Chrissy Teigen Politely Explains Why Tweet About Mirai Nagasu Was Insensitive

After New York Times writer Bari Weiss stirred up controversy on social media with a tweet about figure skater Mirai Nagasu’s historic performance at the Olympics, supermodel Chrissy Teigen weighed in and set the record straight. 

Teigen, who’s Asian-American herself, politely responded to Weiss following a tweet in which the Times writer shared a video of Nagasu landing a triple axel with the words: “Immigrants: They get the job done.”

Nagasu, however, is not an immigrant. 

Weiss deleted her original tweet after immense backlash, but later on defended her words, labeling the criticism as a “sign of civilization’s end.” She mentioned that she used the lyrics from the musical “Hamilton” to celebrate both Nagasu and her immigrant parents, claiming she tweeted “Immigrants: we get the job done.” But that didn’t sit right with Teigen. 

Teigen also clarified what Weiss’ original tweet really said. 

Though Weiss shared articles from various outlets ― including HuffPost ― to defend her initial tweet, those sources emphasized the journey of Nagasu’s family, rather than characterizing Nagasu herself as an immigrant. 

As Teigen points out, Asian-Americans are indeed stereotyped as perpetual foreigners, often portrayed as such in media regardless of whether they were born in the U.S. or how long they’ve lived in the country. The pervasive stereotype leads many people of color to feel their American identity is constantly being questioned, or even erased. 

The trope isn’t…

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