VANDERPUMP Rules star Jax Taylor is being slammed for claiming coronavirus is "punishment from God."
The 40-year-old newlywed called the pandemic a "serious ‘time out’ for the world.”
Jax tweeted: “I know a lot of people are out of work and are having a rough time and that sucks and I am so sorry, but I feel like this is a punishment from the man upstairs.
“I really think he’s tired of the way we treat people, he’s tired of how we treat the planet, probably thinks some of us are ungrateful, I mean I could go on and on.. but this is like a serious ‘time out’ for the world.”
He went on: “When we come out of this we need to change for the better. All of us need a wake up call, we need to change our ways because obviously it wasn’t working and we needed a punishment and this is it.
“The true test will be how we come out of this, and when we do, remember what it was like when our freedom was taken from us.”
“Let’s show the man upstairs that we can do better for ourselves and humanity.
“He’s done so much for us, it’s time to pay him back.”
Followers fired back at his remarks writing: "Huh, weird that god would punish the elderly, cancer patients, healthcare professionals, etc and yet for some reason spare self-obsessed reality tv sociopaths. He truly works in mysterious ways."
Another said: "Jax, do you honestly think the lord wants to hurt people? Wow. The lord I know and believe in does not work in that way.
"Not the best choice of words to your fans that are already scared. Unbelievable."
Others responded: "Come on. I really do like you but this is very insensitive. How can you think like that? It is not a punishment. It is a virus started from a bat…"
Another tweeted" This is disgusting. You should be ashamed for posting… but I guess you’ve always set the lowest bar for humanity."
This season on VPR, Jax came under fire after he and his wife Brittany Cartwright were accused of hiring a "homophobic" wedding pastor.
The couple eventually instead used NSYNC’s Lance Bass as their officiant.
But when Tom Sandoval confronted Jax and Brittany about the pastor, Jax lashed out: ”Why are you f*****g trying to do something like this to somebody?
"Why are you trying to hurt somebody like this? You’re trying to make them look bad!”
Jax also went after Ariana, who is bisexual, and Tom's relationship saying: "Why doesn't he figure out his girlfriend's issues huh? First of all why don't you figure out what sexuality she is because it changes every day?"
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