Chrissy Teigen and John Legend never chose baby names until they gave birth, the model and entrepreneur wrote in a raw post Wednesday night. This time it had been different. This time they had grabbed the fetus Jack. And this time, they will never have a son to bring home from the hospital. Teigen had aborted.
The model and the entrepreneur’s doctor put her to bed earlier in the fall, and she was later admitted to the hospital with excessive bleeding. Like her postal notes, blood transfusions were not enough to save Jack. Teigen wrote to his late son, “I am so sorry that the first moments of your life were met with so many complications that we could not give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you. ”
Fans and celebrities have responded with empathy and even gratitude and thanked Teigen and Legend for being so open about a mourning process that still carries a lot of stigma. But others have responded … differently.
For some, it has apparently proved impossible to find sympathy for a grieving family. QAnon believers and “pro-life”
Scroll past the supportive comments from various fans and followers on Instagram, and you’ll also find posts like “It’s karma to eat kids.” Another: “God’s vengeance ….” Another: “Ritual ritual ritual sacrifice! To get her fans back !!! ”Another:“ Who takes a picture of this? How much attention do you need? Really?”
And then there is … whatever this is: “Probabaly karma from all the children you sacrificed. Mothers babies who did not get a chance at life. If last moments were filled with terror and cries for protection. You know the truth. Harvest what you sew lady. You will respond to God … rest in peace for the lives of the children who were lost. Your Twitter posts are all over the Internet that no longer hide the truth. ”
For years, QAnon supporters have harassed Teigen, claiming she is somehow attached to Jeffrey Epstein; earlier this year, a blatantly fake flight log, allegedly from Epstein’s private jet, “Lolita Express”, included her name.
Teigen described the vitriol she received in early September. “I could not leave sweet comments on my friend’s pages, knowing that they would be flooded with pizzagat insane,” she wrote on Instagram. “My own tab pages wrote to me asking if I would still talk about, even though the comments would be super hurtful.”
Now, Teigen’s abortion has united two of the online right’s most toxic factions: QAnon chuds and anti-abortion figures who call themselves “pro-life,” but apparently see a family’s loss as a rhetorical possibility.
For example: Imagine reading Teigen’s post and then writing this, as documentary and Republican congressional candidate Errol Webber did: “In the hope that Chrissy Tiegan and John Legend will reconsider their thoughts on abortion after their heartbreaking experience. It’s not a lump of cells. It’s either a baby or not. ”
The obvious difference is that Teigen and Legend wanted to give birth, hold and raise the child that their “lump of cells” would grow into. It is the person, the son they are now grieving over – a distinction that any who do not try to gently score political points, could easily do.
Still, others have come forward with the same “helpful” point – like unsigned linebacker Bryan Kehl and an Instagram commentator who simply wrote: “Think of it as an abortion … you always scream about how you love abortions. “
In addition to those who see an abortion as an opportunity to resume abortion – at a time when Roe v. Wade is under serious threat – others have also gathered to criticize her for writing about abortion at all. Some have gone so far as to accuse Teigen of “hunting”.
Teigen’s status as a celebrity and one of the world’s most famous influencers makes her the perfect target for online trolls. She is as recognized as most stars, but her open personality on social media has given the public more access to her than most A-lists. She also loves to mock the president.
So far, it seems Teigen has received more support than she has ridiculed. But whatever the negative comments sent in its way should not be ignored. It is inconceivably disgusting to invest so deeply in an unfounded conspiracy theory that laughing at a person’s abortion seems appropriate. It is disgusting to reduce a family’s loss to a political point of conversation. And it is disgusting to accuse a woman of “chasing” and demanding that she mourn “privately” just to talk about her grief.
One could argue that only saying as much as the old saying goes, “feeds the trolls.” But when they target a grieving couple this way, they have said more about themselves than anyone else could ever do anyway.