Peter Coffin has earned the ridicule of the Internet for (allegedly) making up a fake girlfriend and using "her" various social networking accounts to harass a model and tell racist jokes. He's still denying wrongdoing, but the whole scandal raises a question: why would somebody invent a fake girlfriend in the first place?
The story, in brief: Coffin, an aspiring comedian, insulted Singaporean model/blogger Xiaxue over Twitter. She blocked him, and then began getting insulting tweets from one Kimi Kobayashi. Coffin claimed Kobayashi was his eighteen-year-old Japanese girlfriend, and the two had extensive conversations over Twitter and YouTube, some focusing on attributes of Coffin's penis. Kobayashi also posted twitpics of herself with various racist and unfunny captions about "Asians." After a little digging, Xiaxue discovered that Kobayashi didn't even exist — her pictures were actually of a Korean model, and Xiaxue suspected the entire thing was a ruse cooked up by Coffin himself. On Reddit, Coffin claims he was duped by some unknown third party: