Chrissy Teigen has Twitter to thank for helping to make her a household name, but now she's saying goodbye to the microblogging site after receiving death threats.
The Internet's funniest supermodel signed off from the site Thursday after a tweet she posted following the Ottawa shooting on Wednesday went viral in a bad way and she was deluged with hateful comments and threats against her life. The 28-year-old — who has 540,000 followers thanks to her witty observations about celebrity, current events, cooking, and canines — signed off with this message:
Shortly before, she posted one of the menacing tweets, which included a homophobic slur about her husband, John Legend.
The drama started soon after an armed attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian Forces member at the National War Memorial before being shot dead in Parliament's Centre Block. Teigen commented about the incident, not criticizing Canada in any way, but America's own widely-debated issues about gun control and violence.
Teigen was swiftly blasted for her tweet, which many described as "insensitive," and tried to explain herself beyond the 140-character limit:
However, frustrated by being misunderstood, she soon gave up:
But the Twitterverse didn't give up. In fact, things took an especially nasty turn. For example, user @JV_President — whose account has since been suspended — wrote, "Rot in hell b—h." Followed by "U f–king c–t. You'll get urs soon enough." There were many, many others along the same vein.
On Thursday, Teigen posted several more tweets on the topic before signing off, including these:
The vitriol went beyond Twitter. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros attacked Teigen on Outnumbered on Thursday, saying, she "is known for obviously her lovely bottom and her food Instagram pictures. She should stick to that. This is the problem when models start to talk; it plays into that dumb model stereotype."
It remains unclear whether Teigen is done with Twitter permanently or if this will be a brief hiatus, but she's been a fixture on the site since she joined in 2009. While she was already well into her modeling career at the time, it helped boost her celebrity status considerably. Instead of just being a pretty face in an ad campaign, she was known for her sassy wit. Earlier this year she landed the cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, which many thought had a small something to do with her hip, social media presence.
So, for now at least, her online Chrissy-isms will be limited to Instagram. Which is good news to her 1,068,766 followers there, but bad news for her Twitter devotees.
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