Whether you’re Team Lisa Vanderpump or Team Everyone else, (pretty much) everyone can agree that she is an avid LGBTQ advocate. That’s why it was so surprising when she made a seemingly transphobic “joke” about Erika Jayne during the last episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Lisa was talking about the lie detector test she took during the episode. Aside from the questions about the dog scandal, John Sessa included a question that shaded Dorit Kemsley’s constantly changing face and accent. Lisa had no problem answering every question except for one that she didn’t want mentioned. Lisa randomly”joked,” “Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking or something like that because there are some things I can’t lie about.” Did anyone even ask her something about that? How long was she sitting on that line? This was very out of character for Lisa. It didn’t even fit into the context of the situation. At all. Why would the very vocal LGBTQ supporter make this remark?
Lisa received a lot of criticism for that one on social media. As of this moment, Erika hasn’t said anything about it, but just check out her retweets and likes on Twitter. Clearly, she wasn’t happy about it, but seems like she doesn’t want to give
the queen LVP any extra attention.
Since the episode aired, Lisa issued an apology statement to Page Six. Lisa said, “I have nothing but respect and love for trans people around the world, as I have been a staunch supporter, provided employment offered emotional support and championed LGBTQ issues. With recent news of trans women losing their lives for living their authentic truth in a world of discrimination and hate, I never want to diminish the very real pain and struggle that trans people go through every day.”
Of course, she didn’t mention Erika specifically. That’s a surprise to no one.
Before the apology, Lisa Rinna weighed in. Again, that’s a surprise to no one. She tweeted, “Who knew Lvp was transphobic? Well, we know NOW!
#LBGTQ.” That’s a reach. Vanderpump’s comment was offensive and unnecessary, but it’s far-fetched to say that Lisa herself is transphobic. Nevertheless, she shouldn’t have ever said that. 100%.
Vanderpump Rules cast member, Billie Lee reacted to the backlash against Lisa. She tweeted, “I have to say @LisaVanderpump has always supported me and my trans experience. She has one of the biggest hearts ever. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my fairy god mother. Our allies don’t come perfect and it’s our responsibility to educate them.”
TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT LISA VANDERPUMP’S REMARK DURING THE EPISODE? WOULD YOU BE OFFENDED IF YOU WERE ERIKA JAYNE? DO YOU THINK HER APOLOGY IS SINCERE?
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