First came the offensive and controversial comments from The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Galavis suggesting that gay people were "perverts" and a gay Bachelor contestant was a no bueno idea. Then came the Facebook apology/non-apology that pissed people off even more. Then came the public apology on GLAAD's website that was a step in the right direction. Then came the suspiciously opportunistic tweet during Macklemore's "Same Love" Grammys performance. I don't know about you, but I am TIRED OF JUAN PABLO. And just when I think he may have learned his lesson in expressing his thoughts about gay people with a self-labeled "language gap," Galavis felt the need to express himself again, using a tactic that irks me to no end. On Monday, Juan Pablo Galavis told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America that his comments were a "misunderstanding."
"I have a cousin who is gay. His sister is a nun. So its been around my house all my life," Galavis says.
Ughhhhhh. Did he really pull the old "my-family-member-is-gay-so-my-gay-comments-are-justified" card as a new apology-ish tactic? I personally think it happens to be one of the most offensive ways to shirk blame. For example, "I'm black, so I can make offensive black jokes and nobody can get upset with me." "I'm Jewish, so I can make offensive Jewish statements and expect no consequences." Just because you may have grown up with a cousin who is gay doesn't mean you can say something offensive and deserve to get off scot-free.
And what does he mean by saying "its been around my house all my life." Does "it" mean "homosexuality? And what does the sister nun have to do with anything? Because he grew up with a gay cousin who had a religious sister, he couldn't possibly have made offensive comments? Sigh. One step forward, ten steps back for pulling the religion and "my-cousin-is-gay" card.
It's been hard because, to me, when I speak English, it happened to my two months of filming, sometimes the words that I used were not interpreted the way that they should be interpreted, or I use the wrong word, Galavis says. So I will go on my phone, Google and find the right word and do it that way.
Well, Juan Pablo, you better have your Google app available at the ready on the first page of your home screen, because something tells me you may need more interpreting help just yet.
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