Chrissy Teigen left Twitter in a hurry after food writer Alison Roman compared the model’s social media streak to “a content farm” in May, prompting Teigen to deactivate her account in defense of her mental health. She had grown tired of taking “punches” on social media and departed the platform with an empowering note for her legions of followers to remember her by. That was barely a month ago and Twitter backed her without question. But the wheel of fate has since made a blind turn and once a social media darling, Chrissy Teigen is now universally reviled.
What happened. It all has to do with Chrissy Teigen’s documented maltreatment of then-16-year-old Courtney Stodden, an abuse survivor once groomed to marry actor Doug Hutchison — a man 34 years their senior — when they were still a teenager. Teigen joined the media circus in publicly degrading Stodden, shaming them for what is now revealed to be a predatory connection, unconscionably made a spectacle by people like Chrissy Teigen. In a long-overdue exposé written by The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, Courtney Stodden (now 26) narrates the shocking details of the last 10 years, from Hutchison’s gaslighting to Teigen’s equally abhorrent tweets and DMs ceaselessly urging them (note: Stodden identifies as non-binary.) to commit suicide. Chrissy Teigen is trending once more, but for all the wrong reasons.
Social media detectives dug up the mother of two’s tweet history and discovered Chrissy Teigen brazenly fantasizing about Stodden “taking a dirt nap,” accusing the highschooler of taking drugs because of the way their mouth looked, called them an “idiot,” and daring them to “go to sleep forever.” A dirt nap is slang for permanent death, specifically funerals and being buried six feet under.
While the cookbook author seemed to content herself with routinely harassing Stodden in public and declaring her unwavering hatred for them, the recent divorcee asserts Teigen’s direct messages were even more insidious. Chrissy Teigen reportedly told Stodden, “I can’t wait for you to die” with as much superfluous vitriol as Teigen claims social media negativity has for her. This is a woman who called foul when someone happened to compare her to a Roblox character in real life. The audacity of slamming Twitter for being toxic when she herself has perpetuated the same disgusting cycle is outrageous to say the least. And now cancel culture has found her.
Courtney Stodden’s trauma is painfully evident in their interview with Stern, and they add: “People came out of the woodwork to beat up on a kid because she was in a situation that she shouldn’t have been in. There were a lot of celebrities acting like playground bullies. Some of the worst treatment I got was from women, and we’re not going to get anywhere if we keep holding each other back.”
Stodden outed Chrissy Teigen in March for being a “hypocrite,” responding to the latter’s Twitter exit with, “What a shame @chrissyteigen is leaving Twitter… It’s too ‘negative’ for herrrrrr,” with sufficient emphasis on the dead-on Nazi undertones. Stodden punctuated their tweet with hashtags #chrissyteigen and #bully, but it wasn’t until The Daily Beast published its tell-all that social media finally took notice.
Chrissy Teigen isn’t the only female Hollywood celebrity who openly mocked Courtney Stodden on the blogosphere. The View co-host Joy Behar “had a field day” calling Stodden a “slut.” Singer Courtney Love wasn’t any different and told Stodden they were a “whore.” The media unfairly sensationalized Courtney Stodden’s controversial marriage to now-apparent pedophile Doug Hutchison in 2011, though whether both were equally shamed is now clear.
While Hutchison mostly got away with it scot-free, Stodden didn’t. The 16-year-old became the ill-fated subject of public ridicule and over the course of many tabloid articles, was widely belittled and marginalized for their looks, erratic behavior, and (believe it or not) the size of their breasts. Dr. Drew even felt them on live television, to determine if they were “real.” Funny or Die turned Stodden into a sexual punchline in one of their skits. Anderson Cooper likened them to a stripper on CNN.
The media and the regular viewer spared no expense in completely unraveling a teenager’s life, and in the words of MEL Magazine’s Magdalene Taylor, turning “a child-abuse victim into a sleazy spectacle” for adults to constantly make fun of. But karma is, as they say, a b*tch. There’s no doubt Chrissy Teigen was once beloved on social media, dominating feel good threads the world over. Everyone loved the Legends, and adored the missus for her outspoken views on politics, motherhood, and feminism. But every empire eventually falls when exposed to the harsh rays of truth. Chrissy Teigen returned to Twitter recently, but has yet to respond to social media chatter since the Daily Beast article on Courtney Stodden trended a few days ago. But it’s safe to say — in an ironic twist of fate — Chrissy Teigen is now unofficially cancelled.