Tom Sandoval Tries to Justify George Floyd Remarks

Just when we thought that Tom Sandoval couldn’t sink any lower, last night’s Vanderpump Rules reunion saw the bar owner attempting to justify his appalling remarks about George Floyd.

Sandoval, as you’re likely aware, is a reality star who took some flak for cheating on his girlfriend with one of her best friends.

And Floyd was a Black man who became a national symbol of racial inequality after he was murdered by Minneapolis police.

Raquel Leviss, Tom Sandoval, and Ariana Madix in a scene from Vanderpump Rules.
Tom and Raquel’s romance has come to an end, but the fallout will likely remain with them for the rest of their lives! (Bravo)

Yet somehow, despite these massive differences, Sandoval thought the two situations were completely comparable.

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“I’m not a pop culture historian really,” Sandoval told The New York Times in February.

“But I witnessed the O.J. Simpson thing and George Floyd and all these big things, which is really weird to compare this to that, I think, but do you think in a weird way it’s a little bit the same?” he asked.

Needless to say, not a lot of folks agreed with Sandoval’s assessment of the situation.

Tom Sandoval attends the grand opening of The House of Barrie at House of Barrie on October 04, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Tom Sandoval attends the grand opening of The House of Barrie at House of Barrie on October 04, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for House of Barrie)

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When the topic of Tom Sandoval’s problematic remarks came up during Tuesday’s Vanderpump Rules reunion, the reality star made the baffling decision to try and justify his comments.

“Do I have to do a sales pitch on myself? I am not defending anything I said; I was just talking about the absurdity of the scandal,” he argued, according to Us Weekly.

“I just thought of big things in the news. Obviously, they are parts of movements,” he continued.

Tom Sandoval attends the red carpet for Fox's "Special Forces: World's Toughest Test" at Fox Studio Lot on September 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Tom Sandoval attends the red carpet for Fox’s “Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test” at Fox Studio Lot on September 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“I am seeing the scandal sandwiched in between the war in Ukraine and some other s—t. This is stupid. Why is CNN talking about a cheating scandal on a guilty pleasure reality show?”

Obviously, that’s a lot of words. when a simple “I’m sorry; I shouldn’t have said that would’ve sufficed.”

From there, Sandoval lashed out at comments made by Lala Kent. She’d previously alleged that he had “groomed” Rachel Leviss ahead of their affair.

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Tom Sandoval attends the 2024 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One at the Honda Center on January 13, 2024 in Anaheim, California.
Tom Sandoval attends the 2024 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One at the Honda Center on January 13, 2024 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Araya Doheny/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

“She used the word ‘groomed’ which is beyond f—king slander considering she is not underage,” Sandoval fumed. “That implies pedophilia.”

“It is taking someone who is younger than you and more impressionable than you and someone who is at a higher level of power than the other person,” Lala corrected

“I was very impressionable when she took all her clothes off and jumped in my f—king pool,” Sandoval replied.

In a rare admission of fault, Lala conceded that it was not her place to accuse Sandoval of sexual misconduct.

Tom Sandoval attends the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World Dominion" on June 06, 2022 in Hollywood, California.
Tom Sandoval attends the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World Dominion” on June 06, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“I am a projector. And I still have to catch myself,” she explained, noting that she’s fresh from a relationship with a very unequal power dynamic.

“Only Raquel and Tom know what was going on. He is going to see it differently. I tend to lean toward the chick a little more.”

More than a year after the Scandoval, it seems that the cast — with the exception of Ariana Madix — is beginning to soften toward the principal players.

But even so, Tom Sandoval was the biggest loser of last night’s Vanderpump Rules reunion. We’ll see what round two brings next week!


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