'Vanderpump Rules': Lisa Vanderpump Explains Why She Didn't Fire Max Boyens After Racist Tweets
Lisa Vanderpump has always been an advocate for many different oppressed groups, so it came as a shock to the cast of Vanderpump Rules that their co-star Max Boyens was guilty of past racist tweets!
Max Boyens gets to keep his job!
Vanderpump Rules has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, and during Tuesday's reunion episode, Lisa Vanderpump defends her decision to not fire Max Boyens following a string of racist tweets that have come to light.
The topic was brought up on Part 1 of the virtual reunion when the cast rehashed the drama from last summer. Jax Taylor went after Tom Sandoval for having an issue with Taylor's pastor that was set to officiate his marriage to Brittany Cartwright, after various homophobic tweets were shared.
Sandoval and long-time girlfriend Ariana Madix were always very vocal about the comments the pastor made, and how it made them uncomfortable to attend the wedding, considering Madix identifies as bisexual.
"I don't understand why you need to make a big production out of it considering what your manager's done," Taylor said of Boyens' racial tweets.
The tweets in questions feature Max Boyens saying that the N-word is "his favourite word," as well as saying he "wanted to punch Asians in the face," and called Justin Bieber various LGBTQ+ slurs.
"I hope you reacted the same way to Max as you did to me," Taylor added.
"Yeah, we did," Madix assured him.
Vanderpump then pointed out to Taylor and the others that even if Sandoval did want to fire Boyens, he's a minority share holder of TomTom restaurant, and therefore didn't have the power to do so.
"Firstly, as a 5 percent shareholder, he wouldn't have the right to terminate his employment," she explained, before sharing to the rest of the group, "If I fired every one of you that have made mistakes, it doesn't matter to what degree, probably none of you would have a job."
Boyens also reiterated how sorry he feels for his past comments, saying that he has grown up since those tweets made in 2012, and cringes whenever he even thinks about it.
"We live in a generation now where saying some things, even if you are of that culture, is just frowned upon. I just want to say I'm just really, sincerely sorry. I'm not even — there's no excuse," he said, and also shared that his own mother is biracial, and was raised by his African American grandfather.
Lisa addressed another employee who also shared tweets with the use of the N-word, but shared that she hasn't seen that behaviour from them while working under her.
"I have never seen any inkling of anything that would make me believe that that's the beliefs they're holding now," she said. "And if I had, they wouldn't be working for me."
The virtual reunion show was filmed before the riots and death of George Floyd.