Xiaxue vs Peter Coffin: Twitter War & Fake Girlfriend
Web Comedian Peter Coffin vs Singapore Model Xiaxue
This is an interesting online feud: Xiaxue vs. Peter Coffin. It started on Twitter, but expanded from there. Youtube comedian Peter Coffin took a swipe at Singapore model Xiaxue (photos: born Wendy Cheng, she's a former reality star and blogger/writer), taking issue with her recent plastic surgery:
Congrats to @Xiaxue on being one step closer to an unattainable goal as well as being a shit role model. The wrong people succeed sometimes.
Xiaxue responded, and Peter Coffin responded to the response (twice), and Xiaxue blocked him, and that should have been the end of the story. It wasn't. a Twitter user called @kimi_kobayashi, purporting to be Peter Coffin's girlfriend, began insulting Xiaxue, who noticed a similarity in the tweet style. She figured that Kimi Kobayashi was a sock puppet for Peter Coffin himself.
Who is Kimi Kobayashi?
Xiaxue, who enjoys huge online popularity in Singapore, called Peter Coffin out for trolling, and investigated his relationship with @kimi_kobayashi (account no longer exists). I'll point to Xiaxue's blog post for all the details, but basically Kimi Kobayashi isn't a real person. She's not even Japanese: her online persona consists photos taken from the website of a Korean woman named Lee Na Young.
"Kimi" and Peter never appear together in a photo. "Kobayashi" and Coffin have a long, involved Twitter history, from flirting to arguing to declarations of love. None of it is real.
The story hit Reddit, and is creeping from the Twitterati fringe to the mainstream. To be clear, I'm not sure how famous either Xiaxue or Peter Coffin was before this, as I'd heard of neither of them before seeing the Reddit item.
What's strange (and this has been pointed out by several people who followed the story) is that none of Peter Coffin's friends or followers noticed that he had what amounts to an imaginary girlfriend.
Xiaxue wrote that Peter Coffin responded to her blog post with what looks like a lawyer's nastygram, but it was sent from his own gmail account, and (if the email is real) points to an irrelevant Singapore law.
What Next for Peter Coffin?
Peter Coffin threw a brick at Xiaxue, and she responded with a nuclear bomb: this is dire news for Coffin's online credibility. While a few are defending him, the general response on Twitter is that he is either a troll or insane.
Peter Coffin has since confirmed that Kimi Kobayashi does not exist. He says, though, that he thought that Kimi Kobayashi was real, and that he is as duped as the rest of his followers. This raises more questions than it answers: for example, why would such a web-savvy adult be so willing to fall for a girl with no tangible real-world presence, even if we buy that it's some sort of long-distance thing?
Peter Coffin is backing away from Twitter, though nobody knows for how long.