‘Vanderpump Rules’ Fans React As Jax Taylor Reveals He Thinks Coronavirus Is A “Punishment” From God
Will the Vanderpump Rules cast ever learn? Seeing as the Bravo hit debuted in 2013 and it’s now 2020, we’re going to go with a flat ‘no’ here.
Over the weekend, Jax Taylor took to Instagram and Twitter to share his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and to say it didn’t go over well would be an understatement. According to a report from Us Weekly, Jax said that he thinks the coronavirus is a “punishment” from God.
“I know a lot of people are out of work and are having a rough time and that sucks and I am so sorry, but I feel like this is a punishment from the man upstairs,” he wrote in a post on his social media platforms, according to the gossip outlet. “I really think he’s tired of the way we treat people, he’s tired of how we treat the planet, probably thinks some of us are ungrateful, I mean I could go on and on.. but this is like a serious ‘time out’ for the world.”
“When we come out of this we need to change for the better. All of us need a wake up call, we need to change our ways because obviously it wasn’t working and we needed a punishment and this is it,” he said. “The true test will be how we come out of this, and when we do, remember what it was like when our freedom was taken from us.”
He continued, “Let’s show the man upstairs that we can do better for ourselves and humanity. He’s done so much for us, it’s time to pay him back.”
A quick look at the responses to Jax’s tweet and you can tell that his comments didn’t exactly go over well with viewers of the show.
“Please tell this to the people who are sick and people with family and friends who are sick and have died,” replied user @dustindove. “I’m sure this will comfort them.”
“I would delete this,” user @JackieG63771632 commented.
“I mean, I love God, but this insiunates that he is also protecting only those who can quarantine with no fiscal impact,” posted @blairhol. “The God I worship helps those MOST in need.
Some users didn’t even bother to respond with actual words, which is a smart strategy considering who we’re dealing with. User @dumpsterdaddytm summed up a lot of the feelings towards Jax with a simple meme:
This isn’t the first time that someone on the Vanderpump Rules cast has opened their mouth and inserted their foot.
As previously reported, this season has been rocked with numerous scandals alone.
When the new season of Vanderpump Rules was announced, some Bravo fans did some social media digging only to discover that new cast members Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens have posted numerous racist statements to their social media accounts in past years.
While Brett and Max were forced to apologize and have kept their Twitter accounts locked or inactive since the show debuted, it has still left a bitter taste for many people.
Lisa Vanderpump Apologizes
LVP herself even had to apologize on behalf of the show and production company as calls for the two to be fired grew.
“I do not condone any of the heinous comments made in the past by Max and Brett and I am glad they understand the severity of their offenses and have shown utmost remorse and contrition,” she said in a statement.
Lisa Vanderpump recently apologized on behalf of the cast and crew of Vanderpump Rules for another cast-induced scandal. It’s not known whether she has spoken to Jax Taylor about his latest comments. (Photo: Bravo)
“I embrace a community of diversity and do not tolerate bigotry of any form within my workplace,” she said. “Max and Brett are both appropriately ashamed of their past obnoxious teenage arrogance and casual use of unacceptable terms. While both have now matured as adults, they have shown remorse for their prior reckless defamatory statements.”
“I do sincerely believe both have learned the power and impact words can have, and I have every hope this will be a lifelong lesson for them as we move into this new decade,” she continued.
Just as the racism scandal was blowing over, episodes of the show documented Jax and his fiance at the time, Brittany Cartwright, defending their decision to keep an anti-gay pastor at their wedding, which was going to be filmed for the show.
Jax Taylor is facing heat for implying that the coronavirus pandemic is “punishment” from God. (Photo: Bravo)
Once again, LVP had to step in, telling the two that it was inappropriate and that they had to sever ties. Although they did replace the pastor in their wedding with Lance Bass, it caused a divide amongst the cast (and viewers) on how they had handled the situation.
Lala Kent: Hold My Beer
Jax’s co-star Lala Kent helped to quickly distract from the drama, however. Just recently, she took to Instagram to joke that she wished she would get the coronavirus for publicity.
Obviously, that joke didn’t go over well and Lala has since apologized for her behavior, as well.
“Let me be clear,” she posted in a recent Story after receiving backlash for her previous posts on the topic. “I am well aware of the severity of what’s going on. And to keep from losing my fucking mind, I have to Larry David the shit out of this situation.”
“If you were offended by my story, my bad. To keep out of the darkness of it all I have to make light. So, stay in, try to laugh, and wash your hands a lot,” she continued. “Stay healthy, y’all.”
If we were Bravo, we’d definitely be having a chat with some of the cast members because these types of comments are simply too controversial for their brand.
While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, the coronavirus pandemic is a real concern and to make light of it or to try to place blame is simply irresponsible and we would hope that after over almost a decade on television that they would understand their social responsibility.
Vanderpump Rules airs Tuesdays on Bravo.