Chrissy Teigen is taking a break from social media—here’s why
Chrissy Teigen has been our Twitter queen for years, because she never fails to make us laugh or keep it real when it comes to dealing with social media trolls. But it seems she’s taking a break from the platform as a result some drama with a fellow cookbook author. Allow us to explain.
In an interview with New Consumer published on Thursday, May 7th, columnist Alison Roman mentioned Teigen by name, calling her out for having a “successful cookbook” and then a cookware line at Target, and accusing her of “running a content farm.” She added, “That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that. But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of fucking money.”
Roman also accused Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo of “[capitalizing] on her fame” with a product line. The social media backlash to Roman’s comments was swift, especially given that she was specifically targeting two women of color.
Teigen addressed Roman’s comments on Twitter the next day, writing, “This is a huge bummer and hit me hard.” She noted that she was a supporter of Roman’s and was even supposed to be working with her on a TV show.
Teigen, a two-time cookbook author, shared a thread expressing her thoughts, showing her support for Kondo, and explaining, “I didn’t ‘sell out’ by making my dreams come true. To have a cookware line, to get to be a part of that process start to finish, to see something go from sketch to in my hands, I love that.”
For her part, Roman apologized to Teigen on Twitter, hoping to clarify her statements that she was “not coming for anyone who’s successful, especially not women,” adding, “my business model does not include a product line, which work very well for some, but I don’t see working for me.”
While plenty of people came to Teigen’s defense, some used the opportunity to share some of her resurfaced problematic tweets, which seemingly prompted Teigen to make her Twitter account private and share that she’s taking a “little break.”
“This is what always happens,” she tweeted on May 10th. “The first day, a ton of support, then the next, 1 million reasons as to why you deserved this. It never fails,” she wrote, adding, “I really hate what this drama has caused this week.”
The added attention, she wrote, “seems gross to me so I’m gonna take a little break.”
Of course, we totally understand why she wants to step away from Twitter for a bit, and we don’t blame her for doing so. Either way, the exchange serves as a reminder that words do matter, whether on social media or in interviews. Twitter take-downs are never a good look.
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