Juan Pablo Galavis may know his way around a rose ceremony, but “The Bachelor” star just got himself into a thorny situation. In a January 17 interview with The TV Page, the first Latino “Bachelor” announced that he’s opposed to having an openly gay or bisexual bachelor star on the long running dating show. Saying it would be difficult to watch the show with a non-straight lead, the 32-year-old single dad added, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.”
The former Venezuelan soccer pro rambled on with: “Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples… 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.”
And just to make sure he really stuck his foot in his mouth, Galavis said that "there's this thing about gay people... it seems to me, and I don't know if I'm mistaken or not... but they're more 'pervert' in a sense. And to me the show would be too strong... too hard to watch."
“Bachelor” fans wasted no time making their opinions on JP’s comments known on Twitter, and that includes celebrities. Comedian Jason Biggs tweeted: “Guys, in Juan Pablo's defense, I think there was a language barrier issue. All he was really trying to say was that gay people are horrible.”
Interestingly, on his blog for People, Galavis recently wrote: “I HATE rose ceremonies because I hate hurting people.”
ABC has not yet commented on Juan Pablo’s remarks.