Oh, Bravo, when will you learn to vet your cast members more?
Vanderpump Rules hasn’t exactly been known for its progressive thinking in the past, but never has a cast member been blatantly racist. That is, until this new crop of twenty and thirtysomethings joined season eight.
Now, the show is in hot water after not one but two of the cast members have been outed for their past use of racist language.
Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni’s racist tweets
Max Boyens joined Vanderpump Rules as the manager of Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, and Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, TomTom. Unfortunately, long before he put on his TomTom name tag, Boyens had been getting comfortable using racist language.
In 2012, he took to Twitter to express his dismay that he wasn’t allowed to say the n-word.
“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,” he wrote, according to tweets that were screenshot by the Instagram account FaceReality16.
But apparently, Boyens was an equal opportunity offender as he tweeted insensitive things about other races as well.
“Something about Asians that just makes me want to punch them in the suck hole,” he wrote.
Newcomer Brett Caprioni also had a string of racist tweets from his past captured by FaceReality16. In them, he also used the n-word quite often.
Fans call for Boyens and Caprioni to be fired
As soon as the tweets surfaced, fans were quick to express their disdain.
“I didn’t like new cast from the first episode and now I’m definitely disgusted with them,” one person commented on the Instagram post. “I don’t care to see them for the rest of the season. Bye trash boxes!”
“Ok it’s over for him,” another person wrote of Caprioni. “Are they not vetting these people? If he’s still working at LVP sites he’s going to get confronted face to face by people. You need to move on Brett. Bye!”
Others compared him to Jax Taylor, who has been known as the show’s resident chauvinist.
“When Jax starts to look like a nice guy it’s cause for concern people,” one fan wrote. “Come on Bravo, this is just yuck.”
“So he’s the new Jax (the insufferable a**hole of the group),” one fan wrote of Caprini. “Does Bravo do any background checks on these ppl? Tweets from 2011 might’ve been a lot to skim through for them tho.”
But some weren’t surprised that Bravo had people like this in its lineup.
“Bravo supports racism/homophobic/sexist individuals,” one fan commented on the post exposing Boyens.
‘Vanderpump Rules’ accused of being transphobic
This isn’t the first time the cast of Vanderpump Rules has come under fire for not being inclusive.
Former castmember Billie Lee accused some of the girls on the show of being transphobic after they didn’t invite her to their Girls Night event.
“When yo coworkers don’t include the only trans girl in GIRLS night at your own job,” she tweeted at the time. “On the night you work! #rudeAF #TransIsBeautiful.”
But Lisa Vanderpump was quick to defend the cast.
“When [Billie] pulled the victim card with Katie, I wasn’t having that because I knew, you know, to throw that card out there wasn’t fair,” she said on the Vanderpump Rules aftershow. “I know these girls. I know how inclusive they are and also, we know how potentially catastrophic that can be on social media.”