ABC and current “Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis are doing some damage control after the former soccer player said he did not think that their should be a gay or bisexual man cast in the long running reality dating show. After much backlash, Juan Pablo is backtracking his comments. According to a report by CNN on Jan. 20, the current “Bachelor” blames his lack of fluency in English for the misunderstanding.
Galavis issued an apology on Facebook Saturday following the initial controversial comments. As ABC has labeled his comments as both “thoughtless and insensitive”, the “Bachelor” star is especially apologetic over the comment that drew the most anger. The comment, which he said gays were “more pervert”.
In the apology Juan Pablo explained that the word “pervert” was not used in the context in which it was taken. He wrote:
“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.”
That really wouldn’t fly for a show that is considered too racy for children anyway, but overall Juan Pablo Galavis said that he respects everyone and offered his apology to all that he as offended. According to GLADD, Galavis will be meeting with gay and Latino families this week in an effort to educate himself and also as a further damage control.
Meanwhile ABC as slammed its reality star stating that his views “in no way reflect views of the network, the shows producers or studio.”
Juan Pablo Galavis is just the latest reality star in hot water over anti-gay comments. “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson made anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ magazine and former boxer Evander Holyfield got into some hot water with homophobic comments he made on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother.