Jax Taylor is the often-shirtless Vanderpump Rules star whose existence seems to be an answer to the question: “What if Jeffrey Dean Morgan were actually as handsome as your mom thinks he is?”
Well after Derick Dillard’s bigoted tweet about Jazz Jennings, Jax Taylor is taking shots at his fellow reality star on Twitter — and he has zero chill about it.
Not all heroes wear capes, folks.
TLC’s Twitter account tweeted out a promo for one of their shows — I Am Jazz.
That’s what every network’s Twitter account exists to do, basically.
The reality series, starring Jazz Jennings and featuring her life as a trans teen girl and her activism, just began its third season at the end of June.
Jazz Jennings has been recognized for her advocacy and her bravery as a teenager and she’s honestly amazing.
Like, she’s an immeasurably better role model for young trans kids than Caitlyn Jenner, sorry not sorry.
Derick Dillard, husband of Jill Duggar, also appears on TLC on Counting On, the Duggar spinoff that was basically created to let the Duggars get more airtime for their creepy patriarchal lifestyle despite the fact that they covered up Josh Duggar’s history of child-molestation.
(Apparently that’s all water under the bridge now, as far as TLC is concerned, which is honestly pretty appalling but it’s not surprising.)
Derick Dillard liked a tweet that supported gay rights — at least, the right to not be fired from their job just for existing.
(Though the tweet also mentioned that a person shouldn’t be fired just for being a Christian, which is also true and may have been Derick’s focus)
Fans online took notice and Derick may have been aware that they noticed and panicked.
But whatever his reasons, there’s no excuse for what he did next.
Derick quoted TLC’s promo of I Am Jazz by saying that transgender folks, who have existed since before recorded history, are a “myth” and then later tweeted that he didn’t have any problem with Jazz — though he refused to use her name or correct pronouns.
That’s about as disrespectful as it gets.
Derick’s own fans were overwhelmingly outraged.
And so was Jax Taylor.
Way back in 2014, Jill Duggar tweeted this:
“[Ring emoji] So glad to be engaged to the most awesome guy in the world! I [heart emoji] you, @derick4Him”
Jax Taylor apparently dug up that old tweet, because he quoted it and he was pretty merciless:
“Sweetie I wouldn’t brag about that speck of dust on your finger. You married a delusional piece of s–t.”
That is savage.
Jax then says: “And he’s probably hiding he’s [emoji that depicts two men holding hands].”
Now, we don’t find the suggestion that people who are anti-gay or anti-LGBT are secretly closeted or in denial to be helpful.
(Honestly, it’s borderline homophobic)
But Derick Dillard went after a 16-year-old girl, misgendering her and calling her existence a “myth,” which is vile.
We can see why Jax Taylor felt pretty heated about it.
Jazz Jennings’ own response to Derick Dillard was more tasteful.
The fact of the matter, sadly, is that Derick Dillard’s views are par for the course as far as the Duggar clan is concerned.
While many Christians — including conservatives — don’t feel a need to reject or discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender, there’s still a very loud minority of bigots who can’t stand the idea of someone who might be different than they are.
And the Duggars are absolutely part of that.
The Duggars reject just about every aspect of modern civilization and society.
They reject equality, pluralism, human rights — whether they’re women’s rights or children’s rights or LGBT rights.
Normally it’s Ben Seewald who seems to occasionally be at odds with Jim Bob’s edicts over theology, so for Derick Dillard, coming across as even hypothetically accepting of gay people might have blown up into a huge source of friction within his family.
But there’s never, ever an excuse for bigotry.
Still, even if his phrasing was kind of problematic, it’s good for celebrities to use their star power and social media platforms to take a stand in favor of basic human rights.
In Jazz Jennings’ case, we’re talking about the right to exist and be treated with at least the bare minimum of respect owed to another human being.
It would be interesting to see Derick apologize publicly and perhaps even on camera, but … we won’t hold our breath.
Jax Taylor may not have mentioned Jazz by name, but he at least stood up for her.
Someone tell Lisa Vanderpump that Jax Taylor does deserve a drink, this time.