After taking a public beating on social media, Tamra Judge from The Real Housewives of Orange County addresses her involvement in her son’s transphobic comments made on social media.
After the story surfaced and a Bravo fan publicly called for Judge to be fired, Judge tried to explain what happened on Twitter. However, after a lot of back and forth, Judge abandoned the thread. But returned, this time to Instagram, to explain her position. The Instagram post accompanied an image of Martin Luther King, Jr. along with the words, “The time is always right to do what it right.”
This is what sparked the controversy
Judge’s adult son, Ryan Vieth took to social media to express his opinions about two articles that seemed to strike a nerve. One article was about a baker who refused to bake a gender transition cake. The other story surrounded a five-year-old’s gender transition decision.
Fans were outraged when they saw Vieth’s comments. He made an aggressive comment directed at the baker. “Hopefully this guy goes on a rampage and kills whatever transgendered f**k head took him to court. Ooops did I just say that.” And used strong language to express dismay about the child. “LETS BE F—KING REAL, THE WORLD IS F—KED. COMPLETELY F—KED.”
How did Judge get involved?
Judge did not comment on the baker story. However, she “liked” the post that Vieth made about the child. Plus wrote, “Wow that’s sad. 5 year old can not make a decision like that.”
At the same time, Vieth tried to back out of the posts once he realized the firestorm he created. “Repost, deleted the entire post when i tried to delete someone comment for calling me a vile person hahahaha. You want to be transgender cool thats your life but dont push your transgender bullsh*t on me or America.” Eventually, Vieth deleted the posts and his social media.
She tried to defend her comments on Twitter
When the fan called for Bravo to fire Judge, she tried to explain why she made the comment. “This is Not true! My point is a five-year-old is not cable of making that decision,” she wrote. “That’s it!”
She also tried to apologize too. “I’m sorry, I do believe that people should be who they want to be. I read it as a 5-year-old going through medical treatment. I thought that was too young.” But the story caught on and more people began to weigh in on both sides of the argument.
Judge returns to social media to make a statement
She allowed a few days to pass before returning, this time to Instagram, to make a statement. “I’d like to address the many comments regarding my son Ryan’s posts on Instagram. I have been extremely upset my son would post such a thing. A post that I did NOT see because he took it down immediately knowing it was WRONG. Admittedly, I had a concerned ‘mom’ moment when referring to a post about a 5-year-old making life altering decisions. My comment did not come from a place of hate. I’ve encouraged Ryan to make his own amends but in the meantime, I’m extremely sorry, His words were harsh & unacceptable. I have nothing but love & respect for the LGBTQ community….always have always will. I will continue 2019 with a renewal of peace, wellness & love for all.”
Judge’s statement was generally met with positivity. A number of followers even told her no apology was needed. However, one person backed the position of the five-year-old. “@tamrajudge you are incorrect. I knew well before the age of 5 that I was trans (born in the wrong body). That hasn’t changed. It doesn’t change. “Born this way”… get it? Educate yourself. You look and sound stupid.”
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