After a hiatus that was practically shorter than the time it takes to fix up a Dump and Done Salad, Chrissy Teigen is back on Twitter. And her first order of business was to officially call a truce in the Lady Cookbook Authors War of 2020 with her 48-hour Twitter enemy Alison Roman. Lay down your sharpened spatulas, pre-heated cast iron dutch ovens, and scalding-hot handfuls of pappardelle – for the battle is over!
Mieka thoroughly covered Chrissy’s latest non-Trump related Twitter drama yesterday. But the quick recap is that this all started on Friday after Alison Roman, whose brand is basically Goop for people who live in apartments without mice or water damage, dragged Chrissy and Marie Kondo in an interview calling them sellouts for using their name to push products. Alison caught heat for targeting two women, both of Asian descent, and for being hypocritical since she put her name on a capsule collection with a cookware brand. Marie stayed out of it, but Chrissy called Alison a “bully,” Alison tweeted some non-apologies, and then Chrissy took her Twitter private.
And yesterday, Alison released a long apology to her social media accounts, in which she formally said sorry to Chrissy and Marie for singling them out in the way that she did. Alison said her words were careless and insensitive, and that she’s going to use this experience to learn and grow into a better person.
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Hi— ICYMI, over the weekend there was a bit of a twitter conversation where I was rightly called out for disparaging remarks I made regarding Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo. Even if you didn’t hear about it (!), I feel like this was too important not to share here. I know this is a lengthy note (succinctness has never been my strong suit). I appreciate you taking the time to read.
Whoever wrote that, be it Alison herself, or a publicist covered in flop sweat at the thought of their client picking a fight with professional Twitter dragger Chrissy Teigen, covered all their bases. Chrissy took her Twitter off private and accepted Alison’s apology. You can read Chrissy’s entire string of tweets here, but I’ve condensed her response to Alison below:
“Thank u for this, @alisoneroman. To be clear, it never once crossed my mind for u to apologize for what you genuinely thought! The comments stung, but they moreso stung because they came from u! It wasn’t my usual news break of some random person hating everything about me! I don’t agree with the pile-on, ppl waiting with bated breath for apologies, deciding if that apology is good, the ppl who say u were right & never needed to in the first place – there are so many different types in this kind of situation & tbh, I just want it to be over. I think we are alike in so many ways. I remember the exact time I realized I wasn’t allowed to say whatever popped in my head – that I couldn’t just say things in the way that so many of my friends were saying. Before, I never really knew where I stood in the industry, in the world. Eventually, I realized that once the relatable ‘snarky girl who didn’t care’ became a pretty successful cookbook author and had more power in the industry, I couldn’t just say whatever the fuck I wanted.
The more we grow, the more we get those wakeup calls. I often comment about how I wish I could get away with what I used to, now, but the truth is, I don’t. I’ve learned a fuckton from my years being watched (& read) and I can really say it makes you a better person! It makes u think about the impact of what u say/who it might hurt. I still think you are incredibly talented. And in an industry that doesn’t really lend itself to supporting more than a handful of people at a time, I feel like all we have are each other! And honestly, for the past few days, every time I saw a shallot I wanted to cry, but I do appreciate this and hopefully we can all be better and learn from the dumb shit we have all said and done. And if anyone is wondering why someone with 12 million followers would go private, it’s because there are still a LOT of people who don’t follow me who hate me, and I didn’t want to see it. That’s all.”
She also gave a shout-out to Marie Kondo for showing a massive amount of personal restraint by staying out of this.
and if anyone needs a lesson on how less is more, please look at the amazing Marie Kondo, who so very wisely didn't say shit through any of this.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 12, 2020
Tucked neatly into Chrissy’s response was the acknowledgment that Chrissy built a career on having zero social media filter, and that there was a time when she said “whatever the fuck” she wanted, and that we can “learn from the dumb shit we have all said and done.” That is probably a subtle nod to Courtney Stodden saying that Chrissy bullied and harassed her back in the day by constantly tweeting about her and telling her to take a dirt nap.
This was obviously a harrowing experience for Chrissy. Can you imagine? Being Chrissy Teigen? And setting your Twitter account to private for THE WHOLE WEEKEND??? I don’t know if Chrissy is strong enough to endure that again.