Chrissy Teigen crushed by 'sell-out' accusation
A New York Times columnist has rocked the boat
Ah, Chrissy Teigen. A reliable and lovable US TV personality if ever there was one, and a good cook to boot. She has been the centre of many a thrilling news story in the past few weeks. Only two weeks ago we learned about her cunning recipe substitution suggestions, and at the beginning of lockdown she was warming hearts and minds as she swapped lettuce for banana bread.
This week, she found herself embroiled in an exchange that was bordering on scandalous, as she faced criticism from New York Times food columnist Alison Roman. Roman was featured in an article in The New Consumer about her career, her recipes and a few of her opinions on integrity.
She spoke openly about how public figures have a tendency to wring out every ounce of profit from their public persona through product lines.
"There’s just too much stuff in the world. I want so much less stuff in my life, and I don’t want to contribute to that."
Having stated her own position, Roman named a couple of examples of people doing it wrong.
Firstly, Marie Kondo, who followed her book about de-cluttering with a product line. Clearly, this is, as Roman states, "completely antithetical to everything she’s ever taught you".
Then she turned to our golden girl, Chrissy T.
She said, "Like, what Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that. But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of fucking money."
It wasn't long before news of this reached Teigen. She responded with this:
She continued, "I didn't 'sell out' by making my dreams come true. To have a cookware line, to get to be a part of that process start to finish, to see something go from sketch to in my hands, I love that."
Clearly bruised, Teigen continued to tweet away:
It wasn't long before the internet rallied behind the star, and the attack was quickly framed as an issue of women holding each other down.
All the while, Chrissy tweeted her heart out:
It wasn't long before Roman responded, backpedalling at full throttle:
And then, as the tirade drew on, the full apology came:
With the apology in hand, Chrissy gave Alison the cold shoulder she truly deserved:
A thrilling encounter that shows that even during lockdown there is no reason to go spare on celebrity gossip and Twitter mayhem.