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“The Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis Apologizes For Homophobic Comments

Juan Pablo Galavis, the first Latino “Bachelor”, got himself into some hot water with homophobic comments he made in a recent interview. The former soccer star was being interviewed by The TV Page website when he was asked what his thoughts were on the idea of having a gay version of The Bachelor. Let’s just say he didn’t like the idea. He told the interviewer,

“I respect them, but I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV…You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living, But it would be too hard for TV…There’s this thing about gay people — it seems to be, I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not — I have a lot of friends like that, but they’re more pervert in a sense.”

He also added that if kids have gay parents they might be “confused”. When the backlash began, he further dug himself into a hole by talking about how he just doesn’t understand gay people and what they are all about. I’m not even sure what that means. He has since apologized to the gay community and to GLAAD. He said his remarks were taken out of context and that since English isn’t his first language he sometimes says the wrong thing. Which is true…I guess…but I kinda think he knew exactly what he was saying in this case.

Of course, Juan Pablo is allowed to have his opinions on homosexuality. He’s also free to express his views in public if he so chooses. What he’s not free from is consequences. Much like the recent Duck Dynasty homophobia scandal, the TV network was quick to distance themselves from the comments. ABC issued a statement in which they said that his views did not reflect those of ABC or its parent company Disney. And also like in the Duck Dynasty debacle the channel isn’t going to kick him off the network. ABC makes a lot of money off of The Bachelor and it isn’t about to not air the episodes it has shot because of this controversy. What might happen is if GLAAD calls for a boycott of the show it may lose some ratings. Either way, Juan Pablo, just keep your mouth shut and look pretty and you’ll not get in trouble.

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