Social justice warrior and star of Vanderpump Rules, Tom Sandoval, is that guy who sticks up for the underdog. When he isn’t shaving his forehead or straightening his hair, you might find him saving loose-lipped James Kennedy from a throat punch. You could almost say in the realm of reality television, Tom is one of the good guys.
Most of the veteran cast are adulting now, including Tom. Along with partners Tom Schwartz and Lisa Vanderpump, the cocktail journey to enlightenment known as TomTom has brought some fresh blood to the Pump Rules
petri dish waters. Some of these new cast members might be testing the limits of what is deemed acceptable in the age of social media. Or life in general. Newcomer, Max Boyens, recently came under fire for some uncovered ignorant and racist comments posted to Twitter. Now Tom 1 is being called out for his lack of response to Max’s youthful stupidity and he explains exactly what went down.
I’m not on that whole “gosh people can be so dumb when they are young and say horrible things” train, but I’m also not this kid’s PR person. Welcome to television, Max, how’s it working out for you? On February 19, Champion of All Things Moral, Jax Taylor, blasted his buddy (?) Tom 1 on Twitter in a series of now-deleted posts. Apparently Jax, and quite a few other people, are questioning Sandoval’s lack of innate rage towards Max for the truly idiotic things he wrote in the past. But it’s cool because Tom says, he YELLED at Max when he found out.
According to The Blast, US Weekly spoke with Tom 1 and he attempted to clear things up. “I hit him up and yelled at him about it. Max is nothing like that,” Tom said. Oh, so Max doesn’t want to “punch Asians in the suck hole”? Thank goodness!
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Sandoval continued, “A lot of those tweets, Max comes from an ethnic background. His grandfather fought Muhammad Ali. He’s 100 percent African-American. He’s just was a stupid 19-year-old kid.” A 6-year-old kid might, MIGHT, get away with this. But because Max’s grandfather fought Muhammad Ali, let’s all forget the fact that “There’s this girl I see everyday @ school, she looks just like the girl from the movie precious & I’m not just saying this cuz she’s big and black” exists. Yeah, sorry, no.
Still, Tom 1 defends Max and insists he “isn’t a bad guy” and in no way condones his statements. Well golly, it’s good to know you can reach the ripe old age of 19 and still not know to never, ever have anything to do with the n-word. Obviously Max writing out, “It upsets me that the word n— is not allowed to be said unless you are black because quite honestly it’s my favorite word” is CLEARLY a mistake. I’m sure each and every one of us have done this at some point. Right? No? Oh, that might be because WE AREN’T MORONS. Tom agrees, “Even if it was to your friends and you were indirectly trying to be coy and passive aggressive to your friends, you don’t tweet things like that,” he shared. YOU THINK?
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Back in January, Max released a statement and was vewy sowwy for what he wrote. “I want to sincerely apologize for what I tweeted in 2012 — it was wrong on every level. It is not a representation of who I am. I am shocked I ever tweeted that — and I am disgusted and embarrassed. I am truly sorry.” Sure, Jan. But is he sorry because his nastiness was put on blast, or has he completely changed as a human being?
Tom 1 stands by his general manager and insists Max’s past words were in no way a reflection of who he actually is. Max remains employed at TomTom and on Vanderpump Rules, despite his past transgressions. On the bright side, Kristen Doute is no longer the most annoying person on this program.
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TELL US- DO YOU THINK MAX SHOULD BE FIRED? DO YOU THINK MAX REGRETS HIS WORDS? DID SANDOVAL HANDLE THIS CORRECTLY?
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