Why Chrissy Teigen’s ‘tone deaf’ tweet sparked backlash during coronavirus outbreak

As the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, some famous people are stepping away from work and embracing social distancing like The View‘s Joy Behar, while others like Kim Kardashian are taking extreme precautions to protect themselves and those around them from the illness. Unfortunately, other stars are sharing shady advice and still more are stirring up scandals like Melania Trump whose tweet sparked outrage and Chrissy Teigen who also found herself facing backlash on social media for an arguably ill-advised tweet.

The former model and television host hopped onto Twitter on March 15, 2020 to share a (now-deleted) message urging her followers to use a certain company to have food delivered directly to their home from restaurants around the country. “This is not an ad but if you’re holed up at home, ordering America’s best food from Goldbelly is the way to go right now!” she wrote, according to Us Weekly.“Currently shipping clam chowder from Boston to myself.”

While that may sound yummy to some, others felt like it was ignoring the fact that many local governments are forcing restaurants to close and “a whole lot of people are scared about having enough resources in a panic while [Teigen] FedEx[es] soup across the county,” paleontologist Trevor Valle pointed out.

After initially defending her message and getting a little frustrated over the situation — at one point tweeting, “Would you like my f***ing arm?” — Teigen then admitted that she may have been off the mark.

Chrissy Teigen says she's not trying to shame anyone

Despite the fact that Chrissy Teigen originally saw nothing wrong with her soup-related tweet, the star eventually admitted that she may have made a mistake when it came to suggesting cross-country food delivery during an international health crisis. “I didn’t mean it to sound like I don’t care about the pandemic?” Teigen tweeted. She continued by explaining that she had shared the message “quite innocently,” however, was willing to admit after the fact that it was “perhaps tone deaf.”

The head of Chrissy’s Court — a Judge Judy-ish show which premieres on Quibi in April 2020 which will see her use her, er, common sense (or feisty reactions?) to decide cases — continued, “I like soup and if you can support these businesses, then that seemed cool but yeah if you can’t, then that is also fine, I am not shaming you.” 

Whether or not you think that Teigen’s original tweet was indeed tone-deaf, we can surely agree that it’s best to not shame each other and instead look out for each other until this health crisis has passed.

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