'Bachelor' Juan Pablo Explains Anti-Gay Remarks
ABC 'Bachelor' Juan Pablo Galavis is chalking up his recent anti-gay remarks as a simple matter of choosing the wrong word in English, his second language.
Juan Pablo, a former Venezuelan pro soccer player, recently stated that he didn't favor a upcoming season featuring a non-heterosexual 'Bachelor.' His use of the word "pervert" got the full attention of GLAAD, as well as the executive producers of the popular dating show.
The ABC network was quick to state, "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."
Galavis later softened his stance on Facebook: "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 contest. If you listen to the entire interview, there's nothing but respect for Gay people and their families. 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."