Juan Pablo Galavis was able to coast on his broken English for awhile, getting away with being that hot Latino who didn’t need to say much because of the obvious.
That ship has sailed, because on Friday night, The Bachelor star gave a few too many off-color comments about gays.
“I respect [gay people], but honestly I don’t think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” Galavis told TheTV Page at Friday’s TCA 2014 party when asked if he’d ever watch a gay version of The Bachelor.
“Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids, and that is how we are brought up,” he continued.
“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.
“And there’s this thing about gay people, that it seems to me, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not, you know I have a lot of friends and that, they’re more pervert in a sense. To me the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.”
Both ABC and the show’s producers were quick to respond to Galavis’ comments, stating that “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.”
Yesterday, Galavis posted an apology 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 night at around 7:30pm PST, Galavis tweeted this:
I WONDER how many people UPSET/DISSAPOINTED at me SPEAKS another LANGUAGE…
— Juan Pablo Galavis™ (@JuanPaGalavis) January 19, 2014
Do we blame the comments on a language barrier? Or do we chalk it up to plain old inexcusable ignorance?