Chrissy Teigen Clapped Back At A ‘The New York Times’ Editor Who Called A US Olympian An Immigrant

Let’s submerge ourselves into some messy racially tone drama, shall we? Monday afternoon New York Times editor and opinion writer Bari Weiss tweeted about the Olympics, something the whole world has been doing.

Her now-deleted tweet was about U.S. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu’s triple axel. She tweeted a video about the “historic” moment and said “Immigrants: They get the job done.”

There’s only one problem with this, Nagasu isn’t an immigrant.

Do you need another sign of civilization's end? Here's one: I tweeted "Immigrants: we get the job done" with a video of Mirai Nagasu's triple axel. The line is a Hamilton reference. I know she was born in Cali. Her parents are immigrants. I was celebrating her and them. (1/2)

— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018

For this tweet I am being told I am a racist, a ghoul and that I deserve to die. So I deleted the tweet. That's where we are.

— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018

Nagasu was born in Montebello, California and raised in Arcadia, California. Her parents are immigrants from Japan. But still, Nagasu isn’t an immigrant. Weiss assumed she was an immigrant because she is Asain. That is problematic because assuming everyone that is not white is an immigrant is racist.

Chrissy Teigen, the queen of Twitter, tweeted to Weiss and explained why her tweet was actually super problematic. She called Weiss’s tweet “perpetual foreigner syndrome” and told Weiss to calm down because people are trying to educate her.

It’s called perpetual otherism or perpetual foreigner syndrome. No one is ashamed of the word immigrant but it’s tiring being treated as foreigners all the time. You made a mistake. It’s okay. But people are really giving you calm, great insight. Just learn and breathe. All good.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 13, 2018

Also you said they, not we. But it’s okay.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 13, 2018

It’s like when POC get asked where are they from because whoever asking is assuming they aren’t American based on their ethnicity. When they’re met with a response that is in America, they ask again “okay but where are you REALLY from?”


— Audrey Cleo Yap (@audreycleo) February 13, 2018

People called Weiss out and tried to educate her why this is problematic like Teigen. She was also met with trolls and haters who accused of her racism. But anyone who tried to point out WHY people were upset with her tweet Weiss got defensive and still thinks her tweet isn’t othering, or in Teigen’s words, not foreigner syndrome.

She's not white… so she has to be an "immigrant"?

— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) February 12, 2018

"She's not white… so she has to be an "immigrant"?" That's not accusing me of racism? Please.

— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018

was the poetic license in saying she looks asian so she must be an immigrant despite being born in california

— ❄️👹 Goth Ms. Krampus 👹❄️ (@spookperson) February 12, 2018

Her parents are immigrants. The whole thing was a compliment. I deeply resent the implication of your tweet.

— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018

Even when people tried to point out that she can’t handle criticism she still refused to believe them.

I don't have a hard time hearing thoughtful criticism. Anyone who knows me knows that I can take it. @karencheee's take was civilized and fair and I heard it loud and clear. That's the rare exception on here.

— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018

Maybe if we watch Nagasu’s triple axel one more time this will all go away.

A performance for the record books by Mirai Nagasu, complete with a celebration we'll remember for a long time. #BestOfUS #WinterOlympics

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) February 12, 2018

Nope didn’t work. As a rule of thumb, for now on, let’s not call American citizens immigrants based on their ethnicity.

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