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

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Peter Coffin
Strap in tight for this extremely strange, slightly complicated internet tale: Peter Coffin is an aspiring comedian on YouTube who picked a fight with the wrong blogger. Xiaxue, also known as Wendy Cheng, is the Singaporean writer proceeding to possibly ruin Coffin's life, beginning yesterday in a post titled "Peter Coffin is a loser," after Coffin made hateful comments on Twitter to Xiaxue about her appearance, specifically her recent nose job. When Xiaxue blocked Coffin, she was then attacked online by a woman named "Kimi Kobayashi," who appeared to be Coffin's girlfriend, at least on the internet. Then it all unraveled: Kobayashi is fake and may very well be Coffin himself. Embarrassing evidence of their "relationship," though, is now strewn far and wide across the web.

Xiaxue has exhaustively chronicled the case of Kobayashi on her blog, complete with screenshot after screenshot of suspicious interactions between the supposed Japanese woman and her comedian boyfriend. Under the Twitter name @Kim_Kobayashi, since closed down, someone posted many photos of a woman claiming to be Kimi, complete with captions (usually Asian jokes) and wrote endless one-liners sounding suspiciously like Peter Coffin's own humor.

Though she appeared to be an 18-year-old Japanese girl living in New York, many photos of Kobayashi supposedly taken in Japan included Korean text in the background. Xiaxue thinks she figured out who the woman in the photos is: "Her name is Lee Na Young. She is not Japanese, probably not 18, not Kimi Kobayashi, and most definitely not dating Peter Coffin!"

From there, Xiaxue continues to pile on evidence that Coffin was in fact running two online personae, one as himself and one pretending to be his own girlfriend.

Conversations between Kobayashi and Coffin take place on a variety of platforms, including Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube, and range from racist jokes to sexual innuendo. Kobayashi's Asian race is constantly mentioned and mocked. Based on Xiaxue's online detective work, Coffin was "dating" Kobayashi for eight months.

On his own Twitter account, Coffin attempted to defend himself, writing that he was fooled by someone pretending to be Kobayashi. He's not entirely believable:

I attempted to stop this privately with Xiaxue, who she seems quite intent on ruining me. Kimi is not me, I'm not sure who she is.

I honestly wanted to work it out, but you can't make something real. I want her to be real. Desperately, even. In fact, that is all I want.

But at this moment, you are attacking me for making something up. I didn't. I don't even know how to put what has happened to me.

You can say what you'd like, but you need to know that yes. I did something blind, stupid and embarrassing hanging on to someone...

I didn't know that long. But I didn't invent this. I wish I had, but I didn't.

Listen, if I were that mentally ill to make her up, I'd be dead right now. I didn't. I'm heartbroken and just dead inside.

I'm not even asking you to do anything. You wanted my explanation, you have it. I probably won't be posting again for a while. Peace.

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Kimi Kobayashi
A follow-up post from Xiaxue reveals that Coffin sent her a "Cease and Desist Letter" claiming defamation under Singaporean law. The law he cites is incorrect, but Coffin just threw more fuel on the fire, allowing Xiaxue the opportunity to make more fun of him and to cite more examples of interactions between Coffin and the fake Kobayashi.

For instance: "What is the perfect penis size?" someone anonymously asks Kobayashi online. "Peter Coffin can show you," she responds.

Now, Coffin has taken to the internet news site and message board Reddit to answer questions and defend his honor, maintaining that he did not create Kobayashi. The hive mind does not believe him, mostly because he is not convincing. We reached out to Coffin requesting his side of the story and he pointed us to Reddit, where he says he will be answering questions all evening.

There are few possibilities here about what's really going on:

1) Peter Coffin is a weird, sick man: he made up a girlfriend and maintained her online presence, outing himself as culturally, socially and sexually ignorant in the process.

2) Another anonymous person made it their mission to trick and embarrass Peter Coffin, only to be outed by a third party, Xiaxue.

3) Xiaxue and Peter Coffin have together created one of the most elaborate internet performance art/hoaxes we've ever seen and are now enjoying the attention together.

But it sure looks like Coffin is the fool here -- racist, misogynistic and now completely embarrassed. And yet, masochistic, because instead of retreating, he's continuing to fight it. It's totally possible he gets off on the attention.

In addition to all of the evidence Xiaxue puts up about Coffin being Kobayashi, the name Kimi Kobayashi sure does sound a lot like Kim Kardashian, a frequent target of Coffin's comedy scorn. No matter who's clowning who, Coffin clearly has some complex issues with reality and women, specifically beautiful women, women open about their relationships with plastic surgery and Asians.

In this case, all of the worst things you've ever heard about the internet are true. Now, as the pile-on picks up from Twitter to Reddit and beyond, let's hope Coffin calms down, shuts his computer and gets some help, so this story doesn't come with a tragic ending.

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

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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On a need to know basis ONLY
On a need to know basis ONLY

Hmm... How did I get here? I don't even know these people... Wow how the internet and its links takes you on journeys eh.

Xia is a slut
Xia is a slut

I just think peter coffin could of made a alt account, that way, his real persona would of not been exposed, and no would care but seen "some guy" trolling the shit of her, saying all that stuff. So he would been a real troll, and not someone whose a paranoid barbie doll trying to act like she's after his life. So none of this would of made any internet news. Thanks Peter, you dun goofed. At least he isn't kicking her. if you know what I mean. That video he made, I laughed, and felt bad after, just for the lulz.

I rather Peter stay off the internet for some time now, and do good in the world, pay back what he did.

Despo arse
Despo arse

Watahell was that ?? He's just basically a sadistic, racist, egoistic fool whose actually so despo to the degree that he makes a fake blog, fake twitter acc about a non existing woman .. HAHAHAHA I BET HE CAN'T FIND A GIRLFRIEND MAN

Guesguest
Guesguest

hahahah wow, what a loser. unbelievable what the internet spawns.

Killwilly
Killwilly

I agree with PSchniddy0231's hypothesis and, to go a step further, wonder if Xiaxue aka Wendy Cheng is any more real than Kimi Kobayashi and not part of this art/publicity hoax?

Bonasnide
Bonasnide

Check out this blog:

http://inthewarbetween.blogspo...

She tells the whole story as it unfolds. Screenshots, quotes, Twitter messages, it's all there. Even Peter masquerading as another blogger 'I Just DGAF" to try to defend himself as a third party. It is crazy. Just read this blog as she has uncovered everything... it is so obvious that he has made this chick up. and follow the links, too. she has cited all of her sources.

Great investigative blogging, actually.

SadMan
SadMan

I've seen "Kimi Kobayashi" somewhere before... Search up "Sora Aoi" and compare their faces.

Asd
Asd

Its Lee Na Young dummy.

Ganja
Ganja

Hmmm Kobayashi... sounds a lot like Coffin has been watching The Usual Suspects for inspiration...

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Hello, Kobayashi is a reference to one of the greatest films ever made, "The usual suspects", where the character (a con man) spins a yarn based on the objects and words he sees in the room.

Asshat
Asshat

I want to know one thing. Why the FUCK should I care? Oh, right, I don't...

PSchniddy0231
PSchniddy0231

Hahahaha, I know Peter Coffin. If anything, I would actually say that this is a ridiculous performance art/hoax and he's getting off on the attention. What else would you expect from the man who kicks himself in the nuts? Looks like he's succeeding to me, I never thought he'd get famous, but thanks, New York News, you're giving him all the fame he's ever wanted.

blahblah
blahblah

It goes: throw more fuel on the fire. So THREW is correct.

Grammar Police
Grammar Police

typo: The law he cites is incorrect, but Coffin just *threw* through more fuel on the fire

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