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Model Chrissy Teigen, whose mother is Thai, became embroiled in a huge debate on Tuesday over whether or not using the word "Oriental" in lieu of "Asian" is objectively offensive.

You would think that being half-Asian would make Teigen qualified to have an opinion over what derogatory words referring to Asians offend her personally, but apparently a lot of people on Twitter don't agree. She handled the madness with humor and grace, though—after all, her Twitter prowess is one of the reasons her husband, performer John Legend, fell in love with her.

It all started when she tweeted that she found it odd that a menu used the word "Oriental" to describe a type of salad dressing.