Chris in the media
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Chris, being an attention whore of sorts, has frequently managed to find him and his creation in the media spotlight. Whether it be television, newspapers, magazines or, of course, the Internet, if Chris can find some way to get his 15 minutes of fame, he'll do it.
Chris's legendary status as the first mainstream lolcow also catches the attention of many Internet commentator and entertainers, who would often include him and his creations from as a tongue-in-cheek cameo to a major multi-part documentary.
- 1 Traditional media
- 1.1 Richmond Times-Dispatch
- 1.2 Sonic the Hedgehog Watch & Win Sweepstakes
- 1.3 Chris Chan in the PokéNews
- 1.4 Nintendo Power Magazine
- 1.5 Shoujo Beat
- 1.6 Daily Progress
- 1.7 Toucher and Rich
- 1.8 Kevin and Bean
- 1.9 Web Soup
- 1.10 Save McIntire Park
- 1.11 Slylock Fox
- 1.12 Opie & Anthony
- 1.13 Houston Press
- 1.14 Failosophy
- 1.15 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
- 1.16 WCAV-TV
- 1.17 New York Magazine
- 1.18 Sonic Boom
- 1.19 UVA Remembers Pulse
- 1.20 Newsradio WINA
- 1.21 dodie
- 1.22 chris†††
- 2 Major Internet media
- 2.1 Fark.com
- 2.2 Heavy.com
- 2.3 Something Awful
- 2.4 SpliceToday.com
- 2.5 Nicole Richie's twitter
- 2.6 Sega Acknowledges Sonichu
- 2.7 Maddox
- 2.8 Cvillepedia
- 2.9 Cracked.com
- 2.10 Smosh
- 2.11 IMDb
- 2.12 Wii U Daily
- 2.13 Reddit
- 2.14 Design & Trend
- 2.15 Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter
- 2.16 Crave Online Australia
- 2.17 The Jimquisition
- 2.18 Adam Baldwin's twitter
- 2.19 Gawker
- 2.20 Return of Kings
- 2.21 Zip Zap
- 2.22 Milo Yiannopoulos
- 2.23 Kotaku
- 2.24 3GI
- 3 Death threats against Trump
- 4 Video Games
- 5 See Also
- 6 References
In 1993, the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper ran an article detailing how Chris changed his name from "Christopher" to "Christian". This was Chris's first known appearance in media.
Sonic the Hedgehog Watch & Win Sweepstakes
- Main article: Sonic the Hedgehog Watch & Win Sweepstakes
Chris Chan in the PokéNews
- Main article: Chris Chan in the PokéNews
In 1999, Chris made his third appearance in a news report on the growing success of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. He was 17 years old at the time, and he was playing Pokémon cards with kids as young as 8.
Nintendo Power Magazine
- Main article: Nintendo Power Magazine
Twice, Chris has used the magazine Nintendo Power to get himself attention. First was a letter Chris wrote telling Nintendo how he used a video game to cure his fear of talking to girls. The second time detailed Chris's Animal Crossing video, though there he was known as Sonichu, not Chris.
- Main article: Shoujo Beat
Chris sent a letter to an anime-themed magazine that got published in its November 2005 issue. In it, he complains about JERKS taking away all the pretty boyfriend-free girls and leaving him to be a lonesome virgin. A response was published in the March 2006 issue, in which the writer instructs Chris on the error of his ways.
|The line began forming outside the door around 2 p.m., three hours before the SPCA's new rummage shop in Charlottesville opened for a special sneak preview Friday.
By 4:45, nearly 50 people were waiting in line, while about 30 volunteers inside put the finishing touches in place.
"I've got my eye on the riding mower right there," said Barry Ross as he stood at the head of the line, looking through the window at a red tractor.
And right behind Ross, Christian and Barbara Chandler were waiting to shop. Christian wanted toys and video games, while his mother wanted to look for fabric.
Toucher and Rich
- Main article: Toucher and Rich Segment
On 12 May 2009 Chris's antics became so famous that it sparked the interest of a radio podcast in Boston. The whole media furor was sparked by the "I Got A Fish" video. However, most of the show covered Chris's videos addressed to Ivy.
Kevin and Bean
- Main article: The Kevin and Bean Show Segment
One of Chris's Captain's Logs is dissected by the hosts Kevin and Bean. Notably, the video in question required a full two minutes dedicated to disclaimers, as well as censoring of certain unairable acts.
- Main article: For G4s Web Soup
Once again, Chris's "I Got A Fish" video was briefly featured, this time on G4's Web Soup on 2 July 2009. While the segment lasted less than 30 seconds, Chris initially felt honored and used the opportunity to try to score some china, only to belatedly realize after he uploaded an entire video about it that shows like Web Soup are devoted to mocking people like him.
Save McIntire Park
- Main article: McIntire Park
On 25 September 2011, Slylock Fox & Comics for Kids, a comic strip about comic strips published by King Features Syndicate, featured a black-and-white image of Sonichu in the "Your Drawing" panel. The illustration, which ran in thousands of papers nationwide, was accompanied by text, which read: "Today's terrific artist is Christian Weston Chandler, Age 9." The strip's author, Bob Weber Jr., admitted on the Comics Curmudgeon blog that he fully believed that the "artist" was 9 (rather than 29) when he selected the drawing out of the dozens that are submitted to the strip every week.
Opie & Anthony
- Main article: Opie and Anthony
On 27 May 2009, The Opie & Anthony Show on Sirius XM Radio, which was broadcast to 18.5 million units, did a commentary segment on Chris's video response to drinking his own cum and shitting his adult diapers. It is unknown whether he's realized that his autistic antics have technically been broadcast to low earth orbit.
On 12 July 2012, the Houston Press published an article on Rex Nabours III of defunct folk punk band Guwange and his attempts to raise money for sick children. Nabours was quoted in the article saying "I did a Christian Weston Chandler (the Sonichu guy) covers album earlier this year with the intent of giving any money I made off of it to Autism-related charities because the dude is basically blackface for autism".
MTV's show Failosophy mocked Internet idiots like Chris. While the show lasted a mere 3 months due to negative reception, one of his Tomgirl pics memorably and unsurprisingly showed up in the 4th episode of the show, viewed by almost a million people. Jump to 0:26 for his appearance.
|Chris-Chan on MTV's Failosophy|
Chris, unusually, gave a response via Facebook.
|I had no ill will against MTV. I enjoyed the women in "Undressed"; I like Daria; the dating game show was fun to watch, and to put them way at the bottom, Beavis and Butt-Head were so stupid, it became crazy-funny.
I have been the victim of Trolling/Cyber-Bullying for the past greater than five years. I get that whatever gets onto the internet is near impossible to remove.
And now I find that among the shit I was trolled of, this ONE photograph, which was originally taken for a WOMAN years ago, gets compared with a literal meat-head and a plush-head, and is made available on iTunes for two dollars!
From the one woman's words, Jamie Lee... I don't know what is worse, that she would not date me, or that she would put me in jail over a freaking couch. Lee, My Once Good Name was actually Jailed, because of the SET UPS those Anonymous, LULZy, Shit-Faced TROLLS. At least I was more clean, sexy and gung-ho than either of the ugly, grimy freak shows I was compared with.
If I did not have a very good day beforehand today, I would seriously be calling my Attorney on your damn show's ass.
To this day, Chris has not followed up on this threat of legal action. The episode with Chris in it also remains available on iTunes.
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
In the pilot episode "Lakewood Plaza Turbo", Carol tells his son K.O. to defend the plaza "to the extreme", a direct reference to the cover of Sonichu #0. This was confirmed by the show's creator, Ian Jones-Quartey, who later stated that the reference was "even more blatant in the original storyboard".
- Main article: Destruction of Chris's House
A local TV broadcast gave a brief report on the destruction of Chris's house.
|Fire at 14 Branchland Court|
New York Magazine
On 19 July 2016, New York magazine featured an article on its website, "Kiwi Farms, the Web's Biggest Community of Stalkers". The article was meant as an attack on Kiwi Farms, inaccurately describing it as a vague group across multiple websites instead a single forum community. However, in describing the site's origins and operations, it largely focuses on Chris himself and the "torment" he faced from trolls during his internet heyday. There is also a mention of A-Log and his fallout with other Christorians.
The article is notably one of the few pieces of positive press Chris has received since his rise to internet fame. In addition to attacking his trolls, the author, Margaret Pless, describes him in sympathetic terms such as "artist, gamer, and creative type" and fails to mention his horrific opinions, statements, or actions. Pless is also under the impression that Chris is legitimately transgender, and accordingly refers to him as "Christine" and with female pronouns.
On 10 December 2016, an episode of Sonic Boom called "The Biggest Fan" premiered on Cartoon Network. The episode features a character named Mark the Tapir that parodies the Sonic fanbase. Mark is depicted in the episode as a creepy, obsessive stalker who kidnaps Sonic and forces him to act out fanfiction that he wrote. While the character is likely intended as a general parody, he appears to have been heavily inspired by Chris in particular. He closely resembles pre-tomgirl Chris, and one scene seems to reference the "blue arms" debacle. Mark even orders an orange soda during one scene, though this is probably an unintentional reference.
The episode's writers, Doug Liebilch and Bill Freiberger, responded to questions on Twitter about the episode. Liebilch said that "He's not based on anyone specific. Just an obsessive fan character." Freiberger also denied that Mark was based on Chris, and unlike Liebilch, he knows who Chris is, saying "Mark is 100% NOT based on CWC. He is a general fan type. We've done many blue arm jokes in the series. Not a clue."
UVA Remembers Pulse
- Main article: UVA Remembers Pulse
|dodie - Monster|
Sonichu makes a cameo in dodie's music video for "Monster", around the 47-second mark. He appears on a poster as one of the many monsters looking for love. The text on the poster (though partially covered by others) appears to say that he is "Looking for a boyfriend-free monster", indicating some familiarity with Chris's antics.
|MONSTER by dodie|
In the behind the scene video, hosted by the music video's director, we are given a clearer picture of the poster at the 11:50 mark. The cameo, who was named "Mayor CWC", was claimed by the director to be included out of peer pressure.
Vaporwave artist chris††† used two scenes from Sonichu 8 of Sonichu and Rosechu over a cross and over the American flag as the cover arts to his albums sacrificial lamb and deep dark trench respectively.
Major Internet media
|“||You don't need to search any longer, the creepiest person on the internet has been found||”|
Chris tops the site's list of 20 Worst Internet Losers, posted 13 July 2010.
|“||There could be no other choice to close out this list. Christian Weston Chandler, aka Chris-Chan, is like every horrible thing about the Internet made flesh. Lives with his parents, sponges off the government and uses the cash for PlayStation 3 games and sex toys, walks around the mall with his Game Boy looking for girlfriends, posts incoherent YouTube videos of himself humping an anime bodypillow and yelling “Oh, Julie,” the list will go on forever. C.W.C. is the ne plus ultra of Web losers.||”|
|Heavy.com, 20 Worst Internet Losers|
Something Awful is a comedy website where Chris was first revealed to the world on October 26, 2007.
|Sonic the hog|
|Subject Matter||Reupload by Owldof Hootler|
An article posted on 6 January 2011 on this multimedia blog decried Chris's latest exile from the Internet. It sums up Chris's history and behavior while sharing a personal account of the author taking steps to improve his life in order to distance himself from the similarities he saw between Chris and himself.
|“||It’s a little sad, and a little beautiful, and somewhere out there, Christian Weston Chandler is heating up his Hungry Man lunch in a supermarket microwave (because his kitchen microwave has been buried under old Christmas decorations) and playing his Nintendo DS, and maybe ogling a salesgirl from across the produce section before he approaches her awkwardly and uses a pickup line that he misread from the Internet, and I wish I could continue to see it all.||”|
|SpliceToday.com, Come Back, Christian Weston Chandler|
Nicole Richie's twitter
On 5 December 2009 American socialite Nicole Richie posted on Twitter an image of Chris in his mother's underwear and humorously presented it as a picture of Benji Madden, brother of her then boyfriend (now husband) Joel Madden.
Sega Acknowledges Sonichu
On 13 January 2012, Sonichu was briefly mentioned during a "Free Stuff Friday" video on Sega of America's YouTube channel.
|Male Employee: [while pulling out a Super Sonic plush] Um, this one's on its own?|
Female Employee: Sonichu?
|SEGA's Free Stuff Friday - January 13, 2012|
Internet comedy writer George "Maddox" Ouzounian, best-known for his website The Best Page in the Universe, critiqued Chris's first drawing of Sonic the Hedgehog on one of his side-projects, I Am Better Than Your Kids, as one of many children's drawings to help promote his novel of the same name. Like most other works on the site, Maddox gave the drawing an F.
On a wiki dedicated to Charlottesville culture and "celebrities", he has what can only be described as a tongue-in-cheek article.
Chris would later show up again on 6 August 2018 as #2 of "24 Times Fans Completely And Utterly Lost Their Minds" for his Sonic Boom Protests, which led to the event that happened on 26 December 2014.
Chris's Sonic Totem statue was featured one Smosh's site, via the 'Smosh Pit' section which mostly contains articles, countdowns, and memes. It was listed in the '22 People Who Tried Crafts On Pinterest and TOTALLY NAILED IT' article.
Chris has his own IMDb entry page. To date he only has two credits, both in the "archive footage" category; the aforementioned =3 video, and the later WTFIWWY segment.
Wii U Daily
The website Wii U Daily (now known as Nintendo Today) has an article on the GameStop incident that occurred on 26 December 2014. Chris eventually found the article, then proceeded to go on a long rambling on Facebook on why the writer should respect him and his terrible ways--even going as far to call the writer a horrible male, despite the writer being female.
- Main article: Reddit
There is an entire subreddit on the popular website Reddit entitled "r/chrischansonichu", which is predictably all about Chris and his shenanigans. However, it's marked as NSFW, making it difficult to find.
On 1 September 2016, a post which promised a new Chris story every day of the following month was submitted to the r/CringeAnarchy subreddit. The subreddit's background image was replaced accordingly with the classic picture of Chris staring creepily into the void.
Design & Trend
Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter
|“||Maybe, but only if we give Sonichu blue arms, three scarves, and ultimately just redesign him as Big the Cat.||”|
Two later posts also made minor mentions of Sonichu. The first was on March 9, 2016, in which Dr. Eggman attempts to cancel getting "Big the Cat facts" on his phone by texting his favorite Sonic character, but is told that his favorite Sonic character is Sonichu. The second was April 29, 2016, where "Sonichu" is one possible name on a "What's Your Sonic Name" chart making fun of the "original characters" in the Sonic fandom.
Crave Online Australia
Crave Online, a website showcasing various video coverage from games, films, sports, and others topics covered a convention in Australia called Supanova in 2015. A duo cosplayed as Chris and Sonichu, making a brief reference to Nintendo rejecting Chris's game proposal.
In his review of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 3D for the 3DS, Jim Sterling gives a list of reasons why the original Sonic 2 was an all-time classic. In this list, Jim mentions that the game is "a great way to meet boyfriend-free girls," and also makes reference to the blue arms controversy.
Adam Baldwin's twitter
On 5 December 2015, actor Adam Baldwin tweeted an image showing photos of various people who are either opposed or supporitve of GamerGate. At the top of the image on its far left side a picture of Chris can be seen. The tweet was later on deleted.
Return of Kings
Chris has an article and is commonly used as an example of an "omega" on the Kings Wiki, the wiki of controversial neomasculinity group Return of Kings.
German-American ranter Zip Zap made a slight nod to Chris Chan when comparing a pedophile named Manglenn to him, even adding "at least [Manglenn] doesn't recycle his own semen... not from what we know".
On 20 January 2017, former editor of Breitbart News Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at the University of Washington. The event, called Cyberbullying Isn't Real, contained a segment where Milo comments on how George H. W. Bush, a World War II torpedo bomber pilot and the head of the CIA, was considered a wimp when he ran for president. Milo then poses the question:
|“||What will happen when we have the first presidential campaign featuring a genderqueer furry who has videos of himself crying on YouTube because someone insulted his My Little Pony drawings? We know, don't we, what the first social justice president will look like.||”|
|Milo Yiannopoulos, exhibiting a photo of Chris|
A picture of Chris is then featured on the screen to illustrate Milo's point. Although there were no specific allusions to Chris, Milo gives an eerily accurate description of Chris's internet infamy, seemingly derived solely on the photo itself. Jump to 1:13:02 in the link.
|MILO At University Of Washington: Cyberbullying Isn't Real|
In the Kotaku article What People Miss When They Use 'Autistic' As An Insult, writer Cecilia D'Anastasio points to Chris and Sonichu, along with the actions of trolls on 4chan and Encyclopedia Dramatica, as part of the reason "autism came to be associated with impassioned gamers." The article seemed sympathetic to Chris, though Cecilia acknowledged in a comment that many of his views are offensive and that she does not endorse them, but also claimed that "[Chris's] personal beliefs are not entirely relevant to my article’s main themes".
- Main article: Shrek Retold
On 15 November 2018, a Youtuber by the name of 3GI released a trailer for Shrek Retold, a feature-length collaboration of the first Shrek movie. It is to feature over 200 contributors, each with their own styles. One of them is none other than Chris himself. The collab is set to be released on 29 November 2018, assuming Chris can finish on time. Chris's work is in the 0:55 mark.
|Shrek Retold - Official Trailer|
Death threats against Trump
Later that day, one of his Twitter posts was featured in an article by Alex Jones's Infowars website. The article was linked to on the Drudge Report. David Duke, former member of Louisiana's State Representatives and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, tweeted the article. Chris himself tweeted the article on 10 November.
Daniel "Keemstar" Keem, host of the drama YouTube account Drama Alert, tweeted at Chris and alerted the Secret Service.
Sky Williams, a YouTube gamer with nearly a million subscribers, retweeted Chris's post and added the comment, "k so this shit isn't okay - can we report this?". OneyNG, another YouTube gamer, also retweeted, saying "Chris Chan always knows what to say". Hundreds of retweets were made by their followers.
Conservative website HillaryDaily.com featured the tweet in an article on 10 November.
On 25 June 2012, the indie game McPixel featured a homage to Chris' sexcapades with inanimate objects by having a special ending sequence depicting the titular character dry-humping a PS3 in the same stance Chris was.
|MC Pixel Ending|
The "Goat MMO Simulator" DLC pack adds a simulated MMO mode that parodies games such as World of Warcraft. AI-controlled goats and a simulated chat simulate the presence of other players, and their names are drawn randomly from a list of pre-generated names. 'Chris-chan' is one of the names on this list.
OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo
An iOS/Android beat-'em-up based on a Cartoon Network pilot, OK K.O.! introduces certain characters with a short biography screen (including a quote). The one for Carol (the player character's mother) has her saying "Go out and defend our Plaza – to the extreme!" (clearly echoing the cover to Sonichu #0). This same phrase is also present in the pilot episode of the cartoon series, appearing at around five and a half minutes in.
Worth noting is that OK K.O.! is intended for general audiences.
In the 2018 RPG HEARTBEAT, a minor NPC character named "Crispy Boy", whose appearance and mannerisms are obviously based on Chris, can be interacted with in one of the game's locations.
|Chris Chan Reference in HEARTBEAT|
- List of Christian's comments on Youtube#SEGA's Free Stuff Friday-January 13, 2012
- IMDb page
- Man maces GameStop employee over Sonic Boom | Wii U
- Man maces employee over Sonic Boom: rage
- Announcing Chris History Month! : CringeAnarchy
- GameStop Employee Maced In Shocking Assault By 'Sonic' Fanboy Over Sonic's Arms: 'Sonichu' Creator Jailed
- Yiannopoulos mistakenly refers to Bush as a fighter pilot in his speech. George H. W. Bush flew a Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber.