their best to insult, harass and threaten people (it’s happened to me, a number of times) and they think it’s funny. Well, Coffey may or may not have a point, but the point is, if he or anyone feels threatened, then you have to treat it seriously. No, instead of taking responsibility, he responds with this, including more ad homs about his appearance:
How self-important can a fake psychic be? Why would anyone threaten physical harm against a guy when making fun of him is so much more fulfilling? For example: Is that a chin or is he trying to mate with a toad? See? So much better than physical harm.
Yeah, cute. Accusing someone of being a fake, of abusing children, of intentionally frightening them, insulting the person, and urging others to poke fun as well as trying to get a TV station to get rid of you, all sounds like threats to me. It also sounds like malicious assault, or harassment; something legal like that certainly.
Oh I know, don’t tell me. Skeptics like him are doing it for the children.