Jason Hawes is a Lying Piece of Shit or: Why TAPS fucking sucks

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.

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12 thoughts on “Jason Hawes is a Lying Piece of Shit or: Why TAPS fucking sucks

  1. Nice blog but I feel it is wasted on those of blind faith in the TV shows. However, for the rest of us I think we already know how they roll. My favorite was Bottlegate! The Meatloaf episode where his water bottle was moved in the bathroom. I guess if you were blind then you have the excuse of not seeing the window closed when he was in there and the window open when the bottle was moved. Making it obvious that someone moved it from outside. I guess the worst part of the shows is not the faking but the inability to make it believable. How hard is it to figure out that you need to undo everything you did, like close a window.I find the shows laughable and feel no personal affront by what they do. I do wonder about the people that blindly defend them though. I wonder why they would defend those who purposefully & obviously use them to bolster their claims of false authenticity. They almost never find anything (because the camera is always on them and not where they are looking)and what they claim is paranormal is obviously not, if one has any intelligence at all. However is all fairness the TV shows should be grouped as a whole in this. Although GH is the front runner they all do the same things.

  2. I do agree. I don't actually expect anything I write to convince what me and my friends call TAPS True Believers (TTBs). I rarely watch any paranormal programming anymore, but when I do I can't help but laugh at the silliness of it all. You've spelled out my thoughts just about perfectly, actually. I just felt like writing something this morning, and had this idea in mind, haha. Thanks for reading, and for your comment.

  3. Well done Jason. I fear that if I went to the haunted Inn, I would be as disappointed in my visit as to when I went to Disney-world and failed to see the real Micky Mouse, they were all fakes!NyackMitch

  4. umm well i watch taps,and do enjoy the show,i have a team of my own so like to keep in the loop,of course they sell their stuff,so would i,they have a tv show with maybe millions of followers,i dont 😦 ..but i would sell it to fuck too..i dont agree with ripping people off but then again theyve made a few quid,so passion probably dosnt count anymore,only viewers,merchndise,and ratings,sad but true…i enjoyed reading the blog though..thankyou x oh and i dont know how to do the who wrote this comment box thing under this comment but i am not anonymous my name is paula and my group is isca exeter,we are on fb..

  5. I just happen to think turning what was a unique and interesting hobby into a multi million dollar business killed a lot of the enjoyment. But I probably wouldn't even mind that as much if TAPS followed any of the scientific principles they claim to be so well versed in. Still, I appreciate your comment, even if your opinions differ from mine. You're welcome to drop by anytime.

  6. I enjoyed the blog… I do watch the show- I never realized the bottlegate thing- so that was great news.Now Chip Coffey- you just HAD to rail on Chip Coffey. That is UNFUCKINGFORGIVEABLE you sonofabitch. Heh Heh… I think Coffey is the real deal. Seriously. Queer as a 3 dollar bill, but definitely psychic. And I actually like the show where he helps out li'l psychic outcasts…

  7. Had to. Had to do it. Besides, I'm still waiting on him to fulfill his promise to me to get me on the set of Paranormal State so I could report the facts of what goes on. Well, not really…I never expected it. Especially not after I asked Shannon Sylvia about it when I interviewed her and she told me he has promised that same deal to a bunch of people critical of Paranormal State…never ever coming through.

  8. OK – Paranormal State- I liked the first 3 seasons. Man it really sucks now. I mean I watched one episode where they just drove to Mt. St. Helens area and went to the Chamber of Commerce to find some place that was "haunted." Then they spent a couple days investigating some restaurant that was supposedly haunted. They are reaching now. And not doing their homework. Maybe Ryan has been spending more time "socially" now that he officially told everyone about his bisexualness. Hell I knew it season 1 episode 2.

  9. Hmmm…I just read on a sociopath website, that sociopaths are often bi-sexual. But I just cannot conceive of Ryan being a sociopath…

  10. @GROOVER – I think the last episode I watched was something like "The Return of I Am Six." So ridiculous I couldn't even watch it to laugh at it anymore.@Anonymous – I had not heard that about sociopaths. I think of Buell as more of a narcissist, personally.

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