Controversy better than a plot on one of your favorite soap operas has emerged because of none other than The Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis! Last night at the ABC TCA Winter Press Tour Cocktail Reception and press event, Juan Pablo made remarks to a reporter from The TV Page when asked said Would he be opposed to having an openly gay or bisexual bachelor take part in an upcoming season of the series? What happened next was not good!
Juan Pablo answered: “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV. Obviously, people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. Now there are fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having… two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed… It is confusing in a sense. But I respect them because they want to have kids. They want to be parents. So it is a scale… Where do you put it on the scale? Where is the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV.”
ABC and Warner Horizon studio this morning came out and bashed The Bachelor and did not stand by their man, instead issuing this statement, “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.” Now Juan Pablo took to his facebook page to offer his apology on his statements citing the language barrier as one of the issues for the misunderstanding since he is originally from Venezuela.
Juan Pablo offered up this apology: “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. S inceramente, Juan Pablo Galavis.”
So, what do you make of the whole debacle? Do you buy Juan Pablo’s apology? Do you think it was out of line? What do you think about ABC’s comments against Juan Pablo’s remarks? Comment below!