In 2018, New Republic Deputy Editor Katie McDonough wrote a piece for Jezebel that I consult spiritually to this day. (Full disclosure: I was a Jezebel contributor at the time.)
“Why tweet when you can text?” he asked, and … well, that’s basically it. Sometimes you can just text what you want to tweet.
My understanding is that celebrities have never considered this idea – at least, not if the latest developments in Chrissy Teigen’s never-ending bullying news cycle are something to go through.
To summarize quickly: in early May, the Daily Beast published an interview with Courtney Stodden, a model and tabloid mainstay from the 2010s who accused Teigen of stalking them online. The alleged harassment ranged from public tweets telling Stodden to take a “shitty nap” to direct messages saying “I can’t wait for you to die.”
In response, people dug up old Teigen tweets, including a post since deleted 2011 joking “Lindsay [Lohan] he adds a few more indentations on the wrists when he sees Emma Stone, ”on the actor’s self-harm story, and other which had already been broadcast in public, in which he ridiculed Oscar-nominated actor Quvenzhané Wallis, who was only nine years old at the time, for being “conceited” and obnoxious. Then came a Large-scale recognition with the public image of Teigen as the close and relatable celebrity.
“There is simply no excuse for my horrible past tweets,” Teigen wrote in a lengthy apology posted on Medium at Monday. “My goals didn’t deserve them. No one does.”
Hindsight is 20/20 and all that, but posting all of this through his super public Twitter account, which currently has over 13 million followers, was probably a bad idea
The same could be said of what happened later she posted that post on Medium.
Within hours of Teigen posting his apology on Monday, Michael Costello, a fashion designer and Project Runway contestant, made a post on Instagram accusing Teigen. to intimidate him and put him on a professional blacklist, according to Buzzfeed. According to Costello, Teigen saw a “Photoshopped comment” on his behalf made by “a disgruntled former employee” in which he appears to have written an anti-black slur. “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die,” she allegedly texted him when he argued that the comment was false. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch. “He claims the alleged exchange in 2014 left him” traumatized and depressed “with suicidal thoughts. thoughts that continue to this day.
Then came out of left field Leona Lewis, who in some Instagram Story posts Tuesday accused Costello of being a hypocrite and a bully himself, according to People, accusing the designer of treating her so carelessly and inconsiderately in a 2014 test that she developed bodily insecurities that she still grapples with.
Costello has responded with his own Instagram stories, and I just … what’s going on here? What does this have to do with Chrissy Teigen? I don’t want to diminish or invalidate anyone’s feelings, but I can think of a pretty old-fashioned way they might want to figure this out: Lewis and Costello both say they still love each other. If that’s really true, maybe I’ll pause the next call post and try texting instead.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism