“The Bachelor” star, Juan Pablo Galavis, is taking a hit for his careless remarks concerning gay people. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Juan issued an apology on Jan 18, 2014 for damage control on his Facebook page. Although Juan insists that he has a great respect for homosexual people and that he has many gay friends, he blames his word choice of "pervert" on the language barrier.
The apology came from comments he said on Jan. 17, 2014, during a party at the Television Critics Association press tour, sponsored by ABC, Juan was asked what his thoughts were on having “The Bachelor” show with gay people. Juan commented, “I don't think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV." However, he took it a step further when he said that all homosexuals are "more pervert in a sense."
This comment did not go over well with the fans of “The Bachelor.” Up to now, the ratings have been strong, but now ABC is afraid that will change because of his poor word choices. The episodes of “The Bachelor "are all prerecorded months ago and episode three is set to air on Monday night. Executive producers of “The Bachelor” issued 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.”
Juan posted on his Facebook page, “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.
Last month, Phil Robertson of the TV reality show “Duck Dynasty” made anti-gay comments in a GQ interview. Right after that, several old tapes appeared on YouTube where he talked about his Biblical views on homosexuals. A&E suspended Phil for those remarks. Fans of “Duck Dynasty” and Phil started petitions to reinstate Phil back on the show. It was when the Robertson family decided to leave their reality show that A&E changed their minds and reinstated Phil to the show.