Kim Kardashian West via Instagram
Everything I know about Chrissy Teigen, I learned against my will.
Seriously, I’ve never looked her up, never followed any of her accounts, I even went so far, when she really began to irk me, as to mute and then block her. She still pops up on my feed with alarming regularity. The first time was when she complained her dog had pooped on the carpet whereupon she stated she would leave it overnight and pretend to start cleaning it when her maid came the next morning.
I wanted to assume she was joking (like, surely her maid would read her Twitter feed?) but the faux pas kept coming. There was the time she talked about buying and throwing out air pods because the lack of a cord made it the most convenient option. The time she “made” (direct quote) her nurse dress up as a medieval plague doctor. Or the time she complained to her millions of followers that her maid (again, her wording) scratched her copper pots. It’s all rather innocuous, especially if each of these anecdotes is a joke, but it’s so very tackless. And not to beat a dead meme, but they all look hilarious next to her 2020 tweet, praising the film Parasite.
The most recent Teigen complaint comes in the form of a night out with her husband: “John and I were at a restaurant and the waiter recommended a nice Cabernet. We got the bill and it was 13,000 dollars. HOW DO U CASUALLY RECOMMEND THAT WINE. We didn’t even finish it and it had been cleared!!!”
To say nothing of the fact she’s once against denigrating a member of the working class (a maid, a nurse, a waiter) it’s an incredibly bold choice to complain about a $13,000 bottle of wine (which, at the end of the day, she and her husband John Legend would have been able to afford) in the middle of a pandemic. A pandemic that has seen hundreds of thousands of people lose incomes, jobs, and, tragically, loved ones.
It also bears mentioning that restaurants with $13,000 bottles of wine, and thus a super-rich clientele, are tricky to work for. Wait staff are expected to recommend expensive items, while also making sure to not offend the super-rich clientele. Mentioning the price is offensive to some, not mentioning the price is offensive to others. Super-rich diners are hard to work for. (Although, the fact the infamous Cabernet went unfinished implies the waiter finished the bottle him or herself - to which I say brava.)
Of course, the minute a backlash forms against these types of tweets (whether from Teigen or someone else) a backlash to the backlash is not far behind. Before long, the millionaire-defenders (hardly millionaires themselves, but don't tell them that) are out in full force. You guys are so mean, they’ll say, you’re just jealous she’s rich!
To which I say: duh.
The fact that Teigen and others of her ilk (the Kim Kardashians, the Elon Musks) flaunt their wealth in such tone-deaf ways (flying to a private island during a pandemic, wanting America to “open back up”) is what makes them so ripe for Twitter’s rage and mockery. Yes, they’re human beings and bullying that crosses the line into their personal tragedies and is not cool or acceptable. But when they complain about $13,000 bottles of wine while the rest of America is fighting for $2000 stimulus checks, we don’t owe them our sympathy.
Millions of dollars can buy you almost anything, but it can’t buy you respect from the internet. To mock the monied elites is a sacred right of the working class – and it’s not something we’ll let go of lightly.Support Villainesse