UPDATED: Bachelor Juan Pablo Issues Apology, Blames Language Barrier for 'Pervert' Comment, Agrees to Meet with GLAAD
Juan Pablo Galavis wants to know if you will accept this mea culpa.
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.
Galavis also agreed to meet with GLAAD in the coming days. “At a time when Latino support for gay and lesbian people and our families is growing, we look forward to continuing the conversation with Juan Pablo and working with him to help educate his fans about who gay and lesbian parents are,” said Monica Trasandes, GLAAD’s Director of Spanish-Language and Latino Media, in a statement. “Study after study shows that young people raised by gay parents are as happy and healthy as other young people.”
The controversy erupted when the former Venezuelan soccer star and single dad told a reporter at the network’s Television Critics Association winter press tour that he would be opposed to having an openly gay or bisexual bachelor take part on The Bachelor, saying, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.” He went on to describe gay people as being “more pervert in a sense.”
ABC quickly condemned his comments as “careless, thoughtless and insensitive.”