Saturday evening, a proponent of the easily debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory posted on Twitter accusing Teigen of being a member of an imaginary pedophilia ring run out of the basement of a DC-area pizza shop. And before my dear reader chuckles and rolls their eyes, this particular theory excited people so much that a man actually went to the pizza shop with an assault rifle, threatened everybody within, and was sentenced to four years in prison over the attack. This is dangerous stuff, which Teigen sniffed out pretty quickly.
To begin - Chrissy posted a photo of her daughter Luna in an adorable hot dog costume at one point, and just for fun included a pizza emoji. Harmless fun to folks like you or me, but to Pizzagaters, it's a hidden symbol. Twitter conspiracist @LizCronkin reposted the photo along with a few others, then invited her followers to 'follow the white rabbit', including white supremacist hashtags like #theStorm just to drive the point home.
Teigen, being basically threatened by a crazy person, did what any rational person would do - escalated the situation to the Twitter brass, because somehow this nut had 50,000 followers and was verified.
Twitter had deverified the accuser mid-rant (which she was sure to angrily point out to her followers as further evidence of conspiracy), and for context John posted an exceptional thread explaining the truly dangerous insanity of the Pizzagate conspiracy.
So.— Alexandra Erin is going to see a star about a war (@alexandraerin) December 31, 2017
If you thought the silly nonsense of "pizzagate" reached its nadir when someone invaded a pizza restaurant with an assault rifle demanding to see its (nonexistent) basement and after that it must have died down... it didn't.
Instead, it got weirder.
The people invested in "pizzagate" are playing an alternate reality game in which they have invested everything. I mean,not anything so cheap or tawdry or tenuous as money. I mean everything. Themselves. Their hearts. Their souls.— Alexandra Erin is going to see a star about a war (@alexandraerin) December 31, 2017
And when they encounter a breaking point, something that would absolutely, positively, and concretely prove to them that reality is 100% different from what their beliefs say it should be, they just tack a modifier onto their beliefs to account for it, taking them deeper.— Alexandra Erin is going to see a star about a war (@alexandraerin) December 31, 2017
The whole of that thread is superb and very much worth your time, but basically stated - these are the same kinds of people who would expect the world to end on a particular date, have that date slide by, and then 'make corrections to their math' so they could go on believing that the world would end and they, the long-suffering prophets, had devoted their life to an unseen truth. Except this involves direct accusation, harassment, and threatening completely innocent people.
In the end, Chrissy took her profile to private (though with millions of followers, it's not exactly hidden) and chalked it up to, "2017 sure did suck".
And for a final note of context, this is an exchange that has since been deleted from the thread, but which is the hardest this author has ever seen anyone get publicly owned.
That's the kind of people we're dealing with.