Chrissy Teigen weighed in on the controversy over YouTuber Logan Paul’s video of the body of a man who had committed suicide, prompting backlash and leading her to make her Twitter account private.
Paul took down the video himself, which was filmed in a Japanese forest famous for being a spot where many take their own lives, and apologized for posting it in the first place.
Teigen responded to the controversy surrounding Paul with some sympathy.
“Re: Logan Paul, something I always think about is when people make…ethical mistakes, as in, not-illegal, should we really be trying to ruin their lives and end their careers or accept the apology, personally make a choice to stop watching, and move on,” she told her followers on Twitter.
“An example I have is with a certain clothing company. Years ago the designers said things I personally found horrible about IVF children. I made the choice to simply… never wear or purchase again instead of trying to ‘end them.’”
Teigen continued her thoughts on the issue, explaining that many who are attacking the 22-year-old YouTuber have not been on the receiving end of so much online hate.
“I’m not saying what he did wasn’t sick and stupid and his videos aren’t or haven’t been stupid, I’m saying… a lot of you don’t know what it’s like to have a campaign to end your entire being,” she said.
Many of Teigen’s fans did not appreciate her comments on the issue.
“Oh no girl this is a bad take…” one user tweeted at Teigen.
Teigen responded: “You’re right. No conversations allowed. Let’s end him.”
“I think I’m talking to the wrong audience here,” she continued. “Not many of you guys will ever understand the campaign to END YOU… some of you are the enders and there is no conversation allowed (which I now clearly see).”
“You are completely allowed to hate him,” she added. “I’m not saying you can’t. But how long can we try to ruin somebody for?”
With more fans complaining about her position, Teigen continued tweeting in response.
“I didn’t. Say. I wasn’t. Offended. I said we need to stop watching. Not watching will inevitably lead to a ‘loss’ of his career that was based on social media in the first place,” she continued. “I am for this, I just think people could ease up on the ‘ruining lives’ part.”
“I’m not concerned about his personal well being at all. I think this is a longer conversation about…and I hate this phrasing but…us as a society.”
Teigen also addressed Paul’s original apology Monday, in which he claimed the video was meant to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
“He definitely did not want to bring awareness to suicide prevention,” Teigen tweeted. “He wanted clicks and likes and shock factor. It was calculated and obviously, he had no clue how *stupid* it was.”
Some fans praised Teigen’s even-handed approach to the controversy, to which Teigen replied, “I feel like [I] gave a bread talk at an anti-carb rally.
“If history proves anything, for the next few years I will get ‘I was a fan of her until she defended Logan Paul,’ which is untrue, out of context and unfair but such is life and the Twitter.”
When one fan asked Teigen whether Paul was “cancelled,” she responded, “I cannot cancel something I never subscribed to but yeah I will continue to not subscribe.”
And Internet personality iJustine tweeted her support for Teigen.