The lines between fact and fiction can easily be blurred for some reality TV fandoms.
In the case of some of the “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” fanbases, there seem to be no boundaries between some fans and the cast members themselves.
Yesterday, The Blast relayed the news Garcelle Beauvais and a number of her ‘RHOBH’ castmates, particularly Lisa Rinna, came together on social media to rally behind Beauvais’ teenage son, who has been a frequent target of online harassment.
Rinna also revealed in an Instagram story post that Beauvais’ son, Jax Nilon, hadn’t been the only example of parasocial relationships gone wrong between the ‘RHOBH’ fandom and the cast.
She shared that Kyle Richards’ grown daughter and Erika Jayne’s adult son had also been sent incredulous messages from fans, as have Rinna’s daughters as well.
Inside The Complicated Situation
I’m usually a very strong woman I’ve been raised to be strong my life has taught me to be strong but when it comes to my kids! It hurts it’s not OK I’ve been in tears all night it’s just a TV show people scream at your TV throw something at your TV but leave our kids alone #RHOBH
— Garcelle Beauvais (@GarcelleB) August 23, 2022
Yesterday, Beauvais took to her Twitter account to share a plea directed at ‘RHOBH’ fans who have been targeting the cast’s family members.
She also screenshot her Tweet and shared it to her Instagram account.
Her message reads, “I’m usually a very strong woman I’ve been raised to be strong my life has taught me to be strong but when it comes to my kids! It hurts it’s not ok I’ve been in tears all night it’s just a TV show people scream at your TV Throw something at your TV but leave our kids alone,” Beauvais begged.
As of this writing, Beauvais’ tweet has been retweeted one thousand times!
Many ‘RHOBH’ fans and Bravo fan accounts have come to Beauvais’ support in the tweet’s comments section.
The Bravo fan account, Dorinda Deadly, shared a series of heart emojis, and the Bravo fan account, Alex By Bravo, wrote, “We love you Garcelle! The person (singular) that’s responsible for these comments should be ashamed of themselves.”
Another commentator decided to play devil’s advocate by tweeting, “It’s just funny how you’ve stated your boundaries numerous times and people who seem to love talking about what’s ‘off-limits’ test those boundaries so consistently,” and included a side-eye emoji.
Rinna’s aforementioned Instagram story plea echoed her co-star’s passionate request. She wrote, “[The kids] didn’t sign up for this. What are you doing?!? The kids-all of our kids should be off limits. Enough is enough!”
In a repost of Rinna’s Instagram story by @OMFGRealityTV, a commentator by the name of @NowCheckThat_ responded to a comment and provided their insight into the issue within the ‘RHOBH’ fandom.
Nah this is actually the problem. BH’s fan culture is disgusting and no one is capable of calling the whole situation out because they think they’re on the right team. None of those kids deserved to be harassed
— Dis AIN’T Phaedra (@NowCheckThat_) August 24, 2022
“Nah, this is actually the problem,” their response began, “BH’s fan culture is disgusting and no one is capable of calling the whole situation out because they think they’re on the right team. None of these kids deserve to be harassed.”
Jax Speaks Out: What Did Beauvais’ Son Have To Say?
— Garcelle Beauvais (@GarcelleB) August 24, 2022
Beauvais’ 14-year-old son decided to take a stand once and for all and share a passionate plea of his own.
According to Page Six, Nilon decided to take fans through a scroll of the comment section of a selfie.
The publication revealed the content of some messages.
“As Jax scrolled, comments can be seen calling his family ‘immigrants’ and accusing his mom of ‘using race for everything,” Page Six shared.
Beauvais continued to defend her son on Twitter this morning by relaying a screenshotted message from Nilon.
Nilon shared several examples detailing his desire for privacy throughout his post. He also echoed one of Rinna’s messages, reminding the public he did not sign up to be a target from ‘RHOBH’ viewers.
A section of his message reads, “It 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. I 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…”
Fans rallied around Nilon in the comment section of his mother’s tweet, some praising his maturity in dealing with the situation.