WARNING: This development may be vomit-inducing.
This isn’t the kind of news I wanted to see.
If you don’t know who Chris Chan (a.k.a. Christian Weston Chandler, a.k.a. Christine Chandler) is, Chris Chan is the author of the infamous Sonichu series of webcomics, which initially stars a mashup character inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokémon’s Pikachu. Chris Chan, who currently identifies as a transgender woman, has become famous online for the webcomic, and for how poorly he has responded to trolls.
While it’s true that Chris is autistic, he only has a mild case of autism, so his many poor choices are for a lack of genuine wisdom.
Just last week, Chris Chan started trending after Kiwi Farms user Null has come forward with text messages, allegedly from Chris Chan, confiding in the recipient that Chris has sexually assaulted a woman named “Barb”, who is believed to be Chris’ elderly mother, who has dementia.
Since then, Chris Chan has been detained, subsequently released, but is now barred from his own home, where his mother resides.
There are a couple possible mitigating factors to consider. For one thing, that the crime is alleged. Another is that Chris may have confessed to a crime he did not commit.
Chris does get trolled by a group of people who are collectively referred to as the “Idea Guys”, so named because they take advantage of Chris’ gullibility to convince him to say or do some inadvisable things. Chris believes in numerous delusions, such as that there are multiple dimensions, which are a likely product of the Idea Guys’ influence.
If Chris really did commit the crime in question, it’s possible that he might implicate the Idea Guys for their influence. If not, he might still come forward with claims that he was being extorted into producing the messages. Having said that, I’ve read the messages in part, and they seem convincing (and graphic, which is something to consider if you’re thinking about reading them for yourself).
I’ve been following Chris’ antics over the course of years, but with the hope that he could, in time, turn matters around for himself, and live a better life as a result. Making this an unlikely outcome is that Chris has interpreted advice as an attack against himself, even if well-worded. There isn’t much that can be done to help someone who thinks like that, but if Chris could turn things around for himself, that could give hope to just about anyone who is in a pretty bad spot, whether or not it’s through fault of their own.
This makes the latest drama involving Chris even more disappointing. At this rate, it’s likely that the guy is going to wind up living in an institution. It might not be ideal, but it might be the protection needed for someone who apparently lacks the ability to make the decisions needed to properly take care of himself.
It’s a disturbing turn of events, but Chris’ life has been zany and sad. His parents didn’t properly prepare him for the real world, and this was how things have developed.