Will Chrissy Teigen be forgiven after second, agonized apology?

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Will Chrissy Teigen be forgiven after second, agonized apology?

Chrissy Teigen on Monday issued a second, very lengthy and urgent apology about her “awful” tweets from 10 years ago that recently resurfaced and forced her to admit that she was a “troll” who cyber-bullied a teenaged TV personality and other celebrities.

Will Teigen’s latest apology help her be forgiven in the court of public opinion for telling a then-16-year-old Courtney Stodden to commit suicide? Will her statement, issued as a blog post on Medium, allow the supermodel wife of singer John Legend to resume her lucrative career as a Twitter personality, cookbook author and life-style influencer?

So far, many of Teigen’s fans believe she should be forgiven and say that everyone has said and done mean things in their past that they regret, but it remains to be seen whether others, including her corporate sponsors, will be moved by her statement, .

Teigen first apologized on Twitter May 12 and then went silent on  social media. In her Medium post Monday, she said “I am so sorry,” both to the young female celebrities she attacked, and to her fans. She called herself “a troll” and an “ass—-” and wrote about the agony she’s been living in since the controversy erupted last month.

“I’ve been sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment, the ultimate ‘sit here and think about what you’ve done,’” she said. “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.”

Teigen said she personally has reached out to the people she has insulted — presumably Stodden — and explained the process of becoming a Twitter troll in the early days of the social media platform. She admitted that she was immature, insecure and used Twitter to become famous early in her modeling career.

“If there was a pop culture pile-on, I took to Twitter to try to gain attention and show off what I at the time believed was a crude, clever, harmless quip,” Teigen wrote. “I thought it made me cool and relatable if I poked fun at celebrities.”

Teigen’s post comes across as a well-crafted and potentially effective apology, mostly because it doesn’t come off as the non-apology apology that public figures often resort to when they are caught saying or doing harmful things. For example, she doesn’t say she’s sorry “if” Stodden and others were offended, essentially putting the blame on her targets for their feelings being hurt.

Instead, Teigen writes as though she acknowledges that she’s the guilty party and that she deserves to be called out.

“Now, confronted with some of the things that I said, I cringe to my core. I’ll honestly get sharp, stabbing pains in my body, randomly remembering my (expletive) past, and I deserve it,” Teigen said.

“Words have consequences and there are real people behind the Twitter handles I went after,” Teigen continued. “I wasn’t just attacking some random avatar, but hurting young women — some who were still girls — who had feelings. How could I not stop and think of that? Why did I think there was some invisible psycho-celebrity formula that prevents anyone with more followers from experiencing pain? How did I not realize my words were cruel? What gave me the right to say these things?”

Teigen’s fall from pop-culture grace began with a May 10 profile of Stodden in the Daily Beast. Stodden, who is now 26 and identifies as nonbinary, using they/them pronouns, told the Daily Beast they were publicly shamed by Teigen and other celebrities in 2011 and 2012 after they became a media sensation for their troubling marriage and unconventional behavior.

Stodden told the Daily Beast: “(Teigen) wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’”

Teigen also reportedly mocked troubled star Lindsay Lohan, who has admitted to cutting herself in the past, by tweeting: “Lindsay adds a few more slits to her wrists when she sees Emma Stone.” In 2013, Teigen publicly called “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham “a whore.”

After Stodden’s interview and other revelations resurfaced about Teigen’s past online behavior, she issued her first apology on May 12, but major retailers began to distance themselves from her, including Target, Bloomingdale’s and Macy. The latter, without explanation, stopped selling the cookbook author’s “Cravings” cookware line on its website.

“Saturday Night Live” joined the pop-culture pile-on when Pete Davidson made a joke during his “Weekend Update” segment that “one good thing” about the COVID-19 pandemic is that it at least got “Chrissy Teigen out of our lives.”

Last week, Variety reported that Teigen had bowed out of a guest role performing a voiceover in Mindy Kaling’s Netflix comedy series “Never Have I Ever,” and even Teigen’s good friend, Kris Jenner, was forced to reassess their partnership in a new company that sells plant-based cleaning products.

Safely, the company that Teigen and Jenner co-founded, decided to stop having the supermodel co-star with Jenner in marketing their products, The Sun reported. Jenner agreed it was necessary to cut Teigen from promotional efforts as much as possible, after “sales tanked” amid the scandal, The Sun added.

The situations involving Kaling’s show and Teigen’s own company indicate that Teigen “looks to be pretty canceled,” according to Vox. Writer Constance Grady said that Teigen’s downfall signifies changes in what’s socially acceptable on Twitter, the platform the supermodel has long ruled as its “unofficial” queen.

Teigen seems to refer to the changing Twitter attitudes in her Medium post, though she still writes as though she is holding herself responsible, not changing attitudes.

“When I first started using social media, I had so much fun with it. I made jokes, random observations,” she wrote. “And I used it to snark at some celebrities.”

In another mark of a well-crafted apology, Teigen writes about how she’s changed in the last 10 years, after growing up, getting married, having children, going through an extensive amount of therapy and becoming the target of vicious social media criticism herself.

“Life has made me more empathetic. I’m more understanding of what motivates trolling — the instant gratification that you get from lashing out and clapping back, throwing rocks at someone you think is invincible because they’re famous,” Teigen wrote. “Also, I know now how it feels to be on the receiving end of incredible vitriol. Believe me, the irony of this is not lost on me.”

Finally, Teigen doesn’t assert the view that she’s been punished enough, or that she deserves forgiveness, a strategy that could make even her critics believe she had shown remorse.

“I have so much love to give if you are open and willing to accept it. And if not, that’s okay too,” Teigen said. “I won’t ask for your forgiveness, only your patience and tolerance. I ask that you allow me, as I promise to allow you, to own past mistakes and be given the opportunity to seek self improvement and change.”

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