On this season of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days, viewers were introduced to Geoffrey Paschel of Knoxville, TN.
Geoffrey’s checkered past — which includes numerous arrests, 30 months in prison for drug-related crimes, and an ongoing domestic violence case — raised eyebrows among fans.
Several viewers thought a violent man shouldn’t be allowed a platform on the show.
Some fans even started a petition to remove Geoffrey from the show, and it has over 3,000 signatures. Thus far, however, the petition hasn’t gone very far, and Geoffrey is still being featured.
Geoffrey suffered a recent tragedy
Although fans have been angry about the domestic violence allegations against Geoffrey, they’ve also been supportive of his grief over a recent tragedy.
In March 2018, Geoffrey’s 13-month-old son Kazhem died of complications from seizures.
The loss of a child is devastating to any parent. For the most part, viewers have been supportive of Geoffrey regarding Kazhem’s passing.
But there are always trolls and cruelty, and unfortunately, Geoffrey’s come across a particularly nasty 90 Day viewer.
In a recent Instagram post, Geoffrey showed a screenshot of a message he received from a stranger. “Have you killed any children lately that have been in your care?” it read.
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THIS, my friends, is what is wrong in the world. It is sickening and I honestly don’t have the words for it. I feel genuinely sorry for people like her. She must not have been shown love, is so consumed with her own hate, or has such low self-worth, that she felt the need to break someone else down in order to make herself feel better. If the latter was her goal, she succeeded. . I can tell you that my son’s death consumes me 24/7 and I go through life questioning the “what ifs” constantly. Was there something I could have done differently? What If I would have just been there, could have prevented it? I would have traded my life for his in an instant and I wouldn’t have missed a beat taking his place. . Show love. Stop the hate. It is wrong and disgusting on so many levels. I would never wish the experience of losing a child on my worst enemy. The pain is and will always be there without strangers, or anyone for that matter, trying to make it worse. . I would never, in a million years, think I would ever have to tell people behavior like this is wrong, however here I am…
The message was heartless, but Geoffrey responded gracefully. “She must not have been shown love, is so consumed with her own hate, or has such low self-worth that she felt the need to break someone else down in order to make herself feel better,” Geoffrey explained.
Although he’s trying to be empathetic, Geoffrey was clearly deeply hurt by the message.
“My son’s death consumes me 24/7…Was there something I could have done differently? What if I would have just been there, could I have prevented it? I would have traded my life for his in an instant.”
Commenters on the post quickly came to Geoffrey’s defense.
“I’m sorry they targeted you,” said one sympathetic fan, “I lost my grandson four years ago when he was only three months old and I think of him every day. Don’t let these trolls get the best of you, you have my support and deepest condolences, God bless.”
Geoffrey’s Instagram has been a hotbed of controversy
Although fans were pretty unanimously on Geoffrey’s side with his last post, that hasn’t always been the case.
Three days ago, he posted a photo of himself sitting on a throne of toilet paper and corona beer. The picture was meant to be lighthearted, but with shortages due to the panic sweeping the country, fans didn’t find it all that funny.
Moving forward, Geoffrey’s sure to keep fans updated on his page, and we’ll also be able to watch him throughout this season of Before the 90 Days.
Thankfully, he’s got enough toilet paper.
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days airs on Sundays at 8/7c on TLC.