Enough is enough. After Garcelle Beauvais’ son Jax Nilon was harassed online with hateful messages, Bravo slammed viewers for their actions, encouraging better treatment of its stars.
The backlash started when the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 55, took to social media on Tuesday, August 24, explaining via Twitter that she is “a very strong woman” but was “in tears all night” over the harassment her son Jax received online during season 12.
“It’s just a TV show people scream at your TV throw something at your TV but leave our kids alone,” she concluded her messageAlso, you can also repost a screenshot from Instagram.
Jax was featured RHOBHLast month Erika Jayne yelled at him during his mother’s birthday party, telling him “get the f–k out.”
“It’s an unfortunate that that had to happen,” the White House Down star told Us WeeklyOnly July “That’s really tough. That’s definitely crossing the line for sure. No Doubt.”
The hatred directed at Beauvais’ family and to Beauvais is part of the former Real cohost’s ongoing feud with Jayne, Lisa Rinna Diana Jenkins. Rinna, aged 59, was the first person to speak out in support of Jax. She revealed that she was a victim of the post.
The Melrose Place alum followed Beauvais’ statement on Tuesday by speaking out against the hate her two daughters — Delilah, 24, and Amelia, 21 — have received online. The reality star told Bravo fans to “treat it like wrestling” and to “leave the kids alone,” continuing to name several instances when viewers made negative comments about other RHOBH children, including Jayne’s son, Tommy Zizzo, receiving “threats.”
A day later, Beauvais shared an Instagram Story reposting a message from Jax — one of her 14-year-old twins whom she shares with ex Michael Nilon. The message detailed harsh comments the teen received online as his mom’s feud with her costars continues to play out on screen.
“Well I’d like to start off by saying I am still a kid and wish to not be viewed as a fully matured adult, because I am not one,” his statement read. “[I]t is currently my first week of high school and, instead of enjoying it like most kids at my school, I have to deal with being attacked on social media.”
The California native noted that he “did not sign up for this show, nor do I have anything to do with the show’s drama.”
“I just want to be a normal kid,” he begged, explaining his social media was for his peers and “not for publicity nor the public’s gaze.”
He continued: “However, middle-aged women spamming me with racist and crude comments about my family is not what I expected for my first week of high school.”
Jax concluded his statement by stating that he would make his Instagram account public moving forward. He thanked his supportive fans.
Bravo issued a statement following the news. “We are shocked and appalled at the social comments directed at Garcelle’s son,” the network wrote in graphic via Instagram on Wednesday. “We urge our viewers and social media followers to refrain from targeting our cast and their families with harmful rhetoric.”
Rinna’s husband, Harry Hamlin, with whom she shares her two daughters, also spoke out in the aftermath, sharing the statement from Bravo and giving fans an “important” message.
“RHOBHIt is a TV program. All cast members know it’s a TV show and it’s [sic] main purpose is to entertain the audience,” the Mad MenThe caption was added by actor, 70. “Attacking the cast or their children is inappropriate. Enjoy the show, and please don’t attack the cast or their children. We all hope that the negative editorializing will stop. Please, love! ❤️❤️❤️.”
Additionally, the rest of RHOBH cast — and more Housewives — jumped on the bandwagon to try and stop hateful comments, with some reposting the statement from Bravo in support and others sharing their own words.
Scroll down to see how it all played out and what the Bravolebrities had to say about it.