It may surprise some that I added myself to the fan page of Jason Hawes on Facebook. I’m an outspoken critic of Hawes, as well as the show on SyFy he stars in, “Ghost Hunters.” So why would I add myself to his fan page?
To put it simply: I like seeing what the paranormal celebrities are up to. I can check out what they’re thinking, see what kind of drama they’re getting themselves involved in, and make fun of them for all of it. It is in the spirit of the latter that I am writing this post today.
A night or two ago, Mr. Hawes wrote a status update on his fan page that I found particularly interesting. Where typically his offerings are quite banal, this one had a little substance to it. Here it is, copied word for word, from his Facebook account:
I love how some people “who are supposedly in the field for their passion” get all angry when you don’t put them on the show and then make lies And try to attack you. Shows the real colors of some. Good riddence to bad trash. Truths shall prevail.
I could make fun of him for his bad spelling and seeming inability to understand punctuation or sentence structure. I won’t. That’s just too easy. But whenever a paranormal personality who has made his name and money off of fakery talks about “passion” or “truths,” well, I just feel compelled to reply.
And so I did. Granted, my lone comment was buried in the middle of an avalanche of TAPS True Believers (TTBs) and a plethora of others whose sole motivation seems to be to kiss as much “para-celeb” ass as possible. But I hoped some of them would read what I had to say and think. Or, just go bananas and attack me for it. That can be hilarious as well.
Now, before I can continue, I think it is only fair that I admit I have no idea who Mr. Hawes was referring to in his post. I don’t follow “the field” as closely as I once did, so I am admittedly out of the loop on the gossip. It seems to be someone he knows personally; maybe one of the former contest winners still waiting to be a regular? I really have no idea. More than that, I don’t really care. I just found his argument grandiose, not to mention hypocritical.
You see, I love how some people “who are supposedly in the field for their passion” are on television shows faking evidence, and then telling other people that they just hate the paranormal if you don’t give them the benefit of the doubt. That is what happened during the so-called “Collargate” scandal during the live Halloween episode of Ghost Hunters in 2008. So rife with fraud was that particular episode that the message boards on the website of their own network were resorting to deleting comments and banning users who dared to ask questions and demand answers for what they had seen. Hawes, and his faithfully fraudulent counterpart, Grant Wilson, took so much flak that Wilson himself took the asinine step of writing a blog on his Myspace page accusing the people who dared to question them of just hating the paranormal field. Wrong move, cretin. They took so much more criticism for that PR screwup that Grant ended up deleting his post altogether.
I love how some people “who are supposedly in the field for their passion” organize conferences like TAPSCON2 with hucksters like Brent Fair, collecting money from attendees and signing deals with assorted speakers, only to cancel the event and skip out on the bill. Many folks who had planned to attend, both as fans and hired speakers, are still waiting to be reimbursed for expenses approximately two years later. But, it’s all good, gang. Because Hawes himself disavows all responsibility for the event, even though Brent Fair worked for TAPS, Hawes had agreed to appear, and you know…the event was named after the group Hawes started. Yeah, right. Jason Hawes had nothing to do with the event at all. Takes no responsibility. I guess that really puts the CON in TAPSCON.
I love how some people “who are supposedly in the field for their passion” buy inns, have them labeled HAUNTED by a related television paranormal team, then have colleagues like cryptozoologist Loren Coleman report on Bigfoot sightings in the area…all in an apparent effort to drive in business on false pretenses. Yes, come one and come all. If you don’t have a ghostly encounter in your room, fear not! Just outside your window, Sasquatch may be wandering by. Just above the roof, perhaps an extraterrestrial spacecraft is hovering around. Or maybe, just maybe…it’s all a big scam cooked up by the founders of TAPS to show how “passionate” they are about “the field.”
I love how these passionate individuals have a magazine named after them that promotes their own show, allows an open forum for other fraudulent paranormal pickpockets and exploiters of emotionally disturbed children like Chip Coffey and, quite frankly, sucks as a publication. Within the last year, subscribers to the magazine were not receiving new issues and were having a hell of a hard time getting anyone to listen to their concerns or give refunds. And to top it all off, until just a few days ago, it was edited by Scotty Roberts, a tarot card reading psychic who, in his own words, “facilitates messages that are delivered.” Yes, all this and more from TAPS, the paranormal team who never works with psychics.
But remember, folks, Jason Hawes is in it for his passion. He is so passionate about the paranormal that the Beyond Reality events he attends, helps to produce, and markets charge up to $270 to the hardworking, middle class fans of his show to come hear them “lecture” to you about how to use bad science, be sadly unskeptical, and maybe even “investigate” alongside them as they deceive you right before your very eyes. All that PLUS get the opportunity to buy their overpriced, poorly made merchandise so you can be a walking billboard for them wherever you go.
Well, you get the picture, don’t you? Yes, Mr. Hawes, “truths shall prevail,” indeed. Unfortunately the lies and deceptions being exposed are all coming from your direction. The real “bad trash” that needs disposing of in the paranormal community is you and TAPS.
Thanks for reading.