Chrissy Teigen—model, TV star, mother, cookbook author, philanthropist, internet hero—has made her Twitter private after commenting on celebrity culture earlier this week. The Lip Sync Battle host sarcastically declared that her mentions were "SPLENDID" when she chose to point out the double standard of fame after many people made fun of her friend Kim Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night.
Those who weren't already following Teigen (2.88 million, to be exact) are now blocked from seeing her tweets, unless she approves them. This is significant because randos won't be able to tweet at her. Of course, she might already have randos following her, but by protecting her tweets, she puts a shield up to the rest of the internet, which never fears to anonymously berate others without consequences.
When questioned why she made her account private, she wrote, "Not strong enough anymore. It's not haters or trolls or generally mean people. I just feel like I am absorbing bad shit 24/7. My body and mind cannot handle it anymore."
Teigen's decision rules because she's a celebrity. And celebrities are expected to keep themselves open and accessible to fans, while still being able to ignore all the douchey and hateful comments thrown their way. In 2016, we feel entitled for a busy celeb to "notice me" or to reply to a tweet. Teigen's shutting that down to the rest of the internet, keeping her exclusive club of nearly 3 million, who will hopefully behave themselves, given the honor.
This sucks because Teigen is the voice of reason. Time over time, she puts people in their place, and we champion her for it. When we don't know how to voice our disgust, she tweets it eloquently and hilariously. When people judged her for going out to dinner without her baby, she used her sarcasm in the funniest way. She's battled rape apologist Geraldo Rivera and generally poopy and horrible Piers Morgan. She curtly ended a rumor that Kate Upton was trying to steal her man, John Legend. Without the ability to retweet her witty Twitter beefs and opinionated takes directed at sexist losers, how will the rest of the world understand what we want to say but never have the words for?
I'm following Chrissy, but it kind of sucks for you, the rando, who won't get to see hella relatable tweets like this anymore.