Juan Pablo needs to stop talking. Juan Pablo needed to stop talking weeks ago, but he just can't seem to do it and now he's causing controversy again. Juan Pablo Galavis retweeted a joke with the word "retard" and then, in his classic Juan Pablo style, tried to make up for it in the worst way possible. The retweet, which has since been removed, read,
Not every flower can save love, but a rose can. Not every plant survives thirst, but a cactus can. Not every retard can read, but look at you go, little buddy! Today you should take a moment and send an encouraging message to a fucked up friend, just as I've done. I don't care if you lick windows, or interfere with farm animals. You hang in there cup cake, you're fucking special to me, you're my friend, look at you smiling at your phone! You crayon eating bastard you!
Now I know what you're thinking, that is WAY over 140 characters, so I'm guessing this was in picture form. Galavis commented along with the retweet, "JAJAJAJAJA LOVED IT..."
Apparently, some of Galavis' followers took offense to the joke — it's not really even a joke, more like a stupid email chain letter from 1998 — and responded to Galavis, because then the defense train came rolling in. Galavis tweeted that people just need to loosen up and travel the world, man.
Now you can form your own opinions on whether or not the "joke" was inappropriate or not, but should he have posted it and not expected to get negative reactions? Hell to the no! I don't know if Galavis' English is actually as bad as he says or if he's just using it as an excuse, but you would think at this point he would realize that when he talks, people tend to get offended whether it be on The Bachelor or in his day-to-day life. It seems like he might like the negative attention. Just look at the way he's gone from "apologizing" to telling people they need to #learnculture. I know I always take advice more seriously when it's preceded by a hashtag.
My advice for Galavis — as it has been since the anti-gay comments, throughout his shaming of Clare, and during his insensitive conversation with Andi — Just. Stop. Talking.