Lisa Vanderpump is coming under fire for an offensive joke aimed at “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” co-star Erika Girardi — but she insists she didn’t mean any harm by her remark.
Vanderpump, 58, made the remark on Tuesday night’s episode of “RHOBH,” laughing in a confessional discussing her lie detector test, “Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking or something like that because there are some things I can’t lie about.”
”It was not my intention to belittle the trans community with my poor choice of words directed toward Erika,” Vanderpump told Page Six in a statement on Wednesday. “I have nothing but respect and love for trans people around the world, as I have been a staunch supporter, provided employment offered emotional support and championed LGBTQ issues. With recent news of trans women losing their lives for living their authentic truth in a world of discrimination and hate, I never want to diminish the very real pain and struggle that trans people go through every day.”
Their co-star Lisa Rinna spoke out about the comment on Twitter shortly after it aired, saying: “Who knew Lvp was transphobic? Well, we know NOW! #LBGTQ.”
Girardi, 47, has not spoken out about the remark yet, but she retweeted actress Candis Cayne’s message about the scene, which read: “Oh come on @lisavanderpump joking about @erikajayne ‘tucking’ Ugly Trans jokes marginalizing our community are not acceptable. Being an ally doesn’t give you a free pass To make transphobic remarks. Do better.”
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