Here's why Chrissy Teigen made her social media private
Chrissy Teigen - veritable queen of the internet, and party to one of the most adorable and successful families in the entertainment industry, is known for her wry and witty commentary on social media. Certainly, the model and host of Lip Sync Battle's thoughts on everything from politics to pop-culture has earned her a legion of fans. And she doesn't hold back at poking fun at herself either. Case in point: when the 32-year-old was affronted with a troll on her favourite social media platform, Twitter, she wittily replied "well say goodbye cause u blocked now, dumb b".
However, Teigen astounded the internet when she set her Twitter and Instagram accounts to private. But it appears she did it for good reason, after becoming embroiled in a heated argument with the self-proclaimed "investigative journalist" and far-right activist, Liz Crokin, who accused the Teigen-Legend family of being involved in the now-debunked "Pizzagate" controversy.
On Sunday, Chrissy Teigen and her husband, musician John Legend, were involved in a heated Twitter argument with a conspiracy theorist who claimed that Teigen's use of a pizza emoji was evidence of her complicity in "Pizzagate" - a widely-discredited Paedophile ring conspiracy.
Liz Crokin drew attention to Chrissy Teigen's use of a pizza emoji on a picture of her daughter, Luna, in a hot-dog costume. In a now-deleted tweet, Crokin implied that the use of that particular emoji signified that the model was linked to the supposed ring.
"Alright. I debated saying something about this but I’m pretty disturbed over here. The fact that there are people with these...thoughts...is really scary," Chrissy retaliated.
The cookbook author followed this tweet up on the 31st December, saying that she felt disturbed by Crokin's tweets and the allegations made by her followers. "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 ***. That thread is wild. Enjoy," she wrote.
"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," she continued.
Chrissy then called out Twitter for verifying Crokin's account - which seems to be entirely devoted to accusing random celebrities of sexually abusing children. "Thank you, Twitter, for verifying somebody who is essentially accusing me (with pictures of my daughter) of child abuse and pedophilia to their 50,000 followers," she asserted.
However, she appeared to still be confused about the whole "Pizzagate" scandal, and appealed to the people of the internet, stating:
"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.
But if I dressed Luna up as Alice, wouldn’t I be on their side and “following the white rabbit”?? Why would I post it? What does a hot dog symbolize? Why would I willingly choose a pizza if I were in a secret pizza cult? Why am I trying to even make sense of this still please help."
Chrissy's husband, John Legend then stepped in and threatened legal action in several follow-up tweets. "You need to take my family’s name out of your mouth before you get sued," the La La Land star said.
Crokin later posted that Twitter had since removed her verified badge, saying "Twitter just unverified my account thanks to @chrissyteigen. That's OK cuz I care more about saving kids than I do about a blue checkmark!"
Chrissy Teigen subsequently set her Twitter and Instagram account to private - however, she's now made both public again.
What a crazy few days, eh?