Riley B. King, better known as a legendary blues singer and guitarist B.B. King, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 14, 2015. Not 24 hours after his death, Steve Huff from Huff Paranormal, acting on the urging of his fans, conducted a spirit box (an instrumental trans-communication device, which allows non-physical beings to communicate through electronic devices) session in an attempt to communicate with the guitar legend. He then uploaded the video to his Facebook page.
This has sparked outrage from several paranormal groups and various individuals who viewed this stunt as offensive. Alex Matsuo wrote a blog entry entitled “My Skewed View of Death According To Steve Huff.” In her post, Matsuo denounces Huffs actions as “morally wrong.” Having recently dealt with a death of a family member, she called the timing of the video “extraordinarily distasteful.” Matsuo messaged Huff about the video on Facebook, letting him know what she thought about the video’s timing. Huff responded unapologetically, saying “I simply post what comes through, and if you do not like how I do things, then do not come here. If a message comes in from someone who died 6 hours ago, I will post it as it is called research and figuring out some of life’s mysteries.”
Justin Brown from Interface Death also responded to Huff’s post virtually the same manner as Matsuo. He calls Huff’s attempts to communicate with B.B. King “asinine” and “unethical.” Brown feels this “should be done in private and not posted on the internet.”
Regardless of the fact that ghost hunting is centered on communicating with those that have passed, it is agreed that some boundaries shouldn’t be crossed. Everyone has heard of lawyers that chase ambulances to try to get clients; this was ambulance chasing for B.B. King. Matsuo suggested rather than posting the video to let the family know that he had a conversation with King from beyond the grave. No grieving family wants to see someone posting a video of them trying to communicate, or receive a phone call notifying them that someone talked to their recently deceased relative. The best thing that Huff could have done was decline his followers’ requests or waited for time to pass before trying to cash in on talking to a celebrity ghost.
Before anyone decides what to think of Huff’s actions, ask yourself one question: Would you want someone attempting to communicate with your loved one and posting the video of it just hours after their passing?