Chrissy Teigen and New York Times food columnist Alison Roman engaged in a very public social media feud over the weekend.
Teigen expressed her disappointment over learning comments Roman had made regarding her and Marie Kondo, and their decisions to expand their brands with big-budget product deals.
After Roman shared a lengthy apology on Instagram on Monday, Teigen seemingly put an end to the feud by accepting it.
Two of the food world's biggest stars—Chrissy Teigen and Alison Roman—recently found themselves in quite the social media spat.
Roman, who contributes recipes to The New York Times and Bon Appétit magazine, and authored the best-selling cookbook Nothing Fancy, came under fire for her recent comments regarding Teigen and another bona fide businesswoman, Marie Kondo, in an interview with New Consumer.
"Like, what Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it's just, like, people running a content farm for her," said Roman in the now highly criticized interview. "That horrifies me and it's not something that I ever want to do. I don't aspire to that. But like, who's laughing now? Because she's making a ton of fucking money."
Twitter users called Roman's comments hypocritical—especially considering she revealed in the same interview that she recently signed on to star in a new cooking show and would be soon releasing a new line of vintage-inspired kitchenware. Roman also accused television star Marie Kondo—another high-profile Asian woman—of taking advantage of her sudden celebrity status.
"Like the idea that when Marie Kondo decided to capitalize on her fame and make stuff that you can buy, that is completely antithetical to everything she's ever taught you… I'm like, damn, bitch, you fucking just sold out immediately!" continued Roman in the same interview. "Someone's like 'you should make stuff,' and she's like, 'okay, slap my name on it, I don't give a shit!'"
Needless to say, Teigen quickly became aware of Roman's comments and called her out on Twitter—not in a malicious manner, but merely explaining her hurt feelings over hearing the criticism from a fellow food guru she admires. In her series of tweets explaining her reaction to the news, Teigen also revealed that she had signed on to executive-produce Roman's upcoming cooking show.
this is a huge bummer and hit me hard. I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social and praised her in interviews. I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article. https://t.co/9xrvQBInAp
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 8, 2020
"This is a huge bummer and hit me hard. I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social and praised her in interviews. I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article," wrote Teigen on Twitter. "There are many days I cry very hard because cravings, the site, is our baby we love to pump content onto. We do this work ourselves, and there is NO monetary gain yet. It is just work work work and the reward is you liking it. So to be called a sellout....hooooo it hurts."
From there, Roman tweeted an apology to Teigen. Read it below.
Hi @chrissyteigen! I sent an email but also wanted to say here that I’m genuinely sorry I caused you pain with what I said. I shouldn’t have used you /your business (or Marie’s!) as an example to show what I wanted for my own career- it was flippant, careless and I’m so sorry
— alison roman (@alisoneroman) May 9, 2020
After a period of social media silence from both stars—Teigen claimed she needed a break from Twitter after receiving a slew of hate messages regarding the public spat, with Roman also remaining quiet on her social media platforms in the following days—the Nothing Fancy author took to Instagram to share a lengthy, thorough second apology to both Teigen and Marie Kondo.
Hi— ICYMI, over the weekend there was a bit of a twitter conversation where I was rightly called out for disparaging remarks I made regarding Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo. Even if you didn’t hear about it (!), I feel like this was too important not to share here. I know this is a lengthy note (succinctness has never been my strong suit). I appreciate you taking the time to read.
A post shared by Alison Roman (@alisoneroman) on May 11, 2020 at 4:51pm PDT
"Among the many uncomfortable things I've begun processing is the knowledge that my comments were rooted in my own insecurity. My inability to appreciate my own success without comparing myself to and knocking down others—in this case two accomplished women—is something I recognize I most definitely struggle with, and am working to fix. I don't want to be a person like that," wrote Roman.
Though it's still too early to tell if Roman and Teigen will ever be able to become friends in the future, Teigen did seemingly accept Roman's apology by breaking her social media hiatus and acknowledging Roman's words.
"Thank u for this, @alisoneroman. To be clear, it never once crossed my mind for u to apologize for what you genuinely thought! The comments stung, but they more so stung because they came from u! It wasn't my usual news break of some random person hating everything about me!" said Teigen in a series of tweets. "And honestly, for the past few days, every time I saw a shallot I wanted to cry, but I do appreciate this and hopefully we can all be better and learn from the dumb shit we have all said and done."
Teigen ended her note in her traditional, hilarious Chrissy fashion, and with a word of advice to her millions of followers.
"And if anyone needs a lesson on how less is more, please look at the amazing Marie Kondo, who so very wisely didn't say shit through any of this."
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