Chrissy Teigen highlighted the disturbing inclusion of her daughter Luna in a series of conspiracy theorists' tweets, touching on a question that many moms have. What should you do if you see something upsetting about your child on social media?
It is most certainly a problem that faces the famous, noteworthy, and those who are highly interactive on social media more than the average person. Teigen is known for sharing her jokes, recipes, and political opinions on various platforms, along with photo and video snapshots of her family life — including her husband, her mother, and her various employees as much as (if not more than) her daughter. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to share your life, to whatever degree feels comfortable for you, with the world! But, as Teigen shared on Twitter, it can sometimes catch the imagination of people whose attention you simply don't want.
"I debated saying something about this but I’m pretty disturbed over here," Teigen wrote in a tweet that included screen grabs from a self-identified investigative journalist who, in her Twitter bio, says that she believes Pizzagate was real. "[A]pparently dressing my daughter as Alice in Wonderland and a hot dog and having a pizza emoji on Snapchat has to do with pizzagate and being uhhhh darksided," Teigen wrote in a subsequent tweet.
...apparently dressing my daughter as Alice in Wonderland and a hot dog and having a pizza emoji on Snapchat has to do with pizzagate and being uhhhh darksided. Holy shit That thread is wild. Enjoy.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 30, 2017
Yeah yeah it’s “just Twitter” but I’m pretty sure this *sick* person is saying we are darksided pizzagate pedophiles who traffic our daughter. Ummmmm this is really scary shit.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 30, 2017
In response to Teigen's tweets, the conspiracy theorist posted photos of Teigen and husband John Legend, largely taken from red carpet events, with people she deemed to be child molesters and sex traffickers: the Clintons, Harvey Weinstein, and Kevin Spacey.
Teigen pointed out that the conspiracy theorist had a verified account to Twitter, along with its nearly 50K followers. The various tweets the account made about Teigen have tens of thousands of engagements.
Thank you, Twitter, for verifying somebody who is esentially accusing me (with pictures of my daughter) of child abuse and pedophilia to their 50,000 followers.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 30, 2017
Teigen demanded an apology from the account and apparently reported the interactions because the account is no longer verified at press time. Teigen and Legend both threatened the conspiracy theorist with legal action if they continued to insist the pair were involved in any illegal activity.
"1000 people will tell you not to give them attention, to ignore it, who cares they’re crazy, etc. Don’t ignore it," Teigen wrote.
Chelsea Clinton noted the interactions and weighed in. She revealed that she receives many threats online, which is one of the realities of having parents who are public figures, and that she no longer reports them. She does, however, report every threat made against her daughter.
Chrissy, sending you & beautiful Luna a huge hug. It is awful & never ok when people threaten or demean any child. I’ve lost count of the Twitter accounts who’ve threatened Charlotte with #FGM. While I never bother to report threats against me, I now report every one against her.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) December 31, 2017
Teigen responded, telling Clinton she "felt silly" worrying about this singular thread when imagining the magnitude of threats Clinton and her family must face on a regular basis.
I feel silly even worrying about this in comparison to the magnitude of slander and threats you and your family have dealt with for decades. These people are truly sick and scary. Love to you, Charlotte and Marc!!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 31, 2017
Clinton and Teigen get it right with their advice and actions here: always document and report any threats made against yourself and your family members — especially those most vulnerable in the family who are unable to speak up for themselves. But don't let it stop you from living your life the way you want to.
It is INCREDIBLY weird to be two (semi) normal, ridiculously boring human beings who literally make food, watch tv and clean up dog barf in any kind of off time and then be suddenly accused of being in Hollywood’s hottest pedo ring. What a year what a year, 2017.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 31, 2017
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