One of Twitter’s most vocal celebrities is airing her frustration at the online rumor mill, and the harmful conspiracy theories it perpetuates – in this case, concerning her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.
Model, actress, and TV host Chrissy Teigen tweeted Tuesday that it’s “not great” that she has “to read on social media many times a day” that she and her husband John Legend “are pedophiles” associated with the late financier and convicted sex offender.
Teigen says she sees Photoshopped and miscaptioned photos of her and Legend on “Epstein Island,” referring to the property that Epstein owned in the US Virgin Islands, where some of his accusers say they were sexually assaulted by the financier and his associates.
“I just have to deal with it because ‘people are crazy these days,'” Teigen wrote in her tweet. In a reply, she added “if I take legal action, it gets worse because then, to them, it’s true and I’m trying to ‘silence’ them. It’s on posts about everything.”
Epstein, his alleged and admitted crimes, and his high social standing and expansive network of powerful people across industries has created an online, conspiracy-driven rumor mill to rival even the most widely followed conspiracies.
The nature of Epstein’s death by suicide in prison has led to a widespread and pervasive online belief that he was murdered, which contradicts all official information pertaining to his death.
But even before Epstein’s death, online conspiracists were fascinated by him.
The fact that Epstein managed to embed himself in social circles ranging from two US presidents to A-list celebrities to the world’s richest business people has left plenty of online onlookers convinced that there is a broader network of high-profile pedophiles working together to conceal their crimes.
According to Teigen, some of the people she has encountered online pushing that narrative about her include; “Q s—f—-,” which likely refers to “QAnon” believers. “QAnon” is the broad collective term for a popular far-right conspiracy that involves Epstein, but purports that mostly Democratic and liberal-leaning people are members of a global pedophilia network.
Teigen is a very prominent liberal-leaning online personality, which makes her a good target for those attempting to make connections between left-of-center celebrities and Epstein’s alleged pedophilic network.
There isn’t actually any known evidence linking Teigen or Legend with Epstein, and the overwhelming number of people trying to purport that there is has apparently taken a toll on Teigen.
“I had a real life before this,” Teigen wrote. “It’s not just weirdos in random towns. these people are all over. I hate what some people have become and what social has done for this kind of reach. […] the fact I have to learn to let people get away with s— like this is insane to me.”
when pedo ghislaine sings like a canary (if she doesn’t die) and we have nothing to do eith this, I know for a fact it won’t go away. They’ll just think of another excuse. It is extremely disheartening. I don’t know how to stop this. i don’t think anyone quite gets it.
u know what is not great? I still have to read on social media many times a day that John and I are pedophiles and look at photoshopped/miscaptioned photos of us on "Epstein Island" and I just have to deal with it because "people are crazy these days"
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 22, 2019
when pedo ghislaine sings like a canary (if she doesn’t die) and we have nothing to do eith this, I know for a fact it won’t go away. They’ll just think of another excuse. It is extremely disheartening. I don’t know how to stop this. i don’t think anyone quite gets it
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 14, 2020