- Chrissy Teigen tweeted about her mom frequently losing and buying AirPods as a joke.
- Her Twitter followers were "super pissed off" and noted her "obscene wealth".
- Chrissy later tweeted an apology for coming across as "super tone deaf and icky".
Chrissy Teigen has apologized for a "tone-deaf" tweet about AirPods that evolved into a conversation about wealth and privilege on her timeline. The model and author originally tweeted: "my mom treats her air pods like they're disposable. buys a few a month. she says they would be easier to not lose if they had....a cord."
my mom treats her air pods like they're disposable. buys a few a month. she says they would be easier to not lose if they had....a cord christine teigen (@chrissyteigen)
It quickly picked up traction, accumulating 281,300 likes and 13,900 retweets, and counting. It may have been intended as a joke, but Twitter was definitely not laughing along. Some fans weren't too pleased that Chrissy appeared to be flaunting her disposable income . ( AirPods cost between $159 and $249, so you can do the math.)
your mom has too much money Original Recipe Scrub (@ScrubOriginal)
"Let them eat air pods" (and the predictable collection of hollowed-out stans goes wild) rosebuns (@redzupp)
You know lots of people are literally dying in this country cause they can't afford insulin right Chris Delecto (@goodopinionhavr)
can i have $10,000 please? chris neoliberal emoji (@MuellerDad69)
Your family needs higher taxes memento hikikomori (@StellarBoor)
if this is just a cute, fun story for you i get why you hate bernie so much, must be nice to have this obscene wealth! Tito Snake Bite ORourke (@theyoungman6669)
Yesterday, Chrissy logged back in and saw that her tweet wasn't as well-received as she'd hoped. "Oh man I havent checked my mentions for a bit and I didnt realize how many people were super pissed off about this," she said in a follow-up. "It was meant as a joke (and exaggeration) about how my mom doesnt realize air pods are with a cord are headphones but it came across as super tone deaf and icky."
Oh man I havent checked my mentions for a bit and I didnt realize how many people were super pissed off about this. It was meant as a joke (and exaggeration) about how my mom doesnt realize air pods are with a cord are headphones but it came across as super tone deaf and icky. christine teigen (@chrissyteigen)
Post-apology, Twitter kept the conversation going strong. "It's not just about feelings Chrissy. You sit on top of an absurdly unequal society in which people die from a lack of clean water or access to insulin because your fellow rich people use their power to hoard wealth. Use your own power to change that system," one fan wrote . (To be fair, Chrissy and husband John Legend are vocal supporters of Elizabeth Warren, who has advocated for universal healthcare, per a recent Vanity Fair interview.)
"I promise I will not always say the right thing in the right way but I also promise I hate disappointing or pissing you guys off," Chrissy added . "Im sorry and I will do better to not be such an asshole."