‘SNL’ Takes Shot at Chrissy Teigen Amid Cyberbullying

by Josh Lanier
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Pete Davidson took a shot at falling star Chrissy Teigen by saying “getting (her) out of our lives” was one of the only upsides of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 27-year-old comic made the joke as an aside in a Weekend Update segment during this weekend’s Saturday Night Live season finale. The topic of his monologue was the importance of mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

“If there is one good thing about the pandemic — besides getting Chrissy Teigen out of our lives,” he said, having to stop himself from laughing. “I’m relieved,” he added for the crowd.

Teigen, who was once a social media superstar, has become a pariah in recent weeks. That’s because private DMs and old tweets show her bullying and harassing others.

What Caused Backlash Against Chrissy Teigen

Courtney Stodden recently called out Chrissy Teigen during an interview with The Daily Beast. Stodden rose to fame as being the teenage bride of 50-year-old actor Doug Hutchison a decade ago. The couple has since split up, and Stodden says she believes her ex “groomed” them. But during the interview, Stodden, who identifies as non-binary, discussed the media’s mistreatment of them. Stodden claimed Chrissy Teigen was one of the worst bullies they had online.

“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die,'” they said. Buzzfeed published some of the DMs proving Stodden’s accusations. They were a teenager at the time of the bullying. Sponsors dropped Teigen and companies pulled her cookware products from shelves.

Teigen tweeted an apology to Stodden for her past comments.

“Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bulls— in front of the entire world. I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention-seeking troll.” Teigen tweeted that she was “ashamed and completely embarrassed” at her behavior. She also said she had reached out to Stodden to apologize personally. Stodden, however, denied that Teigen reached out.

Teigen Said She Was Leaving Twitter over Bullying

Ironically, in March Chrissy Teigen said she was leaving Twitter because of the constant barrage of bullying she received on the platform, The Guardian noted.

She claimed Twitter “no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively,” and that it was time to log off.

She encouraged her followers — in what was said would be her last post — to think before they tweet.

“I encourage you to know and never forget that your words matter. No matter what you see, what that person portrays, or your intention. For years I have taken so many small, 2-follower count punches that at this point, I am honestly deeply bruised.”

She deactivated her account shortly thereafter, the Guardian said. However, she returned to the platform less than a month later. She remains on Twitter still.