Chrissy Teigen posted a lamentation about life in the “cancel club” to Instagram this week, correctly predicting it would be picked apart by critics. “Being at home alone with my mind makes my depressed head race,” she wrote, adding, “only a few understand it and it’s impossible to know until you’re in it.”
After fueling cancel culture for years — and getting rich off it — Teigen finally faced the virtual firing squad for old tweets bullying a then-teenage Courtney Stodden. Teigen lost her partnership with Macy’s over the ordeal and published a long apology on Medium.
The conflict blurred battle lines, as people on the right suddenly found themselves cheering on the punishment of Teigen and others typically inclined to take Teigen’s side in the debate found themselves unusually inclined towards mercy.
Teigen’s behavior, of course, was not politically incorrect, it was mean, which makes the case study different than most of the chapters in the life of