Remember back in March when Chrissy Teigen said she was deleting her Twitter account because of internet negativity and the effect it was having on her? Well, it turns out Teigen herself was one of the people making the online world a more toxic place.
After the social media influencer and former swimsuit model deactivated her Twitter account, Teigen’s long history of cyber bullying was revealed. She was also accused of encouraging a 16-year-old to commit suicide about a decade ago.
Teigen apologized for the cyber bullying after many of her old tweets resurfaced, saying, “I was a troll.”
“Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past,” she wrote in a lengthy Medium post in June. “As you know, a bunch of my old awful (awful, awful) tweets resurfaced. I’m truly ashamed of them.”
“There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets. My targets didn’t deserve them. No one does,” Teigen said of her cyber bullying.
Teigen said in her apology that there was no justification for her behavior. “I wasn’t just attacking some random avatar, but hurting young women – some who were still girls – who had feelings,” Teigen said.
Among the repercussions for her behavior: several major retailers have reportedly dropped Teigen’s cookware line.
On Wednesday, Teigen observed that she could be canceled forever.
Many people on the left criticize those who complain about “Cancel Culture” by saying that being “cancelled” means being “held accountable.” But there’s a big difference between being “canceled” (such as being fired for a job) for expressing an unpopular political opinion, and being held to account for deplorable actions. Facing consequences for telling a teen to kill herself falls under the category of being held to account.
Hopefully, Teigen’s apology was sincere. Hopefully it was not just a way of laying low until the storm passes. Hopefully she grows from the experience.
Be kind to people. It’s fair to discuss differences of opinion but do so with respect.