Leave it to Chrissy Teigen to have the best response to social media bullies. On Thursday, Teigen posted a photo collage of herself at MTV's upfronts and she got some insensitive responses about her weight in return. Instead of just ignoring the comments, Chrissy Teigen confronted the rude followers and made a point about social media that a shockingly large amount of people tend to ignore.
First, Teigen posted a photo screenshot of the Instagram comments with one tactless comment reading, "Putting on that weight momma" and another which says simply, "You gained weight?" Along with this she wrote, "Honestly fuck you all. Why do I even open anything up to you." This might seem a little extreme — Really? Fuck everyone? Even me, Chrissy? — but she goes on to more clearly explain.
She continued, "In what other real life situation would you walk up to someone and tell them they're fat or gained weight? Seriously you are POS... I don't know why I am always surprised when you let me down. I gotta get used to this shit."
Teigen is followed by half a million people on Instagram because she's famous and decided to share her profile publicly. Many celebrities do this and they often receive unkind comments. People tend to not see the connection between the social media account of a famous person and the real live human behind it. It's like people don't understand that celebrities can feel hurt by comments from strangers just like anyone else can. This is how Jimmy Kimmel's celebs reading mean tweets segment came about. Teigen's absolutely right, you wouldn't tell a stranger or an acquaintance or a coworker point-blank, "You've gained weight," so it shoudn't make sense to do over an Internet connection either. The Internet is real life as well, ya know.
Teigen went on to add,
It's become pretty accepted that non-celebrities can just act like horrible people and not be held accountable, while celebrities just have to get over it. It's ridiculous. Here's a tip: With every tweet you write about someone, you should just go ahead an assume that person can see it. Especially if you use their handle in the tweet. And a million times especially if you are on Instagram and WRITING IT IN THEIR COMMENTS.
I hope that the followers who wrote rude messages to Teigen see her tweets and realize that there really is a connection between the social media account and the real person — something that should be obvious already.