I’ve never been shy about my love for Chrissy Teigen on this blog. She’s hilarious, witty, smart and I have her love of cooking to blame for my current obsession with making (not just eating) good food. I’ve always said that Chrissy was awesome, but when I say that now, I mean it beyond our mutual love for bacon and Ina Garten.
Chrissy sent out what was, to logical minds, a fairly harmless tweet implying that Chris Brown was lip synching during his Billboard Music Awards performance. What followed was something beyond what anyone, even those familiar with Team Breezy (and their willingness to get beat up by their idol), could’ve imagined. The worst of Chris Brown’s fans started sending vile, vulgar and disgusting tweets. They called her names (including calling her a “hoe”, as in the gardening tool), swore at her and even told her fiance John Legend that he needed to “put her on a leach” (this bunch ain’t winning a spelling bee anytime soon).
And whereas most of us would’ve just ignored the tweets or started spewing back the hate, this is how Chrissy decided to respond:
How Chrissy even replied to these trolls with humor and wit is beyond me. And she even tries to reason with them, writing:
“I am not picking on anyone or telling ANYONE to hate the dude. I like some of his music too. YOU can like it. You CAN. But WHY the insane hate and “team”?? Why can’t you just CHILL THE F**K OUT. I’ve had comments ranging from “kill yourself you stupid HO” to “gold digging c*nt” “get a f**king job”, etc. because I don’t like him? Seriously. This isn’t your f**king job. Stop being psychotic. Be strong women. Listen to opinions without spewing pure maliciousness. Don’t throw around the term ho, c*nt, slut. You’re women. WE ARE WOMEN. And don’t ever think a man can f**king control you. You guys are too young for this shit. Too f**king young. How you can even form these sentences at someone you don’t know makes me so sad. John has gotten numerous comments about him needed to “leash” me or “control” me. FROM WOMEN. Please stop this. It’s so sad. What are you even doing this for? Some good music and dancing? Good God. DO BETTER. Ennnnnd.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Of course, it didn’t end there. The worst of the tweets were still to come in the form of death threats and wishes that Chrissy get raped and murdered. It’s gotten to the point that even Chris Brown had to ask his fans not to send the threats, although he asked them to stop because “It’s the wrong message! Ur turning haters into victims! And that only furthers their pointless existence!”. Chris has since deleted the tweet, being the upstanding gentleman that he is, but it is worth pointing out that he did not ask them to stop because, I don’t know, it’s wrong, hard stop (not just the “wrong message), twisted and crazy to threaten to kill someone over her opinion.
Even through the worst of the sick and disgusting comments, though, Chrissy has refused to be bullied into shutting up. Some people fault her for fueling the fire and responding to the tweets, and for even making the initial comment on Chris. Some say that she’s in the wrong for fighting back against teenaged children (because they ARE kids, and it’s heartbreaking). But I admire her for standing up for herself and sticking to her guns when every one else (including me) would’ve given up and moved on. It’s maddening, frustrating and exhausting to argue with people who are blinded by their rabid and inexplicable love (can you even call it love?) for an unrepentant woman-beater. But Chrissy does it anyway and in such a hilarious way, too because she wants “better for girls”.
And don’t we all. Even if they don’t seem to want if for themselves.
PS: I tried very hard for this NOT to be a commentary on Chris Brown himself, apart from that bit towards the end. But if your curious of what I really think of him anyway, I think these two posts from elsewhere in the internet will illustrate that: click here and here.