Terry Coffey got an incredible lesson in irony after mocking Caitlyn Jenner’s ‘bravery’ on Facebook.
Caitlyn Jenner’s editorial debut has been met with all sorts of attention, with varying degrees of negativity or positivity. Whatever your opinion, she’s definitely one of the hot-button topics of discussion this summer.
Terry Coffey, an Oregonian from Salem, chose to share his thoughts on the subject by posting a photograph on Facebook meant to mock the ‘bravery’ and ‘courage’ many are commending Jenner for displaying. The photograph, seen above, features two gentleman trudging through the mud in what looks like WWII period clothing. One of the men has the other hoisted over his back, while the one being carried defends them both with a pointed gun.
Coffey captioned the photo, “As I see post after post about Bruce Jenner’s transition to a woman, and I hear words like, bravery, heroism, and courage, just thought I’d remind all of us what real American courage, heroism, and bravery looks like!”
The post has since received almost 800,000 shares (though received a disproportionate amount of likes at only 144 thumbs up.)
However, there’s a lot more to this image than meets the eye.
After doing a little more research Coffey found an incredible irony tucked into the photograph’s past, which he shared publicly in a follow-up post. “This afternoon, I wanted to find out who the photographer was, so I could credit his work,” writes Terry.
“In an ironic twist, I have discovered that the photo is part of a documentary created by a man who was beaten nearly to death outside of a bar in 2000. After spending 9 days in a coma, suffering severe brain damage and being unable to walk or talk for a year, he chose to deal with the pain of the tragic event, by creating an imaginary world of characters and photos and stories, all set in WWII. His work is the subject of an upcoming documentary.”
So the imagined photograph, exemplary of bravery, heroism and brotherhood turned out to be entirely fictitious. But that’s not all…
“Why was he nearly beaten to death by 5 strangers? Because he was a cross-dresser.”
A letter sent to Snopes.com reveals further information on the man behind the photograph.
It turns out the photograph is actually a blurred pair of posed Ken dolls by NY artist Mark Hogancamp. “Hogancamp has constructed a fictitious, miniature Belgian village in his front yard as a therapeutic measure to deal with the PTSD and brain damage he experienced fifteen years ago after a savage beating by five men… He has recreated WWII-esque battle scenes like the one pictured as a cathartic comparison to his own experience. That experience: being beaten nearly to death for transvestism.”
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Coffey took the astounding karmic note in stride and admitted that, through whatever divine whim that inspired him to post that particular photograph, there was a big lesson to be learned through the post.
“I could have chosen any one of hundreds of photos depicting bravery, but I chose this one,” Coffey writes. “Do I think it was an accident? No, I don’t. What happened to this man was cruel, wrong, and unforgivable,” Coffey said. “Hate helps nothing, love wounds no one, and God heals all (and irony makes you think).”
View the trailer for the upcoming documentary about Hogancamp below.
This story seems way too coincidental to be true.