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TV's Bachelor Continues Damage Control Over Anti-Gay Remarks, Will Meet with GLAAD, Gay Families

TV's Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis spoke with GLAAD yesterday and is planning a standard dog and pony show to make amends for his anti-gay remarks.

2jp_galavisSaid Galavis to GLAAD:

"I have heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said and I apologize. I know gay parents and I support them and their families. They are good parents and loving families. I am a father and I know the feel of being a father, why wouldn't I want my gay friends to also be happy parents? I also want gay and lesbian youth to know that it is fine to be who you are. Gay or straight, Black or White, Latin or American, what matters here is to respect who we are. I look forward to meeting with gay and lesbian families as well as Monica [Trasandes, GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language and Latino Media] and Wilson [Cruz] from GLAAD. Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination and I want them to know that I'm on their side."

Galavis said in an interview that gays are "perverted" and therefore a gay-themed version of The Bachelor would not set a "good example" for children.

ABC has tried to distance itself from the remarks and released a statement: "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."

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  1. there already was a gay-themed version of the bachelor about 10 years ago. "boy meets boy" was, i believe, broadcast on bravo.

    Posted by: alguien | Jan 19, 2014 4:09:23 PM

  2. @ALGUIEN, yes there was and it lasted like 7 episodes.
    Which suggests why Bravo has never done a gay version of its "Housewives" franchise.

    Posted by: charles | Jan 19, 2014 4:21:15 PM

  3. Accomplishing, that is.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jan 19, 2014 4:30:39 PM

  4. Okay, let's try this again. Juan Pablo still has his faux-pology up on his Facebook page and the homophobes and "my free speech is being violated" whiners are out in full force in the comments. So this separate GLAAD thing isn't accomplishing much.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jan 19, 2014 4:34:12 PM

  5. How long until NOM starts the #IStandWithJuanPablo hashtag?

    Posted by: Bernard | Jan 19, 2014 4:42:23 PM

  6. I prefer an honest bigot over a fake one. Which are you Juan Pablo?

    Posted by: ChrIslam | Jan 19, 2014 5:44:24 PM

  7. He's from the #sorrynotsorry school

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jan 19, 2014 5:47:58 PM

  8. GLAAD is doing more harm than good. Not every insult should require a freaking ACT OF CONTRITION.

    Posted by: frank | Jan 19, 2014 6:01:39 PM

  9. So this European Venezuelan is the Bachelor's effort to showcase a "minority"?

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 19, 2014 6:09:22 PM

  10. @Perry,

    His light skin tones are much less threatening than say a Hispanic of Mexican descent. The producers are scared of frightening away their demographic.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jan 19, 2014 6:17:21 PM

  11. Racially speaking, Juan Pablo is white. Ethnically...he is Latin/Hispanic. So he's a majority-minority.

    Posted by: ChrIslam | Jan 19, 2014 6:23:42 PM

  12. I'm impressed at how quickly she got her legs in the air!

    Posted by: denizo | Jan 19, 2014 6:26:18 PM

  13. GLADD is doing just what GLADD needs to do. Juan Pablo shot himself in the a** and ABC's Bachelor series has suffered a major blow. Hundreds of thousands of previous viewers are walking away - not just from the Bachelor but from ABC and no amount of apology is going to smooth Pablo's bigoted statements. We owe GLADD a big round of applause for stepping up to the plate and screaming their heads off.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 19, 2014 6:28:43 PM

  14. GLAAD has failed to criticize Juan Galavos sufficiently. It has treated him with kid gloves. His comments were actually worse than Phil Robertson's.

    It would be interesting if the women of The Bachelor would accept a bisexual man as their suitor. I say "probably not" because women aren't very tolerant of male bisexuality.

    Posted by: richard | Jan 19, 2014 6:29:06 PM

  15. The tools of GLAAD (who removed the words gay and lesbian from their name and removed their own testicles some time ago) are doing far more harm than good. Instead of being rightly offended and upset, here we go again with a "road back" offered by the very people who were condemned in the public square. The word masochism comes to mind. BTW, those were ABC's words, not his.

    Posted by: niles | Jan 19, 2014 6:41:22 PM

  16. How can you support gay parents and their families when you call them 'perverted' and 'a bad example' to be in public?

    How can good parents and loving families be considered 'perverted' and 'a bad example' to be put in public view?

    How can it be "fine to be who you are" as gay or lesbian if it's 'perverted' and 'a bad example' to be in public view?

    How can you reinforce the idea "what matters here is to respect who we are." when you disrespect who people are?

    How can you be "on their side" when you stridently announce to the world how 'they' are 'perverted' and 'a bad example' to be in public view.

    In what Alice In Wonderland world are we living in when those incompatible attitudes and statements are seen and believed to be congruent?

    CrAzY HoUsE!

    This loser should have realized that he didn't need to weigh in on others' equality.

    Posted by: mica | Jan 19, 2014 6:55:49 PM

  17. No. Sorry, go away. You're forgiven but I'm bored already. Next one

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 19, 2014 7:24:17 PM

  18. hmmmm, which statement do i believe, the natural, off the cuff statement in an interview, or the well deliberated, network induced third release meant to save a contract and ratings...hmmmm...

    Posted by: northalabama | Jan 19, 2014 7:28:47 PM

  19. This whole show was to promote Mormonism....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 19, 2014 10:17:45 PM

  20. F-him. Apology not accepted.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 19, 2014 10:36:27 PM

  21. His statement makes it sound like it's only the opinions of gay latinos that matter. I guess if he had said that just non-latino gay people were perverts then everything would be A-OK.

    Posted by: Merv | Jan 19, 2014 10:42:49 PM

  22. Too bad he's so conceited he thinks that we actually care about any so-called apology he makes...after the fact he exposed his bigotry. I'll wait until we see some real action in making amends Mr. Galavis.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 19, 2014 11:49:20 PM

  23. F-him...Yea, that's the way to really change the thinking of about 50% of the population that still hates us. He's apologized publically and is willing to put forth some effort to promote acceptance. It's an evolution.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Jan 20, 2014 12:15:11 AM

  24. Oh Juan. You had me at "pervert".

    Posted by: tranquilo | Jan 20, 2014 12:28:48 AM

  25. He should choke on a big fat one!

    Posted by: Tweety | Jan 20, 2014 12:54:36 AM

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