Chrissy Teigen shares sweet message about seeing 'Crazy Rich Asians' with her daughter
For two weeks in a row, Crazy Rich Asians has dominated the box office. It's a stunning victory for a summer movie that doesn't have any superheroes, dinosaurs or crazy-ass stunts by Tom Cruise. (At least, as far as I know.) Also, it's a huge victory for diversity. The rom-com is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian cast since 1993's The Joy Luck Club. Asian-American audiences have flocked to see it in droves, and felt empowered to see greater representation on the big screen.
Last weekend, Lip Sync Battle host and projectile vomiting mother Chrissy Teigen saw the film with her family: husband John Legend, and their two-year-old daughter, Luna. (Guess they found a sitter for three-month old Miles.) On Instagram, Chrissy shared photos from their trip to the theater, including an adorable video of Luna dancing to the credits. In the caption, she wrote a sweet message about how much the movie meant to her; when Luna saw someone on screen that looked like her, it was a powerful mother-daughter moment.
"I’ve been excited to see this since production was announced but I could have never imagined how wonderful it would be. I planned on seeing it, making a few jokes about how it checked all the boxes for me (CRAZY ☑️ RICH ☑️ ASIAN ☑️) but the feeling I got during the credits, watching John dance with my little black asian mashup baby bear luna tunes, was a feeling I haven’t had at the end of any other movies.
"Luna...looked up at @constancewu’s mother and yelled “yāy!” (“Grandma” in thai) because she saw someone who looked like her yāy. Someone beautiful and aspirational. It was something that simple that made my heart just...warm. That made me happy. It made me happy to see this over the top story done from so many angles, some I could totally understand because of my own confusing Asian American upbringing.
"I loved it all... You never know how much you miss being represented on screen until you actually see what it’s like to be represented. And represented by all different types of characters with all different types of personalities, just like any other great movie. Also aside from all that, it’s just colorful, fun and big as f*ck. God I love a rom com. God I loved it all. Thank you guys for making this movie."
Most people applauded Chrissy's message, but one fan posted a critical comment, asking why Chrissy doesn't celebrate her whiteness. (Chrissy's father is of Norwegian descent, while her mother is Thai.) "I have to ask why do you never acknowledge that you are white?" asked the fan, who is also of mixed race. "It bothers me when people are mixed with white that they just eradicate that from their identity."
Of course, there are a million movies featuring all-white casts, so Chrissy replied with typical sarcastic humor. "please folks. tweet when you see a movie with a majority-white cast !!! it’s important to help get more white movies made!!!!!" In the replies, her fans followed that up with own jokes, demanding a all-white Madea movie and an all-white people cookbook.
But the response came from Twitter user @dailywordsbyjen, who joked, "no one needs ‘crazy rich caucasians’ in theaters when we’re watching it live from the white house every single day." Yes, we are, and the reviews are terrible.