“The Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis recently offered his thoughts on the idea of a gay Bachelor show in the future, and his answer is a definite no. In what many are calling anti-gay remarks this week, Galavis says that he respects gay people, but feels that showing a homosexual version of the romantic series on television would be a bad example for kids. The Huffington Post looks into the much-desired man’s controversial comments and statements that have received heated feedback by some this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
In a recent interview, the new “The Bachelor” figurehead, Juan Pablo Galavis, was asked a question that had been on the minds of quite a few watchers of the popular show, but was rarely — if ever — mentioned as a serious question. During the network party, Galavis was asked whether he believed that having a gay version of the ABC reality show, showcasing either bisexual or gay men or women as the bachelor or bachelorette, might be a good idea for the future.
His response was something that was not taken favorably by many in the gay community. While it was simply viewed as truthful and entitled to his opinion by some, others (as stated in the source site comments) believed him to be narrow-minded and even offensive.
"No... I respect [gay people] but, honestly, I don't think it's a good example for kids..."
Such a line as saying that seeing gay people as a bad example for children has left his 18th man as the new lead of ‘The Bachelor” in some celebrity hot water this week. However, he did go on to say this friend Peter was gay, though what this comment actually means remains rather vague.
"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."
Galavis stands as the ABC series’ very first Latino bachelor, but his final remark on gay people, calling them “perverts,” is what seemed to take his remarks a little too far.
"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."
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