Peter Coffin Speaks as the Internet Taunts Grow: 'I'm Just Going to Shut Off and Leave'

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Peter Coffin might currently be the most hated man on the internet, even though what he allegedly did has no real victims. According to the popular Singaporean blogger and model Xiaxue, who became fed up with Coffin's Twitter taunts about her plastic surgery, Coffin, a YouTube comedian, carried on a charade of an online-only relationship with someone purporting to be an 18-year-old Japanese girl named Kimi Kobayashi. Not only does Kobayashi not exist, but her pictures are of a Korean model (arguably the only innocent victim). Xiaxue has compiled damning evidence that Coffin created the Kobayashi character, complete with the tasteless, racist and sexist jokes that constituted the pair's public flirting.

In a thirty minute conversation with Runnin' Scared this morning, a despondent Coffin, who's been mocked relentlessly online for more than 36 hours, maintained that he did not create Kobayashi, but was instead the victim of someone else's online identity games. "I'm just in a place right now," he stuttered somberly. "I'm sitting here, and I've got these people coming at me from a million angles and I don't know what happened."

But whether or not Coffin made up Kobayashi -- and it sure seems like he did -- what began as a wacky internet tale complete with an O.D. of schadenfreude for a mean, culturally insensitive man, has now become a more interesting lesson about the psychology of the internet hive mind. Even if he carried on an online relationship with himself, and far from forgiving his own offenses, the cyber-bullying of Peter Coffin is now officially out of control.

At its most concentrated, the popular message board Reddit has had an absolute field day with the Coffin story. Though he initially took to the site to defend himself, Coffin said he couldn't take the pile-on, and that's when he decided to shut his computer, make his Twitter account private and un-plug. But it doesn't seem like he has.

"I'm basically going to just shut off and leave," he said. "I'm going to shut off and leave. I don't know if I'm going to come back."

A Twitter search of his name is most jarring and enough to conjure sympathy even for a man who by all accounts seems like an asshole. (In Singapore, "Peter Coffin" was a trending topic.) But the internet is full of bad comedians, racists and lonely people.

"Assuming I did make this person up, why would you do this to somebody?" Coffin wondered, in reference to the treatment of him online. "That would be a mentally ill person."

Asked if he felt mentally ill, Coffin said, "Absolutely not."

"I feel betrayed and attacked really hard," he said, but he refused to say that Kobayashi was his creation, despite the mountains of evidence against him. "I know what it looks like," Coffin said, explaining that although people are saying his fake relationship lasted 8 months, he really met Kobayashi, via Twitter, in December 2009.

"By February, I knew I liked that person," he said. Though he said they talked via Sykpe audio, and the voice "sounded like any normal girl," he worries that "I just spent a year talking to a guy." Coffin said he has never seen the film Catfish, which details the relationship of a young man and girl he meets on Facebook, who might not be who she seems.

"It felt great to have somebody who reminded me of me, who understood me," he said. "The fact that people are acting how they are sucks a lot, but I have to think about how dumb I had to be. I was completely..." His voice trailed off and he was crying. "Did I make myself believe it? I wanted somebody like that."

These are the words of a broken man. Maybe he was disturbed and lonely enough to create a character and maintain two sides of a relationship for over a year, or maybe, though it's less likely, he was duped over the same time span. Either way he's now embarrassed himself in front of the whole online world trying to explain it. And yet, he's not the most interesting part of this story.

As the taunts of "lol loser" grow, and story continues to go viral, the cyber-schoolyard becomes dangerous, the put-downs as oppressive as the attention is addictive. This is now a man on the edge, one who cannot stop himself from talking about his situation, be it on a message board or to a blogger. (After our post yesterday evening, he emailed us his phone number.)

"I probably shouldn't do much more talking about it publicly because it doesn't matter what I say at all," he said, only to explain later, "I don't want any of this to be off the record."

At this moment, he seems to have no self-control and could very well be reading all of the things being written about him. Both as the subject and as an observer, it's tough to turn away. And so again, as we said yesterday, here, in one man's sad story, all of the worst things you've ever heard about the internet are true.

Previously: Internet Comedian Peter Coffin's Fake Asian Girlfriend Outed in Blogger Feud With Xiaxue

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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carreekpo
carreekpo

Peter dude is just messed up. Loser, has no life, who is he to talk about Xiaxue in such a personal and rude way? And stealing the korean woman's pictures as his "girlfriend"? I don't honestly feel sorry from him at all. He is just a douche.

Truther
Truther

Peter Coffin didn't create a fake gf to troll that model chick. "She" existed long before the drama with that other girl. He even went as far as writing daily blog entries about how amazing she was and how lucky he was to have her, and these blogs were all essay length. And it wasn't just youtube and twitter, "she" was a member of several blogging and gaming sites. The guy had a fragile ego, every time someone gave him any type of criticism on one of his videos (even constructive), "she" would come to his aid and go off on them.

And it was obvious he wasn't fooled by someone else pretending to be her like he claimed. When people first started having doubts about her existence and called him out on it, he would talk about how she was sitting there next to him.

the game
the game

everyone wins. peter is a loser, xiaxue is whore.

goronchev
goronchev

Goronchev here, I think it's best leave this guy alone, really, even for me, when I get accused of telling sexual stories and them being fake, when it's just my sexual experiences. I don't hate peter or anything, he deserves a second chance, we all do. I won't say intellectual checkmate for the sake of it, as I won't make a video about the guy, and it doesn't really concern me, wasn't really a fan anyway. So be wary of what you do on the internet, and keep yourself on tabs on what do on there. People have actually tried to dox me, and seek information, and think they can expose me on some things I did in the past, or had some affair. But anyway, sexbomb out, keep it cool, just leave the guy alone, thanks.

THE LEGEND
THE LEGEND

I'm the fucking internet, you better shut the fuck up or it shut it down, motherfuckers, can't take the internet so funny like, and then peter goes like, lol fake girlfriend, then internet like goes: derp herp, i talk about shit no one cares about and doesn't matter if you don't put penis in vagina, humanity is overrated. DERP HERP, THEN GHOSTS POPPING OUT, THE GAME, properly. BILL GATES, PEACE.

THE LEGEND
THE LEGEND

Here is what i think, everyone here is a loser, peter, you, the lovers, the haters. Everyone is obsessed with this guy, no matter how much you love or hate him. Who gives a shit what he did, it doesn't affect your life, you waste your time commenting on his youtube account saying the same old shit over again, and does nothing but give him more fame and attention. :) u mad, brahs.

u mad?
u mad?

124 people have no life, and should stop posting here, it's pathetic. Peter's back, and he's not going away, u mad?

fml3131
fml3131

F*king pathetic psycho freak Coffin is! Get a psychiatrist asap, for F sake!!!! 

Reasonnotrules
Reasonnotrules

What he did had no real victims?  I disagree as I was deeply offended by his racist and misogynistic charade.

Peter Coffin stole pictures of a smoking hot Korean girl and created the persona of an all natural, hot-but-doesn't-know-it, intelligent, 18-year-old with a great personality and used her to bash other Asian women.  His intentions were malicious.  He wanted his targets to feel inferior and inadequate.  My guess is that he hates women.  He has been rejected by them in the past thus developed a vengeful, screwed up ideal of women should be and look like and makes himself feel better by attacking them.

What he did would be the equivalent of me stealing pictures of someone resembling Brad Pitt from Fight Club, and creating a persona of an attractive, tall, toned, well endowed, tanned, wealthy, successful, blonde hair blue eyed dream man who fucks a different model every night.  Then I'd use him to taunt other men on the internet to make them feel inadequate. But, the catch is, this Tyler Durden lookalike is in love with ME, because I'm so special and deserving of internet fame.

Email
Email

Who gives a shit, no one cares anymore.

janelle james
janelle james

I just read that whole blog on him and she is awesome in my book. She destroyed him! XD Didn't know of her before but now I'm *subscribed* Now if we could only destroy all abusive racists like Mr. Coffin this would be a much happier place!

Derpherp
Derpherp

Most people would actually do something like this to get revenge on someone, make a fake account and bash away we go. But when it comes to fake girlfriends, maybe a bad idea, and remember not to make it azn, when your bashing a "azn" person, because they know very well who they are. Tip. And tip 2 remember to try as hard as you can clear away evidence. Bad move, peter. I don't hate you, I just don't like what you did.

Yuyuyuyy
Yuyuyuyy

What's funny, if you got his peterheads channel, you will get over 9000 comments just saying the same of shit to him shit to him, I just think they should just let it die. The joke got old about a month ago.

Anonymous22
Anonymous22

yeah, I had those things where I tried to hide something with another youtube account I own that I did something stupid, and people found about it, it was just recently, actually. And removed the video, because of sexual content, no doubt I won't do it again, so I can learn my lesson, like peter can learn from his. No offense peter, your great, but don't be asshole and make up a fake girlfriend, but people think that getting laid is the best thing, maybe it is to everyone else, but it seems that what your haters care about it, maybe the haters should laid themselves.

Guest
Guest

He might as well make a new identity for himself, change his voice, and make a new youtube account.

Also, only women hitting women is funny. It's like racism, except it isn't funny when a white man says ni**er. But maybe it is now, since it's out of place for a white guy to say that.

He got trolled back, and should stay off the internets, Yeah, I realize I didn't look at your post well enough, monkeygogogo, you basically say the same kind of thing.

So Peter, don't be a loser, get a girlfriend, seek forgiveness(No, not god, or turn into a christian), and move on, come back when you finally need to speak the truth, and continue to make parodies, that's what your good at, whether it's funny or not.

monkeygogogo
monkeygogogo

Peter Coffin is definite the type of self-centered, narcissistic loser who has convinced himself that the INTERNET will believe that there is someone out there who is SOOO infatuated with him that they will create a fake persona to maintain an 8 month online relationship with him. Dream on, Peter. Not only is Kimi not real, we're not buying that there is someone out there who thinks you're important enough to fake-date for 8 months. He obviously thinks he's some important celebrity. Seriously, he talks in his videos as though people give a fuck and he has a smug expression in every one of his pictures as though he's God's gift to comedy and women.

WellDoneSaid
WellDoneSaid

Maybe, if enough of these things happen and individuals get called out for their actions on the internet, it will put a damper on the "Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory" action that has saturated EVERYWHERE you can leave a semi-anonymous post or comment. As an example, Youtube is like a pool of scum now, it sickens me.

Benoskelley
Benoskelley

I know that suing Peter himself is pointless, because Xiao is after someone who uses comedy to entertain people, not act serious all the time, but that's life when it bites you in the back, I'll stop posting now, I'm boring you to you death or something. :p I'll bookmark when I see updates from people or trolls.

Benoskelley
Benoskelley

I know I'm doing alot of comments here. But money is money. Youtube sellouts, so what. As long as you know whose the real scammers. Like Brett Keane.

But we do these things, just to please us, Peter Coffin did wrong, and pay for it. Take a break, and come back later on, but then trolls would be on the waiting list of spamming his page. Oh I'm a fan, but I don't know he should of trolled her in the first place, Xiao could kept things secret, even for herself, to be a troll.

Benoskelley
Benoskelley

But you know it's youtube, people sell out, and want money, Xiao just wanted to sue him, so she get revenge and get money from him for his success on youtube.

Benoskelley
Benoskelley

Well the girl should of had plastic surgery, Peter Coffin, successful troll is successful in some ways, even so the girl is a stalker and tries to get him back. They are both bad people. either way. But Peter was doing it for the lulz anyway.

Tomwilson123
Tomwilson123

what a sad nigga. he decide to go to war against a girl online and got his ass whop . what a fking noob. go do something useful with life instead of fking harassing people and then he get own and he can't handle the heat.

Muu
Muu

I have no pity for this man. He had the nerve to repeatedly insult a little girl (her youtube acc: Xiaorishu), even though she defended him in this drama.

Amy
Amy

If he's trying to gain sympathy, he definitely won't find any from me.

Why should a man whose been trying to dupe his massive Internet following for MONTHS, while in process of spewing racist and bigoted trash under an assumed virtual identity, be let off easy?

He wanted fame, plain and simple, and now that it's not working to his favor, we should feel sorry for him? He should take his own an advice: unplug and stay offline.

Jocyl Ganzon Macasa
Jocyl Ganzon Macasa

Jesus H Christ. It's hard to feel sorry for Peter Coffin really. I want to, but I can't. I'm an Asian woman and reading his rude sexist jokes... man... I think you know what I mean. Disappear Peter. Take a year-two years off from the forums and blogs. I think your one of the biggest losers alive but I'd hate to think that this incident will push you to suicide. Just get a friggin life and quit hating on other people. Jokes are not meant to be derogatory and obnoxious you know, look what it had cost you: your dignity. Laughter need not be on other people expense. I feel sorry for Lee Na Young really. just pray to God she does not sue.

Penzballstomper
Penzballstomper

This isn't funny anymore. This guy is just fucked up in the head.

brookNAM brotha
brookNAM brotha

Damn dude, you quit your job to pursue a career as a youtube comedian. You incurred the wrath of Xiaxue, not knowing that she has a huge international following. I guess, the allure of Asian females has now faded...not that you really ever had a chance of getting an Asian GF to begin with. hell, you could barely maintain a relationship with the one you conjured up, lol. I mean they're not exactly lining the blocks to get with a jobless, small peened, chubby Jewish boy. Why the obsessive hate toward Kim Kardashian? Jelly that you thought you could get with her with your youtube "celebrity" status, only to be crushed that Ray J laid the real pipe and provided her with pleasure that you could never provide pretty much...any woman? Look man, save yourself and just admit that you made Kimi Kobayashi up by stalking the poor chick's photo album. 

Jon
Jon

Coffin's mental illness of making up a girlfriend is much less severe than Xiaxue's mental illness of 1.) conducting detailed research into a guy who posted a couple of nasty tweets at her and 2.) mutilating herself with plastic surgery until she doesn't look Asian any more and trying to make a living out of it.

And my only point in saying that is this: the story isn't "loser gets owned," it's "contest between two losers for no reward."

minx
minx

Peter just doesn't know how to let go of the shovel that digs his grave. Even before this whole mess happened, this guy was obviously insecure about the number of rejections he has gotten from women which is probably the reason why he really is a douchebag to beautiful made-up women. But seriously Peter, a fake girl friend? Do you think that admitting to a CYBER girlfriend that you haven't even met the whole year you were dating is any better?

Shmuberry
Shmuberry

sad sad... well he had it coming: he went ahead and attacked people on twitter for no reason not only Xiaxue btw, he even attacked power Youtuber Ray William Johnson. One got fed up and this happened, I have no sympathy for him.

Like Xiaxue said : "Who the fuck pokes a sleeping dragon in the eye and thinks, oh ok, the dragon is much bigger than me so it SHOULD forgive me and be nice!"

Trellock
Trellock

All of the worst things I heard about the internet are true? Indeed.. Peter Coffin is the worst thing I heard about the internet.

Stephanie
Stephanie

The whole of womankind and Asians were hurt. His insults were degrading and to make it seem as if it came out of a woman's mouth??? You could say, but everyone's doing it, what would the absence of one bastard change the situation? Then I could say he is a hateful person. What difference would one less person hating him make?

This Is Funny
This Is Funny

You're all fucking stupid.Both peter and xiao are douchebags, in this case xiao actually uses douchebags.The only real victim here is the girl in the picture we know as "kimi someshit"

For all i know, Peter is going to suicide.XiaoXiu is going to die of plastic surgery. In the end, No1 really gives a shit about these 2 trolls.

anqs
anqs

not many people even know who d f coffin peter was, i'd say xiaxue totally upped his status in the internet world! in a bad way of course, but he is still lgetting the limelight like he had never gotten before.

KarenMiech
KarenMiech

I don't pity him. He got what he deserved.

Peter Coffin
Peter Coffin

"But the internet is full of bad comedians, racists and lonely people."Isn't this exactly what Peter Coffin is? He spent 8 months sending psuedo-racist jokes back and forth to himself on the internet.

You fail to understand that Peter has spent his entire youtube career talking down to people, and that he has somewhat brought this upon himself with his unnecessary and consistent personal attacks on Xiaxue.

It has been said before but the real issue here is that a lie such as this (a fake relationship) would be easily exposed as a lie by any friends Peter had in his personal life. The fact that this was allowed to grow as much as it did without anyone in his personal life talking to him about it or asking him to stop shows that Peter may not have a great deal of friends. Worrying times for the guy.

S. Lee
S. Lee

It's not that he made a "fake girlfriend", because that is actually a victimless crime. I would definitely think that this is too far if it were for that. It's the fact that he stole those pictures from an innocent girl's website. He plagiarized her photos, and created a vulgar, disgusting persona from it. Sure, many people know now that "Kimi" is not real, and is not Lee NaYoung. But some people may not. And even one person who still associates the vile persona of Kimi with Lee NaYoung is one person too many. I don't think most of the "cyber bullies" are as outraged about that as I am, but in my opinion, the "bullying" peter has received somewhat makes up for his slander of Lee NaYoung's face. Let's take out Lee NaYoung from the picture for a second. If it's just a fake persona, it's not even that bad. Many writers publish their work under a pseudonym, some actors' early works credit them with a nickname. But Peter made racist jokes about asians with an "asian face", so to speak. He's entitled to his own opinion, and displaying his opinion. But when one displays it, they must be prepared to meet and deal with the reactions of those who come across their opinions. It's more "acceptable" for someone to "make fun" of their own race, group, etc. If you believe your opinion strongly enough to put it in writing, then you should be prepared to stand by it and take whatever critiques are thrown at you because of it. It's cowardly to hide behind a mask, like Peter did behind "Kimi".Oh yeah, and I don't believe for a second that he didn't create Kimi.

itsme
itsme

Are there still people who actually believe "Kimi" is not him? lol

Drummerrush1
Drummerrush1

So when he met kimi in dec 2009 she must have been a minor? Or how long has she been 18? Now I'm grossed out even more as he started an imaginary relationship with someone under age!!

blueberry1979
blueberry1979

mmm.. im asian and i do not condone how peter bashes people like me around... he deserves this... BUT.... wendy cheng or xiau xie still looks like plastic.. yes.. paris hilton wanna be... she actually considers herself blonde... and then prances around saying she is is as asian to the core and will not allow to be criticized for being asian.. i mean it's okay to dye you're hair, but really considering that you are blonde makes me think she wants to be more like a white chick rather than being asian.... now that is called a hypocrite.. hope one day she gets what she deserves too.. but right now, peter's coffin has been sealed shut

Stupidface
Stupidface

never heard of this guy. must be a douche

Fadfa
Fadfa

Oh and in case Peter didn't already know. The girl who's picture you STOLE aka "Kimi Kobayashi" has had multiple plastic surgeries and IN FACT wears plenty of makeup.

It's pretty hilarious if you read how "Kimi" responded to people questioning her identity.

Fkdlfalf
Fkdlfalf

Peter claims "Kimi Kobayashi" duped him. However, prior to this he (and "she") have said multiple things that proves physical contact. Kimi Kobayashi claims Peter likes to insert carrots in her and constantly talks about being a whore and just plain sick things. Peter constantly used "Kimi" to joke about race talking about "beating the shit out of her" ect. I feel so sorry for the girl who's picture was stolen. Looking back at the "Kimi Kobayashi" persona its so embarrassing to be portrayed in such way.

Peter was a "cyberbully" before this. On his youtube page he would tell other people to "get a REAL girlfriend" ect. He would constantly provoke people on twitter. I think he got his karma.

Peter, seriously quit crying.

Hai
Hai

he posted he sat next to her in real life. good job.

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