Established social media celebrity Chrissy Teigen has quit Twitter.
Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen made headlines earlier this week when she shared a controversial opinion via Twitter. Since the backlash from the media and Twitterverse, Teigen has quit Twitter.
Wednesday’s Ottawa shooting on Parliament Hill that left one soldier and the gunman dead, had stars tweeting and offering support to victims including the 28-year-old model. Teigen is known on social media for her sarcastic tone and opinionated declarations, though her remarks on Twitter regarding the Ottawa shooting left some people questioning her intentions.
As soon as news developed from Parliament Hill, John Legend’s wife tweeted the following:
active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in america, wednesday— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 22, 2014
Her followers immediately ridiculed Teigen. She responded, "That’s not a joke. It is a fact. Sorry you don’t understand that is a knock at America and our issues with gun control No one is minimizing the Ottawa shooting."
Teigen continued defending herself in more than a dozen tweets responding to those who took issue with her controversial statements. On the other hand, the young model has an enormous fan base of followers who appreciate her humor and sarcastic spin on serious issues.
One celebrity who appreciated Teigen’s comments was The View co-host, Rosie O’Donnell. Thursday morning during the "Hot Topics" segment of the talk show, O’Donnell replied to Teigen saying, "I thought it was brilliant and on-point, but some people thought it was insensitive."
O’Donnell continued, "I think she’s saying, ‘I’m an American. I live here. I see two people shot this week in Canada and the entire country of Canada is in mourning. However, in America, this happens on a daily basis and we don’t even pay attention anymore."
O’Donnell expanded on her views in a follow-up video the next day. "Bravo, Chrissy," she began, "Bravo, Chrissy Teigen…Chrissy, I know exactly what you were saying, and I’m 100 percent behind you."
The comment from Wednesday was felt sharply on Friday in the U.S. when a high school shooting occurred at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, north of Seattle, Washington. The shooter was freshman Jaylen Fryberg and he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after injuring four others and killing one.
As people continued to share their mixed reviews on Teigen’s comments, the immense amount of backlash served to be too much for the model. She signed off Twitter on Thursday saying, "I feel sick. Bye Twitter. Taking my talents to Instagram."
Teigen has not Instagrammed since the announcement.
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