Embattled social media star Chrissy Teigen pushed herself back into the cultural conversation Wednesday by posting a lengthy Instagram post in which she reveals she’s in a bad place because she’s been a target of “cancel culture” and has lost her primary way of communicating with the millions of strangers who follow her on Twitter.
But Teigen almost made it sound like she’s an addict going through a form of withdrawal. The supermodel, cookbook author and lifestyle influencer said she feels “depressed” and unable to get off her couch in the wake of her cyberbullying scandal. Teigen said she feels “lost,” suggesting it has to do with the fact that she’s stopped sharing her thoughts about life, culture, parenting and politics with the 13 million people who follow her on Twitter.
“I feel lost and need to find my place again,” Teigen wrote, beside a photo of a first-person view of her jeans-clad legs on her couch. “I desperately wanna communicate with you guys instead of pretending everything is okay. I’m not used to any other way!”
“All I know is I love you guys,” Teigen said addressing her fans, many of whom are probably only social media handles to her. “I miss you guys, and I just needed an honest moment with you because I’m just … tired of being sick with myself all day.”
Teigen finally acknowledged that her post is probably the wrong way to go about returning to her former glory as the unofficial queen of Twitter. She said she knows she will “get brutally picked apart,” but she said she has no choice. “I can’t do this silent (expletive) anymore!”
Yes, there’s a lot to unpack with Teigen’s post. It’s hard not to sympathize with someone who has written so emotionally about dealing with depression and a sense of hopelessness. Some sites recognized that her words could be triggering to people struggling with mental health issues and posted the number for a national crisis hotline.
But as Teigen predicted, she is getting “brutally picked apart.” For one thing, her post reveals an obsession, or even addiction to her power as a social media personality. Teigen’s Twitter and Instagram presence, with a combined 47 million followers, made her globally famous and allowed her to broaden her modeling career into selling cookbooks and becoming a major pop culture figure. But her post also conveys the extent to which she apparently became dependent on social media attention to satisfy her sense of self-worth.
Teigen said she feels like “utter (expletive) in real life” because of what happened in “this online world.
“Going outside sucks and doesn’t feel right, being at home alone with my mind makes my depressed head race,” Teigen added. So, she apparently chose to go online with her Instagram post to feel “right” again.
Among the many people reacting to her post, a public defender in New York City wrote on Twitter: “Chrissy Teigen has over 13 million followers on twitter and she’s penning letters about how sad she is to be canceled. The madness has to stop.”
Someone else tweeted: “Her reaction should be examined … because it’s a true reaction to social media and how it effects the mind. She has tons of money, two adorable children & husband who is delightful. Why does she need phony fame? That should concern all of us. Do likes count more than real life?”
If Teigen was desperate for likes, she certainly got them on Instagram, garnering more than 781,000 by Thursday morning. Paris Hilton and some other famous friends left messages of love and encouragement, while lesser-known fans said she deserves redemption and promised she’ll survive this challenge. It’s not clear if there were any negative replies to her post, but it’s possible that Teigen’s P.R. team was removing those, as Instagram allows.
Over on Twitter, the criticism was abundant. Among other things, people said her post fails to show remorse for her cyberbullying or address the fact that she landed herself in in this situation. The scandal broke in May when media personality Courtney Stodden revealed that Teigen sent her direct messages in 2011, telling the then-16-year-old media personality to commit suicide.
Teigen’s past online attacks of troubled stars Lindsay Lohan and Farrah Abraham also surfaced, and she faced accusations that she tried to ruin the career of designer Michael Costello. Teigen has denied the allegations involving Costello.
Teigen experienced a rapid fall from grace that’s definitely been embarrassing and costly. Pete Davidson celebrated “getting Chrissy Teigen out of our lives” on “Saturday Night Live,” and she lost professional opportunities and endorsement deals with Netflix and Macy’s.
Crisis management experts said Teigen committed one of the cardinal sins in American celebrity: She got caught positioning herself as one thing publicly when the opposite was true privately. Despite her sometimes brash and controversial way of expressing herself, Teigen presented herself as authentic and good-hearted and fashioned herself into an arbiter of compassion, moral behavior and progressive politics.
Her bullying scandal showed her to be a “hypocrite” and “cruel” and “sadistic,” leading to one of “the greatest meltdowns in American celebrity,” said Eric Schiffer, chairman of the Los Angeles-based firm Reputation Management Consultants.
Schiffer and other crisis management experts have said in previous interviews that Teigen has a good shot at salvaging her career if she expresses genuine contrition, doesn’t make the situation about her own suffering and — chiefly — stays out of the public eye for a while so that people’s aggravation with her can can fade. But her Instagram post shows that she’s struggling with staying out of the public eye and possibly can’t function without affirmation from her fans.
Meanwhile, her many critics on Twitter pointed out that she remains fabulously wealthy, and she has the support of her famous husband John Legend. She also still has her Hollywood mansion, and she just returned from a trip to Italy.
Indeed, before Teigen posted her couch photo, she had filled her Instagram with gorgeous images of her and her family on vacation in Italy, posing in designer clothes in Pisa and other romantic locations. In one photo with Legend, Teigen proclaimed herself to be “the luckiest girl in the world.”
It’s also questionable whether Teigen has truly been “canceled,” as she said. She’s been active on Instagram, and she hasn’t been banned on Twitter. She has just chosen to not tweet for the time being, probably because knows that Twitter is much more rough-and-tumble than Instagram. But she can still garner attention on Twitter. Her post made her a top trending topic overnight, though many comments were “picking” her apart, as Teigen predicted.
“Very depressed Chrissy Teigen wants to let us all know how depressed she is b/c she’s a hateful (expletive) & now she can’t have fun being a (expletive) on social media anymore,” was one much-retweeted comment. “She also said she needs time off her couch even though she was just in Italy with family and friends for 2 weeks.”
“The ONLY reason Chrissy Teigen is depressed she’s in a “Cancel club” is because she’s not making money,” another person wrote. “Girl, bye. She’s acting depressed with a pic of herself on a couch as if she just wasn’t in Italy last week.”
“Chrissy Teigen is not a victim,” yet another tweeted. “The people on twitter she randomly, inexplicably, maliciously bullied were the victims.”
Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 Billion in Taxes in 2021 But Twitter Wants ‘Proof’
Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.
If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.
Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.
For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021
But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.
A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.
Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021
Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021
Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.
In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”
He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”
Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.
Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.
The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”
Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures
Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.
Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.
It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.
“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.
Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.
Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.
“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.
But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”
By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”
“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.
Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream
At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”
On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.
Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.
Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.
The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.
Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.
The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.
The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.
Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.
In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.
Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.
Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.
But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.
“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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