Chrissy Teigen Quits Twitter in Wake of Controversial Gun Control Tweet
The model and actress said she feels "sick" after receiving death threats online
Chrissy Teigen is taking a Twitter time-out.
The model and prolific Tweeter has apparently quit the social media site after receiving death threats following a controversial Tweet regarding Wednesday’s high-profile shooting in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
“I feel sick. Bye Twitter. Taking my talents to instagram,” Teigen, 28, Tweeted Thursday, a day after sending out a Tweet that set off a social media firestorm.
“active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in america, wednesday,” Teigen wrote in Wednesday’s message, which was re-Tweeted more than 1,000 times.
Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, was making a gun control comment in reference to the news that a gunman had fatally shot a corporal at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, then entered the Parliament building and fired more shots before he was killed by a security official.
Teigen initially documented the fallout of her Tweet, sounding off on the death threats and criticism she received.
“Sorry you don’t understand that is a knock at america and our issues with gun control. No one is minimizing the Ottawa shooting,” she wrote.
But as the critical Tweets continued, she added, “It’s been awhile since I inadvertently pissed a ton of people off. Forgot how much it sucks.”
She was also criticized on TV by Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros, who said, “This is the problem when models start to talk; it plays into that dumb model stereotype.”
Teigen continued responding to the controversy Thursday morning – until she finally decided to call it quits.
“I can’t see anything through the sea of hate and anger that is now my Twitter. Seriously I can’t sift through it all,” she wrote Thursday morning, before her final Tweet.