This week, Vanderpump Rules cast member and toxic male Jax Taylor came under fire after unleashing a string of homophobic tweets directed at a random stranger on Twitter in a fight over. Adidas’ new line of NHL-inspired apparel.
After fans called him out for his antigay rhetoric, the 40-year-old bartender claimed he can’t be homophobic because 50 percent of his friends are gay. Not to mention, Lance Bass officiated his wedding!
I lived in West Hollywood for 15 years, worked at the abbey ( highest grossing bar in the country) (gay bar). I walked in 4 gay pride parades, I had my good friend Lance bass marry us, 50 percent of my friends are gay. But yes, You got me, I am homophobic… people are idiots. ? https://t.co/dIrAoGftMo
— Jax (@mrjaxtaylor) November 3, 2019
Neither Bravo nor Lisa Vanderpump, who claims to be an LGBTQ ally, have issued any statement on the controversy. But Taylor is hardly the first reality star to show his true homophobic colors off camera.
Scroll down for four more reality stars who were caught being homophobic in real life…
The 26-year-old Made in Chelsea cast member issued an apology in June of this year for insensitive tweets he wrote early in his career, which mainly involved him using the word “gay” as a pejorative.
“I’ve grown up a lot since 2013 and would now never be so careless with my choice of words,” Thompson said. “As a society, we’ve also come a long way, and I think we’re now more aware of the power of the words we use.”
The actress/media personality caused a stir in 2017 while promoting her Lifetime reality series Vivica’s Black Magic about an all-male stripper revue in Las Vegas. In a radio interview, Fox said gay men were not allowed at the show, saying, “Aw, hell no. Back all that up. No! NO!”
In response, her long-time producing partner, Jean-Claude LaMarre, cut ties with Fox, calling her remarks “out of order” and saying they did “not represent our attitudes toward the LGBT community.” The show ultimately ran for eight episodes before being canceled due to low ratings. Probably because gay men weren’t allowed to watch it.
In August 2018, Kimberly went on a Los Angeles radio show to defend a homophobic dig she had made at Tyson Beckford after he said he didn’t find her body attractive. Then she went on to explain how she’s allowed to say homophobic things because she has gay friends.
“All my best friends are gay,” she said. “I support the community. I love the community, they love me, that has nothing to do with this.”
In 2015, these two Bachelorette contestants claimed they had hooked up in the shower while taping the ABC reality show and were now “100 percent” in love with each other. They kept the story going for a while before it was revealed they were only “doing it for the cameras” as a “joke” and that “nothing gay ever happened.” Because two guys falling in love is hilarious.