Fans and celebrities responded with empathy and even gratitude, thanking Teigen and Legend for being so open about a grieving process that still carries a lot of stigma. But others responded … differently.
For some, finding sympathy for a grieving family has clearly proven to be an impossible task. QAnon believers and “pro-life” figures have laughed at the couple’s grief and mocked the couple’s grief, and in some cases, used their miscarriage as a means to defame the abortion. The comments themselves are the intellectual equivalent of maggots feasting on rancid Trump steaks, and the vitriolic Teigen received perfectly crystallizes the toxic and downright silly take on our talk online.
Scroll through the supportive comments from various fans and supporters on Instagram and you’ll also find entries such as “It’s karma to eat kids.” Another: “The vengeance of the gods …” Another: “The ritual ritual ritual sacrifice! To get his fans back !!! Another: “Who takes a picture of this? How much attention do you need? Really? ”
And then there’s … whatever, “Probably the karma of all those children you sacrificed.” Mothers babies who haven’t had a chance to live. Whose last moments were filled with terror and cries of protection. You know the truth. Harvest what you sew lady. You will respond to God… rest in peace for the lives of those children who have been lost… your Twitter messages are all over the Internet, there is no more hiding the truth.
For years now, QAnon supporters have harassed Teigen, claiming she was somehow related to Jeffrey Epstein; earlier this year, an obviously bogus logbook allegedly from Epstein’s private jet, the “Lolita Express,” included her name.
Teigen described the vitriol she received in early September. “I couldn’t leave cute comments on my friend’s pages knowing they would be inundated with pizza craziness,” she wrote on Instagram. “My own fan pages wrote to me, asking if I still wanted us to talk even though the comments would be very hurtful.”
Now Teigen’s miscarriage has united two of the most toxic factions on the right online: QAnon chuds and anti-abortion figures who call themselves ‘pro-life’ but seemingly see the loss of a family as an opportunity. rhetoric.
For example: imagine reading Teigen’s article and then writing it, as documentary filmmaker and Republican congressional candidate Errol Webber made: “Hoping that Chrissy Tiegan and John Legend will reassess their thoughts on abortion after their heartbreaking experience. It is not a group of cells. It’s either a baby or it isn’t.
The obvious difference is that Teigen and Legend wanted to deliver, keep, and raise the baby in which their “clump of cells” would grow. It’s that person, that son, they’re mourning now – a distinction anyone who isn’t trying to score political points can easily make.
Still, others have come up with the same ‘useful’ point – like unsigned linebacker Bryan Kehl and an Instagram commentator who simply wrote, “Think of it as an abortion… you always scream how much you love them. abortions. ”
In addition to those who see a miscarriage as an opportunity to question abortion – at a time when Roe vs. Wade is at serious risk – others have also stacked up to criticize her for posting articles on miscarriage. Some have gone so far as to accuse Teigen of “driving out influence.”
Teigen’s status as a celebrity and one of the world’s best-known influencers makes him the perfect target for online trolls. She’s as recognized as most stars, but her open social media personality has given audiences more access to her than most A-listers. She also loves to make fun of the president.
So far, it looks like Teigen has received more support than ridicule. But anyway, the negative feedback sent to her shouldn’t be ignored. It’s unimaginably vile to get so deeply involved in a baseless conspiracy theory that laughing at someone’s miscarriage seems appropriate. It is vile to reduce the loss of a family to a matter of political debate. And it is vile to accuse a woman of “driving away influence” and demanding that she cry “in private” just for speaking out about her grief.
One could argue that saying so much will only, as the old saying goes, “feed the trolls”. But by targeting a grieving couple in this way, they said more about themselves than anyone could anyway.