Chrissy Teigen and John Legend faced an awful tragedy this week, and shared the news that Teigen had suffered a pregnancy loss.
In a statement on Instagram, she wrote:
We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.
Teigen also revealed that though they never decide on their babies’ names “until the last possible moment after they’re born”, they were calling their baby Jack.
“I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive,” Teigen wrote. “We will always love you.”
The statement was accompanied by a pair of moving black and white photos, including one of Teigen crying on a hospital bed. The post spurred a lot of debates about whether it’s appropriate or important to share such personal news so publicly. Never mind that bereavement photography exists and is a valid way to process grief.
And since empathy is apparently dying, numerous right-wing figures jumped at the chance to criticise Teigen and Legend, even though they’re surely in unimaginable pain.
This includes anti-abortion supporter and Repubican candidate for Congress, Errol Webber, who tweeted that he hoped that their experience will help them “reevaluate their thoughts on abortion”.
People were understandably furious at Webber for being so insensitive.
Just to be clear: an abortion and a miscarriage are entirely different things.
Not to mention the fact that capitalising on someone’s grief to make a political stance is never okay.
It’s another case of a man getting involved in a woman’s business when he has no right to.