Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump revealed why she didn’t fire her SUR employees after their racist tweets resurfaced. The restauranteur talked about Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni’s tweets on the Vanderpump Rules Season 8 virtual reunion. The Zoom reunion featured each of the cast members’ Los Angeles homes. The episode also aired amid the nationwide protests racial injustice and police brutality following the death of George Floyd.
During the reunion, host Andy Cohen addressed Max and Brett’s racially insensitive tweets. The tweets are nearly 10 years old. Tom Tom general manager Max Boyens made homophobic remarks, used the N-word, and make derogatory comments about Asians. Meanwhile, Brett Caprioni, a server at SUR, also used the N-word in his own tweets.
Lisa Vanderpump doesn’t think her SUR employees are racist
During the Vanderpump Rules Season 8 reunion, Lisa Vanderpump addressed Max and Brett’s tweets. She said she never witnessed any racism from either of her restaurant employees.
“I have never seen any inkling of anything that would make me believe that that’s the beliefs they’re holding now,” Lisa Vanderpump said, per People. “And if I had, they wouldn’t be working for me.”
Lisa addressed the rest of the Vanderpump Rules cast. She reminded them that if she fired every one of them then “probably none of you would have a job.” Max apologized once again for his racist tweets. He revealed that his grandfather is black, and his mother is biracial. He posted the tweets 10 years ago when he was a teenager and is embarrassed that he ever made those remarks. The bar manager said there’s “no excuse” for his behavior.
Brett also talked about his past and the hurtful words he used. He “deeply” regrets posting those tweets. The VPR newcomer said that he and his friends were “making jokes with each other” at the time, but he knows that it was a “dumb” thing to do.
“I’m doing my best to move forward and be the best person I can be,” Brett added.
Both Brett and Max previously apologized for their racist remarks after the tweets resurfaced before the two were introduced as the new cast members on Vanderpump Rules.
Lisa is “deeply saddened” by George Floyd’s death
Lisa Vanderpump also spoke out about George Floyd’s death. On Sunday, May 31, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum took to Instagram to share her thoughts. She posted a photo with a quote that read, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” She revealed that some of her Los Angeles-based restaurants had “minimal graffiti” after the protests took place in the city. This comes after one follower said she would be angry if protestors ruined one of her restaurants.
She also shared her feelings about George Floyd’s death in her Instagram caption. He died when a police officer pressed his kneed onto his neck for nearly nine minutes.
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I am deeply saddened by the tragic events of the past few days. This is about our shared humanity. Everybody deserves to feel safe in this country. Everybody deserves to feel valued, and heard. Nobody should have to face the fears that so many people face daily. I feel for each and every person who feels marginalized or persecuted in their community. It is not right. I am a big believer in peaceful protests – it is so important to be able to gather and be heard with regards to the causes you believe in. And this cause, and fighting this injustice is so important. The violence and destruction that accompanied some of these protests is heartbreaking, and it’s devastating to see the hate and the hurt that so many people are feeling. “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Enough is enough.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic events of the past few days,” Lisa wrote, per Us Weekly. “This is about our shared humanity. Everybody deserves to feel safe in this country. Everybody deserves to feel valued, and heard. Nobody should have to face the tears that so many people face daily. I feel for each and every person who feels marginalized or persecuted in their community. It is not right.”
The Bravo celebrity also said she supports “peaceful protests.” Lisa feels that the “violence and destruction” that she witnessed at some of the protests was “heartbreaking.”
“It’s devastating to see the hate and the hurt that so many people are feeling,” she wrote, “Enough is enough.”
All four of Lisa’s restaurants – SUR, Tom Tom, Pump, and Villa Blanca – remain closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. An insider told Us Weekly that Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd, are making good use of this time to give SUR an update.
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