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."

Comments

  1. MrRoboto says

    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.

  2. Mike Ryan says

    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.

  3. richard says

    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.

  4. niles says

    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.

  5. mica says

    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.

  6. northalabama says

    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…

  7. Merv says

    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.

  8. Francis says

    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.

  9. dixichuk says

    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.

  10. EYE ROLL says

    Who appointed GLAAD as the place to go to seek forgiveness? Enough. Same old story every time. Celebrity makes stupid gay comments. GLAAD makes you “have a meeting” with them. Kiss the pope’s rings, get their punishment and a flowery little press release is put out. It is getting old. GLAAD is not the judge, jury and executioner for the gay community and quite frankly, don’t know why they think they were elected to the position.

    Yes, Juan is an idiot and this show is a prime example of what is wrong with the state of marriage in America, not gay people getting married.

  11. Randy says

    Getting tired of newbie celebs stepping into it. Really, is it soooooooo hard to realize that when you are in the public eye you just say nice things about everyone? Is it really so hard in this day and age to just at least be neutral about gays?

    You would think that the agent or PR person would have briefed them onthis!

  12. Icebloo says

    OK so this guy already has at least one child. So did he have sex outside of marriage which many people find “perverse” or disgusting or has he been married ? If he has been married then we need to sue ABC because the guy is not a “Bachelor”. If he hasn’t been married then he should not be on TV because having sex & children outside of marriage is something we should not be parading on TV as it is a bad influence for our children.

  13. Bob says

    Oh, he is just a jerk who, fumbling with English, said a stupid thing.

    Meanwhile BOYCOTT OVERSTOCK.COM, until their Executive VP stops backing a phony movement that insists that the Gays are going to force churches in Utah to marry them.

  14. Mike says

    Richard: His comments were actually worse than Phil Robertson’s.

    Absolutely not, the duck guy was a thousand times worse. I take this guy kinda/sorta at his word, that his English came out wrong, maybe he didn’t exactly mean perverted. Probably meant something bad, but not as bad.

  15. Mark says

    Wow. A backpeddler. And so eloquently done. First, he claims we are perverts, but then steps back, feels the direction of the wind, and then claims he knows gay parents and wants them to be happy.

    So let me see if I understand this clearly. A Gay Bachelor show would not set a good example for children, assumedly because we are perverts, but the pervert gay parents that he claims to know are his good friends who he feels are good examples for children. What a crock of malarkey.

    How far into the throat does the foot go? Would you care to try for the entire ankle?

  16. Ruddigore says

    He claims that he was misunderstood since English is not his first language. Apparently the words “pervertido” and “perverted” are verrrryyyy different.

  17. EYE ROLL says

    Said this elsewhere: Yes, because the Bachelor is THE gold standard of what children should watch! Why aren’t religious conservatives protesting this show? The Bachelor and Bachelorette have made a complete mockery of marriage. Conservatives need to stop blaming “the gays” for the destruction of straight marriage. They are doing such a great job of it on their own.

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