“The Bachelor” Apologizes For Remarks, Stands By Sentiment
Juan Pablo Galavis is sorry his anti-gay remarks might have offended, but that does not mean he is willing to endorse a homosexual edition of “The Bachelor.”
Following controversy over his claims that such an edition would not be a “good example for kids,” Galavis issued an apology on Facebook to those he “may have offended.”
“I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor,” wrote the star of ABC’s “The 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.”
Regarding an additional comment that homosexuals are “more pervert in a sense” and thus likely to create a version of “The Bachelor” that “would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV,” Galavis blamed the language barrier.
He explained, “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.”
Galavis does not, however, regret the core of his implication that homosexual tendencies could drive “The Bachelor” in an additionally polarizing direction.
“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,” wrote Galavis.
If it is any consolation, he is not saying the show is presently the beacon of morality.
He noted, “The show is very racy as it is and I don’t let my 5 year old daughter watch it.”
Earlier Saturday, the show’s producers, studio Warner Horizon and network ABC issued a joint statement denouncing Galavis’ comments.