Chrissy Teigen recently decided to get a tattoo in honor of her husband John Legend, and her two children Luna and Miles. If Aaron Carter has taught us anything, it’s that tattoos are very personal and not everyone is going to like what you chose. Well, people didn’t so much have a problem with what Chrissy picked, but where she had it permanently placed on her body. Chrissy decided to get a series of numbers on her forearm, and it didn’t take long for her followers to point out that it maybe looked a little disrespectful to Holocaust survivors.
Yesterday Chrissy posted a series of pictures showing off her new “cool mom” tattoo. The numbers go down her left forearm, and read: 8 5 39 . 12 12 61 . 12 28 78 . 4 14 16 . 5 16 18. According to The Daily Mail, the numbers correspond to the birthdays of her father, Ron Teigen Sr., her mother Vilailuck Teigen, John, Luna, and Miles.
The New York Post says that several people were quick to tell Chrissy that her new ink reminded them of the tattoos given to Jewish people at concentration camps. One person reportedly wrote: “Yikes really strong Holocaust vibes,” while another tried to educate her by saying, “Chrissy, I love you, I just wish people were more aware of the connection to the Holocaust when they elect to get forearm tattoos of numbers.” Another person jumped onto that bandwagon by suggesting it’s too soon to be doing numerical forearm tattoos.
“Is anyone else a little bothered by the fact that she got a series of numbers on her forearm? Is the Holocaust really that far removed from our reality? Anyone??”
One user suggested that her tattoo might make Jewish people feel uncomfortable, while another reportedly suggested she should have thought her choice through a little more. Some people on Twitter also weren’t feeling it:
Looks eerily similar to holocaust ID tatoos. Maybe that's just me, but i would think someone so woke would be sensitive to not appropriate such a sensitive tattoo.
— Seth Harjes (@Sharjes05) October 4, 2019
I love her but I don’t love this. It looks like a holocaust tattoo. 🙁
— LAR (@3311sleepless) October 4, 2019
There is also a chance Chrissy wasn’t thinking of the Holocaust at all when she got her newest tattoo. Five months ago, she got John, Luna, and Miles’ name on her right arm in what looks like a heartbeat pattern. So to her, she was probably just focused on getting all those birthdays right.
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hey guys please don’t talk to us unless u have tattoos we are a cool tattoo family now and we only want to talk to other tattoo families (srry if this seems harsh) Thank you thank you @winterstone. You are not only incredibly talented but you are very kind and delightful and welcome over any time!!
The Post reached out to Chrissy for a comment, but her reps didn’t return their call. Usually Chrissy has a spicy response to anyone that dare hisses in her direction on social media. Like when she hissed back at people who didn’t think she should be painting her kids nails, or most recently, when she slapped back at Trump. But I don’t see that happening this time. Because there’s not really a tactful way to counter someone who says, “Yikes major Holocaust vibes” without getting into more trouble. But you know Chrissy is just itching to clap back. This might be the first time in history Chrissy hasn’t immediately dragged her online haters. Luckily that tattoo on her arm can provide some distraction while she fights the urge to respond. She can add up the numbers. She can try on various shirts to see which ones have long enough sleeves to cover it. Or she can sit there and wonder if it’s possible to pull an Angelina Jolie and have all those birthdays moved to her back.