Lisa Vanderpump has apologized for making a transphobic comment about costar Erika Girardi on the May 21 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The reality star emphasized that she is a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community and never intended to be insensitive. Scroll through for more details!
Lisa, 58, got into hot water by insinuating that Erika, 47, was transgender and hiding her male genitalia.
"Just don’t ask me if Erika’s tucking or something like that because there are some things I can’t lie about," Lisa joked during her confessional.
"It was not my intention to belittle the trans community with my poor choice of words directed toward Erika,” Lisa said in a statement to Us Weekly.
She continued, "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."
The SUR owner concluded, "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.”
Erika simply reacted to the onscreen diss by retweeting a Twitter comment by transgender star Candis Cayne, 47. "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," Candis wrote.
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