Chrissy Teigen apologises for 'tone deaf' joke about mom
Chrissy Teigen may be hailed as the Queen of Twitter by some, but even Royalty isn't exempt from making a blunder or two.
She took to the social media website to share a joke about her mother, who has a tendency to lose Apple Air Pods at an alarming rate, tweeting on Wednesday: "My mom treats her air pods like they're disposable. Buys a few a month. She says they would be easier to not lose if they had....a cord."
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However, while the Lip Sync Battle host may have intended this to be nothing more than an amusing joke about her mom's carelessness, it was interpreted by many to be flaunting her family's wealth, as Apple Air Pods cost $150 a pair.
"Oh man, I haven’t checked my mentions for a bit and I didn’t realize how many people were super pissed off about this," Teigen replied to the tweet. "It was meant as a joke (and exaggeration) about how my mom doesn’t realize air pods are with a cord are headphones but it came across as super tone deaf and icky."
She added, "I promise I will not always say the right thing in the right way but I also promise I hate disappointing or pissing you guys off. I’m sorry and I will do better to not be such an a**hole."
But many of Teigen's fans weren't satisfied by this apology and went on to explain in greater detail why the joke was so offensive.
"I love you Chrissy but seriously, stop pretending this is about tone and start campaigning for wealth redistribution," one person wrote.
"You keep saying this as if my husband and I don’t do anything for society and it's really disheartening," Teigen replied. "It was a comment, a joke, a dumb one at that, that I’m sorry for. I hope we have done and continue to do things that contribute more than a dumb tweet. Again, I apologize."
She replied to another commenter, writing, "I don't ever forget people are struggling. All I can do is tangible things to help make a difference outside the twitter world. It definitely showed that I'm a bit removed and I will do better as best I can."
This is a difficult time for Teigen's mom, Vilailuck, who is currently undergoing divorce proceedings from her father, Ron Teigen Sr., with Teigen allegedly also making a joke about this, Vanity Fair reported.
"@chrissyteigen and her lovely mom talked about the coming split during our @VanityFair time. 'Two Christmases!' Chrissy said she told her parents, trying to make a joke," journalist Karen Valby tweeted. "A marriage that was long more of a friendship is coming to an end. Life goes on."