Sir No-Face a No-Show?
Over at our sister site, topcomics.com, I was grousing this week about the way certain sites will report on unfounded rumors as if they were facts. Bearing that in mind, I need to preface this with a disclaimer. I am not a journalist. I don’t want to be a journalist. Had I wanted to be a journalist, I would have majored in journalism in college. I write for an entertainment website. Several entertainment websites. I’m an entertainer, a song and dance man. On some occasions I will do an impersonation of an investigative journalist, but it’s a pantomime. I ain’t no Woodward or Bernstein. Even so, I will not knowingly make statements that are either falsehoods or opinion pieces and present them as factual. If something is a rumor, I will say that it is a rumor. Nothing more. Are we clear on that? Good. The following, then, is a rumor. I do not have firsthand knowledge, and the allegations that have been made are just that, allegations.
Last week I reported on the SIR NO-FACE documentary that is currently on a tour of the country, and its stopover in Huntsville, Alabama. I spoke of my personal involvement–or lack thereof–as I had tried numerous times to contact the people behind the documentary, but they had never responded. I said that the whole thing seemed shady to me. Opinion, not fact. It is a FACT only that I find the thing questionable. After the posting of this article, I heard from other individuals who claimed–and these are THEIR claims, not mine–that Chad Calek, director of the SIR NO-FACE documentary, has a history of fabricating so-called “evidence.” I did a little digging, and yes, there are allegations that he faked footage shown in his previous film, AMERICAN GHOST HUNTER. There are allegations that he and partner Ryan Buell faked footage for the A&E television show PARANORMAL STATE. There are those who claim they were ripped off by the people behind that show, and several complaints have been lodged. Buell was arrested for theft in 2016 and again in 2017 for assault.
It would seem that Buell had nothing to do with SIR NO-FACE. All we can state factually, then, at this point is that Calek was once involved with a guy who was arrested for theft, that Calek was part of a television program accused of faking its footage, and that there have been allegations that he also faked footage for his previous film. Now he is peddling SIR NO-FACE as incontrovertible proof of the existence of ghosts, and you can see it when it comes to a city near you for a more than modest fee. (This last statement is my opinion. Others might not think the cost to be ridiculously high.)
I’m trying to remain as fair as I can, friends. I’m trying to clearly draw a line between what is established fact and what is only speculation. Based on everything I’ve seen, this whole thing is suspicious as hell. That’s my opinion. You all can form opinions of your own.
I said last week that I didn’t consider it any of my business if Calek is ripping people off. I still don’t. I can admire a good piece of Barnum-esque chicanery, even. Because I’m NOT a journalist, I’ve dug as deep into this as I care to. I’m only reporting on it, again–let’s put that word in quotations, “reporting”–because of the things I was told by other people–and because I find this whole thing rather entertaining, and entertaining is what I’m here to do.
All of that being said, I, because I am basically a moral person, do want to be fair, as I’ve said before, several times. In the interest of fairness, then, once again, I extend to Chad Calek and the other folks behind SIR NO-FACE the invitation to comment on any of the allegations I’ve touched upon here, or upon anything they wish to comment, for that matter. Or not. I, meanwhile, am off to keep spinning plates and hula-hooping. I’ll be here all week.