Juan Pablo Galavis Doesn't Think a Gay 'Bachelor' Would Set a Good Example for Children
During a recent interview with The TV Page, Juan Pablo Galavis, also known as The Bachelor, put his foot in his mouth after the reporter asked him if ABC should explore having either a gay or bisexual Bachelor. Naturally, his answer will probably offend anyone who identifies as being a part of the gay community.
“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. “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 although he awkwardly reassures the reporter that he does, in fact, have gay friends, he went on to accuse gay people of being “more pervert in a sense" and thinks that the reality show would be "too hard to watch" with anyone but a straight leading man. You can listen to an audio recording of the interview in question just below.
Warner Horizon Television, the studio that produces The Bachelor, and the show's executive producers haven't wasted any time dealing with the scandal. They've already condemned Juan Pablo in a statement saying:
"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 has also responded to the controversy on his personal Facebook page, saying:
People,The single dad and former Venezuelan soccer stud is currently starring on the 18th season of the hit dating show, looking for love and for a partner who may be able to help raise his 4-year-old daughter Camila.
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.
Sinceramente, Juan Pablo Galavis.