This week, it looked like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills may be turning on Lisa Vanderpump.
Behind the scenes, it looks like some of the show's worst fans may be turning on the stars.
Erika Girardi received a piece of vile hate that threatened the life of her son.
A fan Instagram account shared a screenshot of a vicious, hateful troll's tweet.
The tweet, directed at Erika Girardi, caught her attention and she shared it.
"Has someone shot your son yet?" the monstrous text reads.
"You probably could care less," the tweet taunts. "Since you didn't raise him."
"Maybe he's better off dead," the despicable message concludes.
Erika shared the post on her own Instagram, writing: "This is disgusting."
That is, well, an understatement.
Erika's son is a police officer in Los Angeles.
While statistics tell us that this is the safest time in decades to be a police officer, that does not mean that her son is not at risk.
It also does not invalidate her very real worries about his safety.
She never truly knows when an ordinary night at work could turn into mortal peril.
There is good news about this targeted harasser.
No user by this handle still exists.
It turns out that if your hateful tweets of this nature get reported by hundreds of people, Twitter takes action.
(Unless you're tweeting from the White House, anyway)
But this same monstrous troll also took aim at Kyle Richards, suggesting that sisters Kim Richards and Nicky Hilton would be happy if she died.
During Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika made it extremely clear that this is a sensitive topic.
"Don't ever bring up killing my child again," she lectured Eileen Davidson. "Because my child could get killed."
(Eileen was just trying to cite an example of an unforgivable act; she was in no way threatening Erika's child but ... she hit a nerve)
When Eileen acknowledged that Erika was touchy on the subject because her adult son is a police officer, Erika was not satisfied.
"Eileen, don't ever bring up my kid again," Erika demanded.
"Eileen," Erika continued. "Your kid doesn't put on a uniform every night and put his life out on the line for people he doesn't know."
Erika Girardi is a complicated person, but she has a tremendous amount of love for her son.
(Of course she does)
This was why this egregious tweet mentioned him.
Trolls want to hurt you however they can.
Why? Well, it makes them briefly feel powerful, and they usually don't feel a great deal of strength or agency in their lives.
They get their sick thrills by ruining someone else's day.
The more famous their victim, the better they feel about it.
It sounds like Erika didn't give them the satisfying online breakdown that they were craving. Good for her.
Call them out, but don't give them what they desire or you'll be targeted by even more haters.
Some people just really need a filter.