The Project’s Waleed Aly and guest panellist Rachel Corbett have found themselves in a disagreement regarding the apology Chrissy Teigen she issued for her social media bullying behaviour.
While Aly and Corbett found themselves divided, Corbett, fully blamed Teigen for her trolling. As reported by Yahoo!, she said, “I don’t believe in cancel culture. I don’t think we should cancel people for their bad behaviour because it doesn’t give any encouragement to learn, grow, change, whatever.”
“But I can fundamentally say as a person, you make mistakes in the past but making death threats. That’s something above and beyond. Can you really change from the person who used to do that at one point? Do you change that much as a person?”
On the other side of the coin, Aly is blaming social media platforms which allow users to make bullying comments to others.
Aly said, “Let’s be honest, the line between death threats and bullying is shrinking and becoming fuzzier as a result of social media. That’s what the platform is. (Chrissy) was joining pile-ons.”
In response, Corbett replied saying that, “You can’t say it’s a fault of the platform,” and that social media doesn’t “absolve her of personal responsibility”.
The apology they’re referring to was issued by Teigen earlier this week, where she began, “Hi all. It has been a VERY humbling few weeks.”
“I know I’ve been quiet, and lord knows you don’t want to hear about me, but I want you to know I’ve been sitting in a hole of deserved global punishment, the ultimate “sit here and think about what you’ve done”. Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past.”
Specifically addressing what she is referring to for any of the uninitiated out there, she said, “As you know, a bunch of my old awful (awful, awful) tweets resurfaced. I’m truly ashamed of them. As I look at them and understand the hurt they caused, I have to stop and wonder: How could I have done that?”
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