Written by Leslie Valentin
We live in a world where the general public is caught up by Paparazzi moments due to celebrities dating or breaking up, acting bizarre and fighting addictions amongst other issues. We also live in a time where the facts are not the key points but rather speculation, rumors and innuendos are. The world of reporting on people who are "in the spotlight" has purportedly assassinated the character of many, caused heartbreak for others, and yet for some, a major boost in ratings and popularity. The paranormal world of television or its “stars” are not immune from this.
This nation and probably much of the free viewing world has viewed recent behaviors by actor, Charlie Sheen. His grandiose scheme of raging has not only lost him credibility, but also his contract with a television network as well as his job.
What is appalling is when persons such as Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson are held accountable for their words and actions while others who throw hissy fits and tantrums are not.
For some time now on the paranormal side of media entertainment industry on Facebook as well as on Twitter, spews can be read about various people by one renowned individual, Psychic Chip Coffey. Mind you, Mr. Coffey has no issues speaking out against Charlie Sheen and his actions and behaviors, nor does he seem to hold his tongue about much. Granted, Mr. Coffey is an animal activist in Georgia and has done wonders to help Shelter animals find new homes, and he also wrote a piece on September 22, 2010 on Facebook about Bullying.
The first line in his Facebook blog reads:
“Throughout my life - from the time I was a child - I've been bullied. Called nasty names and been made fun of. Even physically attacked! Sometimes, it hurt and sometimes it made me mad as hell.”
The entire blog can be read on Facebook, and the web address in listed under sources. With a statement like that, it is hard to imagine that Mr. Coffey would in any way lash out online or otherwise. Mr. Coffey goes on to state in this blog:
“I try to ignore those who make nasty comments about me. I refuse to defend or debate because I realize that, in most instances, I am wasting my time by doing so. Those who choose to bash others generally love it when the individual they are bashing gets into a pissing contest with them. And it fuels the fire, oftentimes creating a huge S#!TSTORM!”
So, with this said, why is it when one views Mr. Coffey’s Facebook and Twitter are there statements that are just the opposite. And, why is it that some people are outright named while others are left nameless?
Mr. Coffey stated in a March 9, 2011 on Twitter to another person:
“I understand your point & know he loves the attention, but if one doesn’t confront bullies, they will keep bullying!”
…and on March 7, 2011, Mr. Coffey twitted to another person:
“I don’t handle rudeness / discourtesy / disrespect / bullying well. ” There is an old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen.” Mr. Coffey has no issues handing out criticism but he doesn’t take kindly to another criticizing him or pointing out his character defects. And with some reading between the Facebook and Twitter communities, one can find some of the lashings that Mr. Coffey issues.
Being in the entertainment business, yep folks, I said it….”entertainment”, you are in the spot light. And, in Mr. Coffey’s own words from another twit he made about a comment he received on Facebook on March 10, 2011:
“Brilliant comment sent to me on Facebook: Honey, the moment you go onto the internet, you open the door to every mentally ill person with a computer and a modem!”
Mr. Coffey twitted also another time that stated:
“I embrace free speech and the 1st Amendment but will say again. Just because you can does not mean you should.”
On September 7, 2009, Mr. Coffey wrote a blog on Facebook where he talks about limiting the freedom of speech. As a reminder, our freedom of speech is the 1st Amendment. Mr. Coffey goes on to say:
“Anyone with access to a computer can spout vitriol against others with little (or no) fear of reprimand or recourse. Many Internet bloggers and those who post on message boards to assail others use clever pseudonyms rather than their real names. This is no different than hooded or masked assailants in the "real world" who hide their identity and "cover their faces" in order to maliciously attack others. Thugs are thugs!”
The saying about what you put on the internet is not private is true. It is a public forum. With that said, one must remember that minding your manners literally is of essence if you are going to post, blog or share anything else on the electronic wave of communication. And, for those who feel the need to get on the internet and direct hateful and hurtful things to others must remember that while they might be protected by freedom of speech in the United States of America; rebuttals are also a freedom of speech so long as it is not lies. If the latter is true, then libel and slander step in.
Mr. Coffey has shown behavior not only on the internet, but on the television as well. Some could call it a passionate outburst; others could call it by a few different names. The reaction or terming of these must be interpreted solely by the viewer. It seems though, that with the credentials that Mr. Coffey boasts on his website - an “advanced degree in Counseling Psychology”, that Mr. Coffey would utilize the skills he has learned while in school about reacting or how to deal with others in general. Questions generate however as to whether the “advanced degree” is a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree, or a Doctorate. It would be plausible that if Mr. Coffey possessed such a degree that he would list the actual degree and not refer to it as “advanced”.
It is deplorable however, that people who publically call for the assistance, aid and other means of help to so many can turn around and dump or stomp on others all within the same relative breath. What is even more troublesome is that the media industry and networks do not seem to have any issue with behavior in general unless it is directed at them literally, such as the case with Charlie Sheen.
Acting seems to come to Mr. Coffey naturally however. On his website under the “About Chip” page, it states:
“His psychic abilities manifested themselves when he was a young child and after successful careers in traditional counseling, the entertainment industry and travel management, he began working full-time as a psychic and medium in 2001.”
The public has been the focal point of Mr. Coffey’s aim when he chose to air his disapproval of different forums who wrote about him. Websites such as scifake.com and ghosttheory.com have written articles about Mr. Coffey and some of the shows on A&E. Mr. Coffey has bellied down to even name calling on Twitter towards scifake.com and their continued articles about him. Unexplained-mysteries.com is another internet forum who speaks lowly about Mr. Coffey’s treatment of individuals, including Beatrice Marot – Medium to the Stars.
So, after scoping on some of the odd or unacceptable behaviors, one cannot help but wonder why Mr. Coffey is not held accountable for what could be called childish behavior on public forums such as Twitter and Facebook.
The moral of this story is, regardless of who says what, mind your manners per say. It is a moot point as to whether the words come from a celebrity or an average person walking down the street. Don't dish out hateful things if you don't want it coming back at you from someone else. Eventually, all the money in the world and the most impressive attorneys will not stop the judge from saying your lawsuit is dismissed because you got a taste of your own medicine! A forked tongue is not one to be trusted and eventually those who are two-faced are seen for what they are; or as another saying goes - Karma will come back to bite you in the butt!
Facebook Post re: Bullying - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/note.php?note_id=445767812365
Chip Coffey’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/chipcoffey
Facebook Post re: Internet Attack - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/note.php?note_id=132740027365
Chip Coffey’s Website: http://www.chipcoffey.com/faqs.html
Unexplained-mysteries.com re: Chip Coffey - http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=143202