Brittany Cartwright’s Friend Zack Wickham Fiercely Defends Jax Taylor Amid Calls For His Firing
The future of Vanderpump Rules is unknown after the cast dropped by four members this week. Bravo let Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni go due to racially insensitive behavior, but that’s not enough for some Vanderpump Rules fans. Viewers have been calling for the firing of Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright as well, claiming that they are homophobic and transphobic, but Brittany’s close friend Zack Wickham is defending his friends online.
Zack has appeared on several Vanderpump Rules episodes in the past, most recently Jax and Brittany’s wedding episode early in Season 8. He was a member of the wedding party, which originally contained a homophobic pastor who the couple eventually fired. This was one of the main reasons the couple has been slammed as homophobic, in addition to Jax’s treatment of Billie Lee. Zack refuted all of these accusations in a lengthy Instagram post.
Zack started his post by saying he has known Jax for quite some time. He said that Jax plays a great villain on television and social media and but claims that there is a difference between that persona and a true homophobe or transphobe.
“These accusations are completely and utterly untrue. Jax has been one of my closest friends and allies for years now. He fully supports who I am and never once offended me due to my sexuality. He embraces everyone no matter their sexual preference, color of their skin or gender identity,” Zack claimed.
Zack, a gay man, then addressed comments from Billie, who recently claimed Jax refused to film with her, a trans woman, because of her identity.
“Nobody ever had a problem with Billie. Everyone was cool with her and open to hearing her story, celebrating her and amplifying her voice. Jax NEVER once refused to film with her because she is trans. That is a blatant lie,” Zack continued.
Zack then accused Billie of starting drama on purpose because she was a boring cast member. Zack alleged she accused the cast of being transphobic for a storyline, which he also said couldn’t be further from the truth.
Later in the lengthy post, Zack addressed the Stassi/Kristen/Faith Stowers drama, which led to the firing of the former two. Zack claims that there is more to the story regarding Stassi and Kristen calling the cops on Faith, noting others were involved in the situation. According to intel from other friends, Stassi and Kristen truly believed Faith was the woman in the news articles who was drugging and robbing men. Zack claims their actions were not racially motivated.