Note on Credibility:
Barbara Chandler has been deemed to be an unreliable narrator for the following reasons:
|“||I am close to my mother, but I would advise some space between you and your mother. And I recommend finding yourself a Girlfriend/Sweetheart to remain with in your later years of life. Mama's not gonna be around forever.||”|
|Chris feigns giving advice to a Sonichu fan.|
|“||She threatens to kill me in her episode of emotional rage.||”|
|Chris on Barb.|
|“||Barbara was more of a “Guilty Pleasure” waifu||”|
|Chris roleplaying as Magi-Chan, demonstrating his Oedipal complex.|
|Date of birth||October 1, 1941|
|Also known as||Barb|
|Birth name||Barbara Ann Weston|
|Occupation||Magician's assistant (1967-1976)|
Office worker (retired)
|Spouse||Ran Coleman Yeatts Sr.(1961–1963, divorce)|
Walter Jerome Harmon Jr. (1968-1980)
Robert Franklin Chandler, Jr. (1980–2011, his death)
|Children||Joseph Cole Smithey|
Christian Weston Chandler
|Mother||Carrie Edna Wynn (1911–1967)|
|Father||Joseph Otto "Joe" Weston (1896–1955)|
|Saga||Early Childhood, Nathaniel Greene, GAMePLACe, Julie, Emily, Liquid, Asperchu, Second Exile, Incest|
Barbara Ann Chandler (née Weston, formerly Yeatts and Smithey; born 1 October 1941) is the widow of Bob Chandler and the mother of Christian Weston Chandler and Cole Smithey. The sole recognition for her motherly qualities is the Mother of the Year 2000 Award Chris created for her. She has not won the award since, although Chris did have other, more twisted "gifts" in mind for his mother over twenty years later.
Though Bob has remained relatively popular with Trolls and Christorians alike, the same cannot be said for Barbara, who has been consistently disliked by nearly everyone but Chris and her late husband – with many members of her own family distancing themselves from her at least since at least the funeral of one of Chris's aunts. Whereas Bob eventually recognized his shortcomings as a parent to Chris and attempted to correct them late into his life, Barbara has consistently been one of the biggest enablers of Chris's bad behavior since he was a child, on top of emotionally manipulating, threatening, and on occasion physically abusing him (elements which Chris would turn around and use on her later in her life). Barbara has been instrumental in turning Chris into the spoiled manchild that he is, and like Bob before her, has encouraged him not to seek a serious career path in favor of getting welfare off of his condition, in spite of the fact that he could get a minimum-wage job and still qualify for welfare.
It has long been suspected that she has some form of narcissistic personality disorder, which goes hand-in-hand with what we know about her neglectful to abusive relationship with Chris, along with his half-brother Cole Smithey, who received a much worse treatment from her. Her hoarding habits also indirectly lead to the 2014 house fire, as sparks from a coffee maker that had no business being plugged into an extension cord in the bathroom burned the paper, plastic, and wood in the room before engulfing the house, and much of the Financhu Crisis is subsequently on her. Nonetheless, Chris remains unaware of just how bad a parent she's been to him, and he continues to cling to her in an Oedipal fashion (to a horrifying degree, as we'd later find out) as she approaches death's door, and he's no closer to becoming a self-sufficient adult two decades after graduating high school.
For much of the Classic Era of Christory, Barbara was extremely obese and napped a lot (earning her the nickname "Snorlax", after the fat, sleepy Pokémon of the same name), but she has since shed a ton of weight in her twilight years. This sharp loss of weight, loss of hair color, and knowledge of her son's status as a living internet meme all factored into her role in appearing in multiple begging videos, alongside reportedly playing up senility for the camera to manipulate viewers into paying for donations. (Whether or not Barb was "just acting" senile remains unclear, particularly with later events in mind.) Unfortunately, much like her son, she spends most of the donations that she receives on frivolous crap rather than working to resolve her mounting debt that which will be placed upon Chris after she kicks the bucket.
Nonetheless, some offered sympathy to Barb in light of some incredibly dark revelations late into her life. Near the end of July 2021, Chris told Isabella Loretta Janke that he began an incestuous relationship with Barbara, long speculated to be suffering from some form of degenerative brain disease, which Chris later indicated was possible; by extension could mean that she may have been unable to consent with her son. Audio of this revelation quickly leaked out to the internet at large. Chris previously told Null that he'd found a boyfriend-free girl over the age of 50 who was an accountant years ago – details which match up with a description of who Barb is – leading Null to believe that Chris found a girlfriend who he didn't want people to find out about before eventually realizing that Chris screwed his own mother. Following this horrifying news, Null severed his ties with Chris, and the damage done was swift and immeasurable as both Chris and Barb were vacated from 14 Branchland Court and separated by the authorities, with Barb being placed under medical care and Chris being sent to jail, awaiting trial.
Barb returned to her residence at some point in August 2021, apparently appearing more rattled than usual. In an October 2021 letter to a fan, Chris mentioned that he had received a letter from Barb during his stay in jail. A November 2021 letter to Kengle revealed that Barb was involved in a car crash claiming that she had suffered two broken ribs and a concussion, and has since been at the mercy of senior caregivers and extended family members who had never wanted to see her ever again until hearing about what she'd been through. This was later confirmed by a CarFax report and Barb being charged with Fail to Yield Right-of-Way for the incident.
Spelling of name
Barbara's high school yearbook and both her marriage licenses spell her full maiden name as Barbara Ann Weston, as do other sources like Harvey Powers's genealogical website (her divorce decree omits the middle name entirely). Chris, however, usually (though not consistently) spells her name as Barbara Anne Weston Chandler with an e. This may be because he believes she is named after Anne Boleyn.
|“||Her life was a Redneck Simple Country one. She had mastered sewing, mending and making clothes and other farm-life facets and Church-Going habits.||”|
|Chris describes his mother's childhood|
Barbara is the fifth child (out of eight) of Joseph Otto "Joe" Weston, a farmer (1896–1955) and Carrie Edna Wynn (1911–1967). They married in 1926 when Carrie was either 14 or 15 years old and Joseph was 29 or 30. Otto died in 1955, after falling from a horse-drawn wagon. Barb's maternal grandfather was an alcoholic moonshiner, who carried out affairs and failed to provide even the most basic support for her mother's family. For whatever reason, Barb believes that she is descended from Anne Boleyn, but this is impossible given that Elizabeth I, Boleyn's only daughter, died without an heir. She also thinks that a more recent ancestor named Daniel Weston boarded the Mayflower, but no such person exists.
Barb grew up on a low-income farming household in Red Oak, Virginia, a rural area in the far south of the state. An early memory from when she was two years old was seeing her father covered in silver paint, having fallen off the roof while painting it and nearly killed himself (had he been drinking on the job?). She graduated from Randolph-Henry High School in Charlotte Court House, Virginia in 1960. Due to family poverty, she was obliged to sew her own clothing. While at Randolph-Henry, she was treasurer of her school's chapter of the Future Homemakers of America, a member of the Randolph-Henry bus patrol, a typist for her school yearbook, The Log, a member of both the Spanish Club and the Library Club, as well as the Monogram Club and a cheerleader. She was also a member of many other school organizations, suggesting that she was very involved in extracurricular activities while in high school. She was also known for her perfect attendance record from her sophomore through her senior years of high school. According to her senior yearbook, her nickname in high school was Bobcat.
Barb had two boyfriends in high school, one of whom was Tom Ashby, who would later marry her younger sister Harriet. According to a Facebook status Chris wrote on 29 January 2012, Barbara lost her virginity during her high school years. Why Chris knows this is anyone's guess, although it's possible that he learned the basic principles of Honest Content from Mommy Dearest. In a letter from 10 May 2022, however, Chris denies that Barbara ever had sex with her high school boyfriends, although he claims that her sisters accused her of doing so.
Shortly after graduating from high school in 1960, Barb left Red Oak and "decided to set off on her own... in search for romance and her future". Apparently she left in order to go to college, breaking off her relationship with Tom, who was one year her junior. After Barb moved away, "her siblings, cousins, and others in Redoak" began to spread rumors about her and call her a slut in her absence. Around this time her mother also disowned her. As it turned out, her relationship with her family would never get much better. Barb's relationship with Harriet and Tom is especially strained. Chris stated in a leaked video that he and his mother are not liked by the members of the Weston family who have outlived Corrina.
According to Chris, Barb majored in "accounting and numbers". Where Barb attended college is unknown, but it may have been Wake Forest College, where her first husband Ran Coleman Yeatts was studying at the time. Wherever it was, she probably dropped out in 1961, when he graduated and married her. Her marriage certificate to Bob indicates that she never obtained a degree.
Cole and his various fathers
Based on his experiences with various stepfathers, Cole thinks that Barbara has a "proclivity to isolate herself via scurrilous mates". The use of "scurrilous" in this statement makes no sense, suggesting Cole tries to use big words to impress people – a family trait, perhaps.
Ran Coleman Yeatts
Records found by Cole in Richmond show that Barb married one Ran Coleman Yeatts on June 17, 1961. Yeatts was born on 27 December 1939 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia but grew up in South Hill, a town about 35 miles east of Red Oak which also happens to be the hometown of Barb's mother Carrie and her moonshiner dad. Yeatts graduated from Park View High School in South Hill in 1957 (not to be mistaken with Park View High School in Sterling, Virginia), and later that year he was enrolled at Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (now Wake Forest University). He graduated from Wake Forest with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961, the year he and Barb married. Coincidentally, Bob Chandler was also living in Winston-Salem around the same time, where he was married to Patricia Faye Harley and working as an engineer.
According to their marriage certificate, Ran was living in Richmond at the time of the marriage, while Barb was still living in Red Oak. They were married at a Baptist church in Wylliesburg, Virginia near Red Oak (which the divorce documents misspell as "Sylliesburg").
A divorce was granted to Barb on 15 May 1963, at which point she was pregnant with Cole and living in Richmond. The decree states that Ran deserted her on 28 April 1962, although the final digit in "1962" appears to have been altered from a "3". The divorce license lists "0" children, although it is unclear if such a document would have taken unborn Cole into account. Cole was born shortly after the divorce on 24 July 1963.
To further fuel Cole's rage, Yeatts would visit him during his childhood and be introduced as a "friend of the family". After Cole hired a private detective, Barbara hung up on him when he called to ask about his father.
Yeatts later remarried and died aged 67 on 6 June 2007. His obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch makes no mention of Cole or Barb, although Ran did have a grandson also named Cole.
Barb insists that Cole's father is Jack Dale Smithey, to whom she claims she was once married. However, Cole was unable to find a marriage license for the couple or any photographs from their alleged wedding. Indeed, Christorians have been frustrated in their efforts to locate any such evidence; their ability and persistence in documenting everything Chris-adjacent rivals that of any private detective. In 1995, Cole's friend, syndicated cartoonist Ted Rall, made an Internet post questioning the whereabouts of Jack Dale Smithey. According to the post, Smithey lived in Richmond in 1963 (the year Cole was born) and was a Merchant Marine. He later worked as a trucker for Pilot Trucking in North Carolina but had not been heard of since 1964. Cole eventually hired a private detective who tracked down Jack Smithey in Sarasota, Florida. Nevertheless, newspaper articles from the 1960s indicate that she used the surname Smithey up until she married Jerry Harmon in 1968.
According to Barbara, she and Jack had a "fancy" wedding which was attended by her sisters and mother. Chris told Cole that Barbara considers Jack "a total drunk and loser".
In July 2021, (in the middle of his incestuous affair with her), Chris asked Barbara about her relationship with Jack.
|“||Short story of it is that Jack and Barbie went out, sexed up, knocked her up.
Then he hit the road; was not in it to be a daddy. The life on the open road called out to him more.
|Chris on Jack|
Chris also mentioned that no photos of Jack were kept at home, though they did have photos of Jerry.
Walter Jerome "Jerry" Harmon, Jr. is Barbara's former lover and the alleged sinister stepfather of Cole Smithey, Chris's older half-brother. Jerry was born on July 1st, 1931 in Springfield, Massachusetts but grew up in Millboro, Virginia and later Richmond. Barbara claims to have married Jerry after her relationships with Jack Dale Smithey and Ran Coleman Yeatts. However, in the course of Cole's investigation into his family history, he was unable to find a marriage certificate. However there is a divorce record that Jerry and Barbara married in 18 June 1968 at Washington D.C. and divorced on 7 January 1980 after one year of living apart, three weeks before Bob had divorced his first wife Patricia. In a Facebook comment from 2020, Cole claims that Jerry adopted him in 1966.
|“||I grew up in an abusive household with Barbara and my former stepfather Jerry, where physical and mental punishments ran the gambit from bare-assed beatings to cold showers to bizarre scenarios acted out with glee by two deeply neurotic adults... Even at a very young age, I knew that they would abandon me. They were both irresponsible and incompetent parents who exposed me to traumas that I would rather not remember.||”|
|Cole on Barb and Jerry's parenting skills.|
|“||He might not have been the best dad, but Jerry was a humanitarian, as evidenced by his actions.||”|
|Cole being more charitable towards Jerry.|
In his article "Saturday Night Special", Cole would further elaborate about his first stepfather. According to Cole, Jerry was a professional magician who lived with Barbara in a second-floor apartment adjacent to the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond during the early 1970s. Jerry allegedly kept a gun in his nightstand drawer, which his stepson would play with, and was out cheating on his wife when an intruder came to the apartment, leaving Barb to have to fire the gun to scare them off. The shot ricocheted and nearly killed Cole as a result, hitting the wall a hair's breadth behind his head. Cole would later remove this article from his blog.
In a later article, "Operation Snowball: My First Career in Show Business", Cole describes how Jerry, Barb and himself took part in an annual traveling magic show which performed at mental hospitals in Virginia every Christmas season from 1967 to 1976. The trio performed under the name of "King Karnak, Barbie, and Cole". Each show would end with Jerry chopping off Barb's head with a guillotine. Interestingly, Jerry married Rose LaNora Lotts in 1981, whom he first met when she was employed as an assistant for "King Karnak", suggesting that she replaced Barb in more ways than one.
Life with Bob
|“||He is only interested in making things look like he did 'em, it was his idea and I really didn't have anything to do with it. Even when I help him. I get no credit for anything. He never gives me credit to my face. Or if he's talking to anybody else. Just like he tells you sometimes, “Well I don't get no help from your mother.”||”|
|Barb ranting about her husband to Chris|
Bob and Barbara met at "Maddy's Pub" in Richmond (probably Matt's British Pub in Shockoe Slip, where Bob was a sing-along leader) one night in 1979. Barbara was there with friends and Bob was singing. Cole's friend Chuck, who worked at the bar, vividly recalled them being a pair of drunken dumbasses. According to Chris, Barbara did the pursuing: "She chased him down the hall." They married in 1980. Chris claims that "Barbara, In her own words, Married him because 'He owned a house'". Later that year Bob was transferred from Richmond to Charlottesville. They settled in the outlying suburb of Ruckersville.
In September 1993, Chris and Bob moved from Ruckersville to Chesterfield County near Richmond so that Chris would be able to attend middle school at a mainstream school. Barbara did not accompany them and remained in Ruckersville. Chris claimed that the separation allowed Barbara to continue working at her job with Virginia Power until retirement and that she still visited Bob and Chris every weekend during the time she lived separately from them. After going into retirement when Chris was in the eighth grade (early 1996), Barbara came to live with her husband and son in Chesterfield.
With both Barbara and Bob retired, they spent their twilight years from 2000 onward living in their Ruckersville home with Chris. It is difficult to ascertain what their relationship was like, but sources such as the tour of the house would suggest that Chris's parents neglected the family home and spent most of their time apart in separate areas of the house. According to Chris, Barbara had not had sex with Bob for at least two decades before his death. They began sleeping in different rooms sometime around the mid-2000s "because they're not as close as they should, used to or can be". It can be presumed that as they got older, they grew more distant, but never to the point of wanting a divorce.
Barbara became a widow on 6 September 2011 when Bob died.
Treatment of Chris
Abuse and manipulation
|“||And he told me of mom saying she was going to pack up and leave the house, then I ran downstairs, finding her on the couch; she was soo miserable and sad; she talked of Wanting to Die, "you don't even have to change my clothes, you can just bury me in what I have on." I was soo sad and crying and soo sorry for the way I misbehaved; we hugged and made up a bit.||”|
|An example of Barb's manipulation.|
Barb has had a long history of abusing and/or manipulating her children. For example, she has often used threats of suicide to guilt Chris into obeying her whims. When Bob and Chris once tried to discuss cleaning the hoard to Barb, she responded by threatening suicide. She also threatened suicide to her family during the Ivy Saga, supposedly as a response to the stress she was going through.
In an episode from 2011, when Chris failed to book himself a hotel room for MAGfest, due to being broke, and planned to sleep in his car, Barb prevented him from going by pointing out the "crime risk and chilly temperatures", threatening to lock him out of their house, claiming that she would pack up and leave, and later told him she wanted to die. After Chris folded and went to his room to cry about it, she gave him a "half-payment of a copy of DC Universe Online to make up for not allowing [him] to go". Later that year, after Chris became a tomgirl, Barb tried to stop him from wearing dresses and make-up by telling him she feared he would kill her. She then ordered him to sit down, and she cut his hair.
It also appears that Chris's diet is not a concern for Barb. The night after the Chandler family moved back to Ruckersville, Bob and Chris refused a spaghetti dinner offered by Barb. As a response, Barb decided to forego cooking for her family and has not made a meal for Chris since then.
In addition, Barb has used the specter of old age for her own gain, by manipulating Chris into thinking she will have a heart attack. This tactic has been used so often that Chris will panic and call 911 if Barb does not answer the phone when he calls her to check up on her when he is out of the house. When Barb and Chris were both arrested for assault and battery, Chris was extremely worried about her health, saying in an e-mail:
|My mother fought the police in my defense, and she was handcuffed and I was emotionally distraught, I screamed and Screamed and SCREAMED, until an ambulance came for my mother to take her to UVA Hospital; she was okay, but her Blood Pressure was high.
I prayed a LOT to Jesus for my release and safe return home with my mother. And I banged the cell door with both my feet while lying on a folding mattress on the floor (to get those bastards to let me see and talk to my mother
Only after seeing my mother in her suit pass by my second cell, did I start to calm down. I was REALLY WORRIED about my mother and her health. She Needed Me, and I Needed Her.
The Man in the Pickle Suit summed up Chris's relationship with Barb:
|Well, I don't think they talk very much. However, no, Chris is Barb's hand servant. She screams for him and he comes running. She has him change the newspaper the dogs shit on, she has him run errands to bring her stuff, and she used to have him haul her goodwill crap to the car, and then from the car into the house.
I think Barb's yelling has gotten much less frequent nowadays. It seems like she's pretty feeble nowadays. Chris is just as scared of Barb as he used to be though. I don't think he realizes how much power he has over Barb nowadays.
They're really physically affectionate in a strange way. Chris is pretty touchy feely with women because of habits he learned by spending time with Barb.
After Bob died, Barb's abuse of Chris escalated. She treated him as a slave and forced him to be on-call at all times. Around 2013, she forced Chris to move out of his bedroom, specifically so she could bark orders at him more efficiently, by throwing a tantrum and wrecking his possessions.
|a few months to a year before the fire, Chris stopped being permitted to sleep separately from Barb, in his bedroom. He had to sleep closer to Barb, because she needed to be able to yell for him to go to sheetz and buy her crap, and he wasn't able to hear her up in his bedroom. He kind of tried to resist at first, but then she got super pissed and threw a tantrum. She wrecked his room and like flipped everything over because he was trying to sleep on his own.|
|“||she is also being Very Annoying. “Christine, Let’s put this random good item on eBay. I REALLY Need the Money for not only my bill payments, but also, we need more food here. I am greedy too.”
“OH! You sold something of Yours? I Want $50 From That”, she is constantly pestering and bugging me. Nowadays, Nearly every time she comes downstairs to talk or chill, my Impulsive, Subconscious feeling of her presence is Cringe and “Oh, No! She’s gonna Bug Me Again of the Da** Finances Again!”
|“||Yeah, but then my Mom is pretty much jealous of me loving another woman more than her.||”|
|Chris, describing his Oedipus complex.|
|Chris, addressing Barb|
According to Cole, Bob and Barbara left Chris alone every day for years with the abusive babysitter while going out drinking, effectively ignoring the manifestation of the earliest symptoms of autism. After Chris's initial diagnosis, and after their negligence was inevitably thrown back in their face, Barbara resorted to any means necessary to coax Chris into talking, most notoriously by bribing him with toys.
While both of Chris's parents are largely responsible for his current state, Barb has more often than not been the most active in protecting Chris from recognizing any failure or shortcoming on his part, doing everything from being his sole commission with Cutco to going as his date to his senior prom.
This pattern of accountability continues even into Chris's adult years. On at least two occasions, most notably after he was banned permanently, Barbara visited the GAMe PLACe attempting to protect and defend her little snowflake and argue his case with Michael Snyder, but to no avail.
As first evidenced by the "GAMe PLACe/4Chan picture" incident, she is extremely paranoid regarding Chris's online misadventures, likely because she fears that he'll get arrested and go to prison. Given some of the violent states of some of his videos and Chris's track record, she is probably not too far from the truth. She may also suspect that Chris is a pedophile, as she thought it was possible that he may have fallen for a To Catch a Predator-esque sting operation during the Julie fiasco. She even seems to suspect that Megan Schroeder, one of the few women Chris has known who was not out to troll him, is partially responsible for the persecution he has endured over the years. She does her part to keep his activities under control by acting as Chris's personal concierge, as seen when she interrogated Ivy for about half an hour before letting her speak to Chris.
Barbara constantly babies Chris and tells him how handsome he is. She also told Chris that the reason he often "blanks out" or gets confused is not that he is an absent-minded, slothful buffoon, but that he is a "creative genius and is simply overwhelmed by having so many creative ideas".
However, it seems that even Barb has her limits. Like Bob, she was ashamed of Chris's effeminate escapades, claiming that she did not raise a daughter, and that "tomgirl" is not a thing. She tried and failed to get Chris to stop wearing a bra and panties, even offering to pay him to stop.
|“||I, myself, Did have dreams of having sex with my mother.||”|
|One result of Barb's parenting choices, as explained by Chris in August 2016.
To cap off their relationship, Chris revealed in private conversations with multiple people that Barb has spooned with him.
From Arthur Spatchcock, on Chris sharing a bed with his mother:
|Story time, kids. Now most of us are aware of the fire; how Barb and Chris were displaced for some time while the house was getting renovated. You know how Chris was all whiny about his legos, right? Some getting melted, shit like that...well he kind of left out that his own bed was ruined as well given it had years of grease soaked into it because not bathing is so chic in his eyes. So when they got back home Chris didn't have his own bed anymore so he was sharing one with Barb instead. This came with the horrifying addendum that Barb wanted to spoon with him; I don't know if he was little spoon or big spoon but I know she was unimpressed and one night just unloaded on him angrily enough that Chris decided to get his own bed with his own money. So it goes without saying that from the time Chris and Barb got back home until he got that grand he was sleeping in the same bed as his mother.|
|Barb and Chris are way too physically intimate. It's one thing to describe their creepy relationship, it's quite another to watch it IRL. They hold hands and Chris is always putting his arm around her and rubbing her shoulders sensually. That's shit I'd do to someone I'd want to bang. Not a family member. It's weird.|
|“||I am not a "Bates". OMG.||”|
|Chris, in denial|
Barb's habit of cuddling with Chris had been going on since Bob was alive, and he knew of it, but, due to Barb's manipulation, he was not able to stop her. In August 2016, Chris admitted to having incestuous fantasies about Barb, prompting further analysis of their uncomfortably intimate relationship. Chris sometimes refers to her as "dear" or "darling", as he usually does for would-be sweethearts. In his April 2018 Twitch stream, when Chris got his mother to reluctantly say "turn me loose, you silly goose" after hugging him, he commented that she "used to do that more flirtingly".
|Also, during the time my mom and I slept in my bedroom, we slept in Separate Furniture; she slept on the couch, and I slept in the bed. She and I Never ever had slept in the same bed together during those short months between ‘11 and ‘12.
Never in the same bed. ⚡️💙⚡️
Throughout 2021, Chris was feeling several instances of sexual frustration, hitting on several women of interest. It has gotten to the point where Chris would release all of this sexual tension on Barbara in mid June, where he would continuously have sexual intercourse with her every three days. The context in which this has all happened is hazy at best, as information on the affair primarily came from an infamous call where he describes incestuous acts, and a few leaked chats Chris had with people. Throughout his affair with Barbara, Chris would hint at having such an affair online, calling Barbara a "sweetheart over 50". Sometime after the Suitress had leaked a chunk of the call on a Discord Server, which would soon after be posted onto various websites by her friends, several concerned observers wold contact authorities about the affair, leading to his arrest.
Barb is understood by most to be a highly unstable woman, and worryingly, many of her behaviors can also be observed in Chris. Many believe her to be selfish and extremely narcissistic, on account of her baseless belief that she is descended from Tudor high nobility, and the pathological manner in which she lies and assigns blame to others, even in instances where the fault clearly lies with her. All of these traits are shared by Chris, with Barb's apparent encouragement. Additionally, many aspects of her relationship with Chris are consistent with narcissistic motherhood, which is a fascinating, but complex, a topic too lengthy to be discussed in detail here. Although Chris seems to be her "golden child", she does not shy from mistreating him if he displeases her. This can be seen in an email to Jackie from May 2011; Chris claimed that his mother flew into a rage over his tomgirl inclinations, forcing him to submit to a haircut and threatening to kill him.
Aside from her narcissism, Barb is also infamous to Christorians for her hoarding. During Chris's youth, she would create piles of clothes as tall as her son. Chris has labelled her a "pack rat", and on more than one occasion has indicated his displeasure at her hoarding and the consequent state of their house, although neither he nor Bob are known to have ever seriously challenged it. Barb compulsively hoards her purchases, particularly from Goodwill, which, by 2009, had rendered the living room uninhabitable. When Bob was admitted to the hospital for the final time, he was quarantined for bug bites, ostensibly due to the conditions in the Chandler household. The situation did not improve after Bob's passing, either. A second house tour video made by Chris in 2013 revealed that Barb's hoarding had gotten severe enough to render entire rooms completely inaccessible, with some rooms literally full of stuff to within inches of the ceiling, and others reduced to crevices carved into walls of junk.
Barb's hoarding was predicted by many to lead to disaster, and finally did on 10 January 2014, when Chris accidentally started a house fire in the morning while trying to brew coffee in the bathroom, because the kitchen had been among the rooms blocked off by Barb's junk. Naturally, Barb's hoard provided ample kindling for the fire, and the house was severely damaged before the fire could be contained. In fact, given the state of the house in the second tour video, it's surprising that Chris and Barb were able to escape. Unsurprising, however, is the fact that one of the Chandlers' remaining cats died in the blaze, and one of the firefighters sent to the scene also suffered unspecified injuries.
While the Chandlers relocated, pending repairs to their home, Barb's stuff went into storage. When repairs were completed a year later, Barb had all of it moved back to 14 Branchland Court, and is not known to have disposed of any of it, even though, by all accounts, most of what she and Chris were able to salvage is either fire, smoke or water damaged, rendering it completely useless. This was confirmed in April 2017, when Chris mentioned the laundry room contained a "mountain pile" of 20-40 bags of dirty, damaged clothing that had not been washed since the fire occurred.
Barb has also been long speculated to suffer from a form of dementia due to later video appearances (mostly begging videos) showing her as struggling with forming sentences without a degree of prompting by Chris. Some initially speculated that Chris and Barb were taking advantage of her feeble, elderly state for the purpose of emotionally manipulating their audience into giving them more donations out of pity, as there were other videos where Barb appeared to be more cognizant and seemed to be able to handle her own finances to some degree. It was suggested by some with close knowledge of Chris, such as Marvin, that she was the one who encouraged him to make the videos with her in it.
However, in light of the incest situation, in which Chris noted that she seemed "partially confused" on at least one of the occasions that he jumped her bones, how much of her situation was an act (presuming if any of it was) and how much is real has been called into question. Barb was evaluated at a hospital after being separated from her son and was able to return to her home after he was incarcerated, though it should still be noted that the bar for being deemed qualified enough to take care of oneself is low. A later visit by Chris's fans, where Barb did not know that she was being recorded, may have demonstrated that she has a degree of difficulty with cognitive function, or at least that she suffers from hearing loss. This would also somewhat explain the reason behind the November 2021 traffic collision that she was involved in, where she failed to yield the right-of-way and got T-Boned by a tractor-trailer on the driver's side. Since then, she's presumably had to rely on senior caregivers and extended family to live off of since her youngest is too preoccupied with other matters to take care of her. In June 2022, a letter from Chris confirmed that Barb is suffering from "falling mentality", although it's not clear what that entails.
Like Chris, Barbara was obese at the time of his discovery by the internet. As late as the 1990s, Barbara was reasonably slim, but she, along with Chris, ballooned out as the 2000s rolled along, to the point of resembling an American serial killer Rose West. Her massive size earned her the affectionate nickname Snorlax from the trolls. Barb's size may have led to her sleeping a lot and usually skipping church.
This has continued into her old age. When she attended Chris's court hearings throughout 2015, Christorians in attendance invariably noted that although she has lost weight, she appears to have low muscle mass; probably due to her sedentary lifestyle. In particular, at his last hearing, it was noted that Barb appeared to be growing increasingly frail and possibly senile, as she did not present as very responsive, and appeared much more submissive to Chris than she has otherwise been known to be. Chris also reportedly got short with her due to her poor hearing.
In 2018, Chris decided to cash in on the Snorlax joke, claiming that his mother found it funny. He listed a plush Snorlax for sale on eBay, at $200.
|“||Hey, Everyone! Those in the meme-know: the times when my mother used to be large and lazy, everyone called her a Snorlax. Well, Barbara likes the joke too, and can laugh it off as she is doing a lot better these days. So, one time only, she signed a Snorlax Plush, and YOU can own it; a 20% More Awesome Collectible. A personal Certificate or Letter of Authenticity will be included. Thank you.||”|
In a tweet to Cole from June 29, 2013, Chris tells him that "[he] ought to be over here putting bandages on [their] Mom's holey buttocks". It was not clear exactly what sort of problem this referred to, though it hardly sounds pleasant. On October 14, 2013, Chris elaborated in a Facebook post, stating, "my mother stresses me with her continuous rants about her damn miniature scabie flies, her suffering, the low finances and shit!!!". The consensus was that the so-called "holey buttocks" were, in fact, lesions. It is now believed that Barb currently has a colony of parasitic mites, rather than flies, that have burrowed into her prodigious posterior. Naturally, while Barb is being eaten alive by parasites other than Chris, her child whines about having to take care of her.
In August 2014, Chris begged for money on Facebook, supposedly to pay dental fees, as he claimed his mother had cavities in her teeth that needed treatment. In July 2016, Barb herself begged for money. Chris and Barb restarted begging for dental money in early 2018.
|“||After a bit, the PD went up to the judge and they called Chris up. Chris starts getting impatient with Barb. He said something like "are your ears clogged up??" and then "wanna follow me so you can hear what's going on?" Then she got up and trundled up there to accompany Chris.||”|
|“||She has had memory problems at time beforehand, yes, but she is being better stimulated in her mind and soul, and it Really Shows! Her mental processing speed is even going back up.||”|
|“||They treat, they treat you very badly in there. She, she would, she, she, she would never want me to put her into a home, and I would not do that.||”|
|Chris, August 2014|
In November 2015, Family Needs to appreciate Family was uploaded to YouTube. The video is a plea for Cole Smithey, David Alan Chandler and Carol Suzanne Chandler to visit Barb before "her time runs out", even though the latter two are not Barb's progeny.
On 13 July 2016, Barb unexpectedly starred in one of Chris's e-begging videos. In the minute-long video, she speaks slowly and almost inaudibly, hardly moving or blinking for the entirety of the video. While some have voiced concerns that this may be an early sign of dementia, it is just as likely that Barb, being a manipulative narcissist, was putting on an act for money. She has since re-appeared in numerous other e-begging videos from Chris, including multiple in August 2018; her appearance is frail and quite frazzled, and her sentences are often punctuated with tons of "ums" and "uhs", along with extended pauses.
In August 2016, Anna McLerran posted a photo on Facebook of herself and Barb together. In it, Barb appears to have aged significantly since her last appearance in the "Donations Further Requested, Please" video.
In November 2016, Barb escaped injury when she slipped and fell.
Chris has been increasingly tasked with helping Barb around the house in her elderly age. He stated in April 2017 that he was taking caregiving classes. Barb is seen in Minor Update, Handouts!, a begging video, in which Chris demands money because Barb drinks costly "meal replacement shakes", possibly referring to a drink such as Ensure.
In October 2009, Barbara spent her birthday at the hospital with what the Chandlers thought was food poisoning. Barbara was diagnosed with colitis, a gastrointestinal disease characterized by the inflammation of the colon. It manifests in diarrhea and cramps. Which kind of colitis has yet to be determined. It seems the Chandler family's diet has finally come to affect her, and in order to survive she will have to change her eating habits; considering their stubbornness, this clearly will end badly.
Hearing the plight of the Chandler family, fans of Sonichu created the website "Barbara Chandler Has AIDS" to spread awareness regarding AIDS and to collect donations for research foundations and charities. Chris himself denied the rumor.
On 23 August 2013, Chris claimed that Barbara had been afflicted with breast cancer but managed to survive. He did not give details about when was she diagnosed with the ailment, at what stage it was, or what kind of treatment Barb received.
On 28 October 2011, Chris and Barb were caught in an incident with The GAMe PLACe and were actually arrested with several serious charges, with Barb's including felony assault and failure to stop. The two were later released on bail. After a succession of court hearings, Barb, along with her son, was arraigned on her felony charges on 10 July 2012. She was sentenced to community service and was put under two-year probation, as well as being ordered to pay Michael Snyder's medical bills. When informed of the latter fact during the trial, Chris explained that his mother, a retired, obese, seventy-year-old woman, would take care of the charges for him. No one was particularly surprised at this revelation.
In 2016, Barb was sued by a Discover bank in Norfolk for not paying debts. This came to light on March 14, 2016, when sharp-eyed Kiwis noticed that she had a hearing on March 16. Since grave neglect of her debt was likely the cause of her being taken to court, it was widely assumed that she would ignore the summons too. Instead, once the court records were updated, many were surprised to see that not only had Barb attended, but she had represented herself, too. Equally unsurprisingly, this bold move failed to pay off, and Barb was still sentenced to pay $4,706.93.
Five months later, Barb was sued again, this time by Capital One, for the same reason. The hearing in September resulted in a Default Judgement against Barb, meaning that she did not bother attending. She owes Capital One $15,906.99.
Her out-of-control debt was the catalyst for the Financhu Crisis of 2016.
In June through July of that year, Barb appeared in three videos:
- Donations Required, Serious. Please help
- Donations Requested, Please
- Donations Further Requested, Please
In the videos, she and Chris beg for donations, claiming to need money for her asthma medication and dental work (although they receive a combined amount of $2,500 per month from the government and their costly hoards are clearly visible behind them). See the Appearances section for more appearances by Barb.
She has failed to take accountability for ruining the family's finances, trying to pin the blame on Chris, even though her known debt of over $20,000 is much larger than Chris's.
She and Chris had an inheritance from Bob worth "tens of thousands of dollars" when he passed away, but Barb decided to frivolously spend it on Rob Bell in an attempt to gain exoneration for her assault and battery charge.
In summer 2018, she joined forces with Chris in selling stuff on eBay, including items from her hoard and her autographs, which some fans bought.
In Sonichu #0, Barbara makes a brief appearance in "Classic Sonichu Strips".
In the 2015 revisions to Sonichu #10, Chris wrote out Bianca's character and replaced her with his mother.
According to the CWCipedia, Sandy Rosechu and Sonichu and Rosechu's children go to Anneweston Elementary School. It is unknown whether or not Sonichu and Rosechu's children still go to that school after their evolution.
In Sonichu #11, Barb is photoshopped into a "family photo" alongside Chris, Bob and the various Chus.
In Sonichu #12, Barb is in a set of pages that is a cross between Chris writing an autobiographical account of himself coming out as a tomgirl to his parents and a tribute to his late father.
Due to Chris's Oedipal complex, Barb is depicted as much more youthful than Bob, even though she was nearly 70 at the time. She is also drawn as being freakishly tall compared to Chris and Bob, despite being shorter than both in real life, though this may just be Chris's inability to keep his characters properly proportioned at work. Barb expresses surprise at her son's announcement on being trans. Chris states that she was "hesitant for a long while", but "got used to my subtle and more changes".
This is a drastic understatement, as the real-life Barb tried to stop his tomgirl lifestyle in ways including suicide threats, guilt trips (by claiming that she was worried Chris would kill her), paying him to stop cross-dressing, and even ordering him to submit to a haircut. If her attitude towards him cooled, it was only out of resignation rather than acceptance. Evidence of this is when she became angry with him again after finding out that he had successfully changed his name in 2016.
As a TSSSF card. Note that Chris calls her a "redneck tomboy" and her power is to steal a shipping partner.
- Private Skype chat with Sarah May.
- 4 February 2009, Mumble 2: Barbara denies singing while vacuuming Chris's room.
- 17 February 2009, BlueSpike PSN Chat 2: Barbara talks to Chris but when Julie wants to talk to her, Barbara says she isn't "able to talk to anybody right now".
- March 2009: Barbara takes over the phone from Chris when Clyde calls after the date with Emily.
- Kacey Call 15: Chris keeps Kacey on the phone for nearly fourteen minutes while Barb talks about the value of humility, her poor health, and her relationship with Bob, among other things.
- November 2009, Kacey and Liquid Call: Barbara tells Chris to "just hang up on the bitch!"
- 10 August 2010, Matthew Noble call: Barbara claims that Megan "lied" to Chris and abruptly hangs up mid-sentence. Throughout the call, she can be heard denying that she and Bob are the slightest bit in the wrong. At one point she complains about the time Michael Snyder kicked her and Chris out of the GAMe PLACe following Chris's final ban from the store.
- Prank calls: Barbara yells in the background and foreground of several prank calls.
Barbara has appeared in several videos: off-camera in the Christian Weston Chandler Interview, and on-camera (for the first time) in You're Always Pretty. Two decade-old videos were leaked in December 2014 showing the Chandlers celebrating Christmas. Another video of her was recorded by a troll as she and Chris left court after his hearing in February 2015.
She has most frequently appeared during the Financhu Crisis.
Two more videos were released June 2016 showing Chris begging for donations to buy asthma pills for Barbara. Barbara is shown practically dead in both of these videos so god only knows what will happen in the near future.
In a video released on 13 July 2016, Barbara joins her son in shamelessly e-begging. Her voice tired and hoarse, mouth agape, she stares directly into the camera like a deer caught in the headlights.
She next appeared in Live Game Stream - C-Log 04142017, when she walked in while Chris was recording.
After more uploads from Chris, Barb starred in another begging video uploaded on 24 May 2017, titled We Said Donations No Less than $1 00, US, Please. Chris removed the video the next day after people threatened to report him for elder abuse.
After the last failed attempt of getting donations, Barb and Chris engaged in yet another begging video on 16 June 2017, titled We need immediate funds, please. Ironically, she wore both the $400 gold necklace and a pearl necklace.
Almost a month had passed, without any appearances from Barb. With Chris getting decent amounts of funds from his Patreon account, there no longer seemed to be a desire to beg. On 14 July 2017, she makes a small voice-only cameo in a Soda Awawawawa Puccho Candy Response, screaming at him for not closing the front door. She also comments in Solar Eclipse Vlogs, asking Chris if he's ready to go back inside after the eclipse ends.
Barb's first appearance on-video in 2018 was in Selling Vintage Comic Books (Cole Smithey’s Comic Books). She appeared a couple of weeks later in Our signatures to demonstrate that her signature, a key selling point in the comic sales, was real. On 9 April, Barb appeared for the seventh time during the Financhu Crisis to beg in Buy Our Things off of my eBay to help us, Please.
On 16 April, a bizarre video of a few seconds of Barb standing in a doorway was posted to the CWCki Club. On the 17th, she appeared as a guest on Chris's Twitch stream.
On 8 May, Barb appeared in WE NEED MONEY FOR MORTGAGE NOW, PLEASE!. Two days later, Barb appeared in paid videos giving shout-outs to school shooters Nicholas Cruz and Adam Lanza.
She watched Chris spray-paint his shoes (and his bedroom carpet) in Shoe Colouring, sitting in the same room with poor ventilation.
In summer 2018, she appears in multiple videos to promote her partnership with Chris's eBay business: My Mother WORKED Hard, Spent Hard; Needs Money NOW., Barbara Chandler will be making out autographed photos and posters. and Barbara’s Blankets. She then begged for her car payment money in Mother needs a car payment.
Barb confirms she isn't dead was her next appearance, a rare non-begging video.
This is when The Simpsons went downhill.
Barbara's retirement party from secretarial services at Virginia Power in 1996.
Barb with Aunt Corrina, Uncle Tom, and Aunt Harriet.
Poor Barb, Chris put Sonichu on HER birthday cake.
Barb is always pretty.
Barb and Chris. Barb is interrupting Chris during a live YouTube stream.
Barb's signature on a Certificate of Authenticity, included with the purchase of one of Cole's comics.
Barb in November 2019.
- Mailbag 13#Paging Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud...
- Jackie E-mails 26.
- June 2021 social media posts#Decent flashlight
- Incest fallout chat leaks
- Jail Letter - 11 January 2022
- File:Barbara Chandler Fail to Yield Right-of-Way charge.png
- A Week With Christian Chandler, page 13
- Fan visits#e1ectricthunder
- Jail Letter - 25 October 2021 (Virginia fan)
- Confirmation of Barb's 2002 Dodge Caravan being totaled
- File:Barbara Chandler Fail to Yield Right-of-Way charge.png
- Jail Letter - 11 May 2022
- Jail Letter - 11 May 2022
- June 2021 social media posts#Chris larps as his younger self
- Rebeckah Bentley E-mails#Chris has scabies too
- Message for John Kyle
- Jail Letter - 11 May 2022
- 6 March 2007 email from Cole to Chris, page 2
- Ran Coleman Yeatts obituary
- Cole Smithey E-mails
- WCT DMs#Barbara's ex
- Kacey Call 15
- April 2012 Facebook posts#Fear of the future
- IT TOOK A TALKING BEAR TO GIVE THE NAME A YOUNG BOY LOVES
- Mumble 3.5
- 24 July 2007 email #1 from Cole to Chris
- Jail Letter - 11 May 2022
- Chris's Wikipedia profile#His Early Years - Birth to 1992
- Mailbag 32#Chris is no stranger to stupid name changes
- IRC (27 December 2008)
- Gal Pal E-mails 3#Borb vs MAGfest
- Ivy Q&A
- Jackie E-mails 29
- See emails sent by Chris to Jackie on 24 and 26 April 2011.
- Comments from Marvin on Kiwi Farms, gone when the site was taken down.
- September 2018 social media posts
- Mumble 10
- Live Game Stream - C-Log 04142017
- 6 March 2007 email from Cole to Chris, page 3
- Song of Christian
- Sonichu Girls and White knight emails
- Kacey Call 12
- PVCC NEW info: on Chris and Barbara spoon eachother! (YouTube)
- 26 December 2014
- Misc texts
- June 2021 social media posts#CPU stuff and Barb
- Father Call
- Tour of Chris's House
- Rocky Shoemaker call
- April 2017 Facebook posts#Offering The Classic shirt for $12,000 minimum
- Jail Letter - 27 June 2022
- BlueSpike PSN Chat 3.7
- Church audio
- This is how the Trial went
- Donations Further Requested, Please
- 26 December 2014#15 October Hearing
- Fan visits#e1ectricthunder
- Catie Date Conversation Transcript
- With Anna, presumably in August 2016.
- November 2016 Facebook posts#Barb slips and falls
- Live Game Stream - C-Log 04272017
- 9 October 2009
- "Barbara Chandler Has AIDS" Awareness Website
- Facebook#Breast Cancer Awareness
- CWCki Forums posts (Cousin Al)#Chris and Barbara's Income
- File:Barb discover bank result.png
- File:Barb vs Capital One Bank result.png
- Patreon announcement
- CWCipedia on Wild Sonichu
- Kiwi Farms posts (MasterDisaster)#Name Change Drama
- DVD, note 2
|GAMe PLACe Saga|
|The Games:||The Prizes:|
Organizations: Chris Chan Conservation Collective • TTU Chess Club
|The Affair:||The Reveal:||Shit hits the fan:|