Alison Roman says 'stupid' Chrissy Teigen comments were due to 'white privilege' as Cravings founder takes Twitter break

Chrissy Teigen got a comprehensive apology from food writer Alison Roman on Monday, after she had lashed out at the model in an interview.

Roman took to Twitter, after first apologizing late on Friday, as she acknowledged her "white privilege" had played a role in her insensitive remarks.


"I need to formally apologize to Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo. I used their names disparagingly to try and distinguish myself, which I absolutely do not have an excuse for," her lengthy letter began. "It was stupid, careless and insensitive."

"I need to learn, and respect, the difference between being unfiltered vs. being uneducated and flippant," her lengthy message continued. "The burden is not on them (or anyone else) to teach me, and I'm deeply sorry that my learning came at Chrissy and Marie's expense."

"Among the many uncomfortable things I've begun processing is the knowledge that my comments were rooted in my own insecurity," she added.

"My inability to appreciate my own success without comparing myself and knocking others down—in this case two accomplished women—is something I recognize I most definitely struggle with… I don't want to be a person like that."

 

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It comes after Roman criticized Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo's business empires, during an interview with New Consumer, on Friday.

Chrissy expressed her hurt and upset at the remarks.

However, she accepted Alison's apology on Monday, graciously saying that she thought they were alike in many ways.

Chrissy had said that the spat had made her want to step away from Twitter, where she's known for her feisty and funny posts.

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"I think we are alike in so many ways. I remember the exact time I realized I wasn’t allowed to say whatever popped in my head-that I couldn’t just say things in the way that so many of my friends were saying," Chrissy wrote in reply.

"Eventually, I realized that once the relatable 'snarky girl who didn’t care' became a pretty successful cookbook author and had more power in the industry, I couldn’t just say whatever the f*** I wanted. The more we grow, the more we get those wakeup calls," she continued.

Chrissy admitted that the comments had hurt her.

"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 s*** we have all said and done," she added.



Alison took time in her apology to acknowledge that she had picked out Chrissy and Marie, when she had claimed that the model’s quick rise in the culinary world for her Cravings empire “horrified” her and that was problematic.

"The fact that it didn't occur to me that I had singled out two Asian women is one hundred percent a function of my privilege (being blind to racial insensitivities is a discriminatory luxury)," she explained.

Adding, "I know that our culture frequently goes after women, especially women of color, and I'm ashamed to have contributed to that."

"My apologies again to Marie and Chrissy," her final note read. "I'm deeply embarrassed and I'm sorry to everyone I hurt with my insensitivity, especially to my friends and colleagues who are being held accountable for ignorance that was not their own."


After the article went viral for it’s “anti-feminist tone," Chrissy publicly posted a series of tweets in which she revealed the comments had left her "upset" and feeling "crappy", and in reply, Alison apologized and admitted it was "flippant" to use the mom-of-two's company as an example.

“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,” Roman tweeted late on Friday.

"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.

"Being a woman who takes down other women is absolutely not my thing and don’t think it’s yours, either (I obviously failed to effectively communicate that). I hope we can meet one day, I think we’d probably get along."

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Chrissy has not publicly responded but has interacted with supportive fans, and told one that it was "good to know" after it was alleged Alison "mouthed 'she’s so annoying' and elaborated on how much you don’t like her weeks ago on the Murmurr broadcast."

The feud kicked off when Alison told The New Consumer: "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.

"That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that."



 

 


In response, Chrissy tweeted: "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.

Chrissy – who’s been married to singer John Legend since 2013 – explained how she started her Cravings line – which consists of recipe books, cookware, how-to videos and more – because she wanted something for herself.

She said: “I wanted something John didn't buy, I wanted something to do that calmed me, made me happy and made others happy, too. Cravings isn't a "machine" or "farmed content" – it's me and 2 other women.

"I didn't "sell out" by making my dreams come true. To have a cookware line, to get to be a part of that process start to finish, to see something go from sketch to in my hands, I love that.

“I genuinely loved everything about Alison. Was jealous she got to have a book with food on the cover instead of a face!! I’ve made countless NYT recipes she’s created, posting along the way."

She added: “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."

As the backlash first grew online, Alison tweeted: "When women bully other women for being honest about money and how much they do or do not make, well, that’s amore…

"Just wishing I had someone to hold my hand during baby’s first internet backlash.”
Alison also attempted to clarify her comments, adding: "I am not coming for anyone who’s successful, especially not women. I was trying to clarify that my business model does not include a product line, which work very well for some, but I don’t see working for me."

Netflix star Marie Kondo has yet to address Alison's remarks.

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