Chrissy Teigen Tweets About the Weird Use of "Oriental," Is Then Made to Regret It

"Just a heads up that this all began from me preferring my salad dressing not being called 'oriental.'"

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Who knew a salad-dressing tweet could start such a firestorm?

Let's go back to the beginning. Chrissy Teigen was on a flight this week where she saw "oriental dressing" as an option on the menu. As is her M.O., she took to Twitter to explain that while she doesn't necessarily take offense to the word, she 1) thinks it's inappropriate, and 2) is weird to be using in this day and age.

Twitter users then came for her, railing about how she may not find it offensive, but others certainly do, and complaining that she had never talked about her heritage/represented or stood up for Asians before now (um, check her Snapchats, people).

We have a lot of thoughts, but mostly this one:

The internet—what a precious gem. Read the full exchange on Chrissy's Twitter (opens in new tab).

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Samantha Leal
Samantha Leal

Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.