Chrissy Teigen and John Legend never chose baby names before they gave birth, the model and businesswoman wrote in a raw post on Wednesday night. This time it was different. This time they took the fetus call Jack. And by this time, they will no longer have a son to take home from the hospital. Teigen spread out.
The businessman’s model and doctor laid him in bed earlier this fall, and he was later hospitalized with excessive bleeding. As he notes in the post, blood transfusions are not enough to save Jack. Writing to his late son, Teigen said, “I apologize that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we could not give you the house you needed to live. We always love you . “
Fans and celebrities responded with empathy and even gratitude, thanking Teigen and Legend for being open about a grieving process that still carries a lot of stigma. But others responded … differently.
For some, finding sympathy for a grieving family has clearly proved an impossible task. QAnon believers and the “pro-life”; figures mocked and ridiculed the couple’s grief and, in some cases, used their miscarriage as a way to miscarry. The comments themselves are the intellectual equivalent of the silly people celebrating rancid Trump Steaks, and the vitriol Teigen was received perfectly crystallizing the toxic and utter stupidity taken by our online discourse.
Scroll to supporting comments from various Instagram fans and supporters and you’ll also see entries like, “That’s the karma for eating kids.” Another: “God’s vengeance ….” Another: “Ritual ritual ritual ritual! To bring back his fans !!!” Another: “Who is taking this picture? How much attention do you need? Really? “
And then there is … whatever it is: “Probabaly karma from all the children you sacrificed. Mothers babies who have never had a chance in life. Whose last moments are filled with fear and cry for protection. You know the truth. Face what you sewed madam. You will answer god … rest in peace in the lives of lost children .. your twitter posts are all over the internet no longer hiding the truth. “
For years, QAnon supporters have been harassing Teigen, claiming he was linked to Jeffrey Epstein; Earlier this year a clear fake flight log allegedly from Epstein’s private jet, the “Lolita Express,” with her name.
Teigen described the vitriol he received in early September. “I can’t leave crazy comments on my friend’s pages knowing they were flooded with pizzagate insanity,” he wrote on Instagram. “My own fan pages wrote to me, asking if I still wanted to talk even though the comments were very hurtful.”
Now, Teigen’s fall unites two toxic factions online right: QAnon chuds and anti-abortions who call themselves “pro-life” but clearly view the loss of a family as a rhetoric that opportunity.
Example: Imagine reading Teigen’s post and then writing it, as Republican congressman documentary and candidate Errol Webber did: “Chrissy Tiegan and John Legend are expected to re-evaluate their abortion attitudes after their offensive experience. It’s not a bunch of cells. It’s either a baby or not. ”
The obvious difference is that Teigen and Legend want to deliver, maintain, and raise the baby so that their “cluster of cells” will grow. That person, that child, they are grieving today – a difference to anyone who does not try to have no political points easily made.
However, others have come forward with the same “useful” point — like unsigned linebacker Bryan Kehl, and an Instagram commentator who simply wrote, “Think of it as an abortion … you always shout about on how you love abortions. “
In addition to seeing abortion as an opportunity to re-litigate abortion – at a time when Roe v. Wade is under serious threat – others have gathered to criticize him for posting about the abortion at all. Some went so far as to accuse Teigen of “clout chasing.”
Teigen’s status as a celebrity and one of the world’s leading influencers makes it an ideal target for online trolls. He is also known as most of the stars, but his open social media persona has given the public more access to him than most A-listers. He also had a love of mocking the president.
So far, it appears that Teigen has received more support than he has been laughed at. But either way the negative comments sent to him should not be ignored. It is unthinkable to invest so deeply in a baseless theory of conspiracy that laughing at someone’s miscarriage seems appropriate. It is bad to reduce the loss of a family to a political point in question. And it is disgusting to accuse a woman of “chasing after the chase” and demanding that she grieve “privately” simply for talking about her grief.
One could argue that just saying can only be done, as the old saying goes, “feed the trolls.” But in targeting a grieving couple in this way, they have more to say about themselves than anyone else.