Chrissy Teigen is way too smart to be taken for a ride, guys. But as with any of us - mess with family, and the knives will come out.
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.
Then, bananapants ol' @LizCronkin addressed Teigen directly and with poor syntax:
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.
The attacks kept coming, and do not deserve further publicity here. Suffice to say, eventually Teigen demanded the apology she deserved:
It wasn't forthcoming, so both Chrissy and her husband John Legend basically threatened legal action.
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.
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.
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