'The Bachelor' Star Juan Pablo Galavis Apologizes for Homophobic Remarks, Blames Language Gap
Prior to Saturday, Juan Pablo Galavis was known as one of ABC's hottest bachelors. Now, The Bachelor star is simply sitting in hot water. After an interview claimed the reality star called gay people "perverts" — when asked whether or not a gay man should ever star on the romantic reality series — Juan Pablo has apologized for his remarks, blaming a language gap. As he wrote on his Facebook feed:
I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor. The comment was taken out of context. If you listen to the entire interview, there's nothing but respect for Gay people and their families. I have many gay friends and one of my closest friends who's like a brother has been a constant in my life especially during the past 5 months. The word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it. Everyone knows English is my second language and my vocabulary is not as broad as it is in Spanish and, because of this, sometimes I use the wrong words to express myself. What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept. The show is very racy as it is and I don't let my 5 year old daughter watch it. Once again, I'm sorry for how my words were taken. I would never disrespect anyone.
Wait, wait, wait... gay people are "more affectionate," "intense," and "too racy to accept?" As Chris Hanson would say, the most disappointing. Apology. Ever.
The Internet erupted in outrage following Galavis' interview with the TV Page, in which he was quoted as saying a gay Bachelor doesn't belong on television, because, “It seems to me you know, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not, but … You know I have a lot of friends like that, but they’re more ‘pervert’ in a sense. And to me the show would be too strong … too hard to watch on TV.” (He followed up those words by referencing a gay friend of his, the same man he mentions above is "like a brother" to him.) After the quote circulated the Web, ABC swiftly released a response, condemning his words. As ABC wrote:
Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio.
But if Galavis didn't mean to say "pervert," what English word was he actually trying to say? (That homosexuals are more "perfect" in a sense, perhaps? Yeah, he'll go with that!) Galavis' apology itself might seem far-fetched, but there's little doubt the Venezuelan-American has trouble grasping the English language:
Sigh. Try again, Juan Pablo.