Chrissy Teigen and John Legion never chose baby names before they gave birth, the model and entrepreneur wrote in a raw post on Wednesday night. This time it was different. This time they had called the fetus Jack. And this time they will never have a son to bring home from the hospital. Teigen had had a miscarriage.
The model and the entrepreneur’s doctor put her to bed earlier this fall, and she was later hospitalized with excessive bleeding. As her post notes, the blood transfusion was not enough to save Jack. Writing to his late son, Teigen said: “I am so sorry that the first few moments of your life have been so complicated that we have not been able to give you the home you need to survive. We will always love you. “
Fans and celebrities responded with empathy and even gratitude, thanking Teigen and Legend for being so open to the grieving process, which still carries a lot of stigma. But others have responded … in a different way.
For some, finding sympathy for the family in mourning has clearly proved to be an impossible task. Believers in QAnon and pro-life figures mocked and mocked the couple̵
Scroll through the supporting comments from various fans and supporters on Instagram and you’ll find posts like “This is karma for eating children.” Another: “The revenge of the gods …” Another: “Ritual ritual ritual sacrifice! To get my fans back !!! Another: “Who is filming this? How much attention do you need? Really?”
And then there’s … whatever it is: “Probabaly’s karma from all those kids you’ve sacrificed. Mothers of babies who have not had a chance at life. Whose last moments were filled with terror and a cry for protection. You know the truth. Put away what you sew a lady. You will answer God … rest in the peace of children’s lives that have been lost .. your Twitter posts are all over the internet, there is no more hiding the truth. “
For years, QAnon supporters have been harassing Teigen, claiming she has something to do with Jeffrey Epstein; earlier this year, an apparently fake flight diary, allegedly from Epstein’s private jet, the 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 madness of a pizzeria,” she wrote on Instagram. “My own fan pages wrote to me asking if I still wanted to be talked about, although the comments would be very painful.”
Teigen’s miscarriage now brings together two of the most toxic factions on the online right: QAnon’s peppers and anti-abortion figures, who are called “pro-life,” but apparently see the loss of a family as a rhetorical opportunity.
For example: Imagine reading Teigen’s post and then writing this, as Republican documentary and congressional candidate Erol Weber did: “Hoping that Chrissy Teigen and John Legend will rethink their thoughts on abortion after their heartbreaking experience. This is not a pile of cells. It’s either a baby or it’s not. ”
The obvious difference is that Teigen and Legend wanted to deliver, care for, and raise the baby that would become the “pile of cells.” This man, this son who is now being mourned – a difference that anyone who does not try to score political points carelessly can easily make.
Still, others came up with the same “useful” point – like the unsigned lifeback Brian Kel and an Instagram commentator who simply wrote, “Think of it as an abortion … you always shout about how much you love abortion.”
In addition to those who see miscarriage as an opportunity to re-dispute an abortion – at a time when Rowe vs. Wade is under serious threat – others are also piling up to criticize her for posting a miscarriage report at all. Some went so far as to accuse Teigen of “pursuing influence.”
Teigen’s status as a celebrity and one of the most famous influential factors in the world makes her the ideal target for online trolls. She is as well recognized as most stars, but her outspoken persona on social media has given the public more access to her than most A-lists. It also happens that she likes to make fun of the president.
So far, Teigen seems to have received more support than she was making fun of. But in both cases, the negative comments sent in her way should not be ignored. It is unimaginably disgusting to delve so deeply into an unfounded conspiracy theory that laughing at someone’s abortion seems appropriate. It is vile to reduce family losses to a political point of conversation. And it is disgusting to accuse a woman of “persecuting power” and demanding that she grieve “in private” simply because she speaks of her grief.
It could be argued that if so much is said, only, as the old saying goes, “trolls will be fed.” But by directing a grieving couple in this way, they said more about themselves than anyone else.