TV’s ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis Tries to Apologize for Anti-Gay Remarks

TV's 'Bachelor' Juan Pablo Galavis posted a sort of apology on his Facebook page after an interview was published in which he said there shouldn't be a gay version of The Bachelor because it would not be a "good example" for children. He also suggested gay people are "perverted".

Jp_galavisGalavis's statement:

People,

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.

Comments

  1. buster says

    Nice try. Too bad “pervert” in Spanish is “pervertido” and therefore doesn’t lose much in the translation. Even if he was thinking of “perverso”, that means wicked, depraved, or evil.

  2. says

    That sure didn’t take long.
    We weren’t done being angry yet!

    Even with very close gay friends he still doesn’t get it. The world’s heteronormative matrix is a tough set of goggles to take off.

  3. richard says

    Maybe Juan also has sexual feelings for men but doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. A lot of men are conflicted in this way : while they have sexual feelings for women, they also have sexual feelings for men.

    Homophobia is often an expression of rejection of same-sex feelings for reasons that have to do with religious upbringing or a fear of sexual rejection by women. Women often reject men in whom homosexual feelings co-exist with heterosexual feelings.

  4. NY2.0 says

    LMAO, I knew this was coming. How is it possible to construe the word pervert out of context? It is what it is. Just another hollow, PR generated “apology.”

    Then he pulls the “I have gay friends” card. To funny!

  5. Steve says

    What kind of example is it for “children” when a few dozen women throw themselves at a 30-something man who hasn’t been able to establish a meaningful relationship on his own based on more than looks ad come-ons?

  6. Francis says

    Jason finding a way to shoehorn his hatred of women in a post about a Venezuelan man making hate comments with an awful non-apology on top of it. Couldn’t have expected anything else.

    Juan Pablo is an idiot, and so are his defenders.

  7. Chuck Mielke says

    I’ll willingly give him a guarded pass. I have read that in the Latin-American cultures sex isn’t considered dirty, as we Americans generally consider it; they consider it “green” in the sense of a part of life, something they tend to value and feel less embarrassed about. It is also possible that his experience with English has brought him into contact with the playful uses of “pervert” employed by some straight men toward each other or in describing some acts. There is also the fact, if you listen to the interview, that he seems to use the word “pervert” in a restricted or guarded way, like maybe he’s not really sure of its meaning, but it’s similar to another word he’s more familiar with.

    In general, I’ll trust what another person says of his/her intentions, rather than rely on armchair analysis and knee-jerk responses.

  8. Bob says

    OH, GIVE FOLKS A LITTLE BREAK

    If he makes sure that his explanation/retraction/apology gets into the media, it will help straight people who do not know what to say.

    And, although he manages familiar things very well in English, my own experience with other languages reminds me that I might start fishing for words and mess up.

    I remember when I told my French teacher she had LIVED more than me, but, I actually said she FARTED more than me.

  9. TampaZeke says

    Wow, virtually EVERY comment on his Facebook supporting him and telling him that he is right and shouldn’t apologize are FEMALE. I’m starting to believe that some of the most anti-gay people out there are actually women. All this time I thought my mother was the exception instead of the rule. Now I’m starting to reconsider. Women may not be any worse but they’re certainly no better than men in the homophobia department.

  10. bobbyjoe says

    @TAMPAZEKE– Uhhh, no offense, but you have heard about One Million Moms, Maggie Gallagher, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, etc., etc., etc., all the way back to Anita Bryant and Phyllis Schlafly?

    Some of the most anti-gay people out there have always been women. Usually the type of woman who are pretty awful to other women, too. There’s no inherent good or bad, sane or crazy gene according to gender. If anything, when it comes to celebrities, female anti-gay rhetoric is taken for granted more than male– note that this week the Bachelor’s anti-gay comments have caused much more of an uproar than Sherri Shepherd’s (BTW, on that note, what the hell is going on at Disney/ABC?)

  11. LincolnLounger says

    I cannot imagine where Disney’s/ABC’s publicist was letting someone with English as a Second Language go off on his own.

    That being said, does every publicist have one of these lame non-apology/apology with the same “taken out of context”, “if anyone was offended”, etc., at their fingertips.

    It’s too bad the elevator in the very pretty house doesn’t go all the way to the penthouse.

  12. Just_a_guy says

    Yeah, sorry, but I don’t trust most typical women. Especially religious ones. I’d sooner trust most any dude in most situations. Of course there are dozens of exceptions, but they have been exceptions in my book.

    My fave people are lesbians, and I’m not lucky enough to befriend them often enough.

  13. Native Spanish Speaker says

    If he spoke Spanish well, he would know that the appropriate closing is ‘atentamente’ – ‘sinceramente’, a Spanglish monstrosity, is never used in proper Spanish to end a letter.

    This moron knew what he was saying, and now he wants to wiggle his way out of it. Crucify the guy.

  14. Will D. says

    Jasper, Boy Meets Boy was a reality tv show on Bravo network years ago.. It was very much like The Bachelor. I think it ran only one season but was well produced. Not sure why there weren’t more seasons.

  15. fanboi says

    if this started because he was dissembling on the subject or a gay or bu bachelor… it doesn’t matter – because it won’t work. Just watch this and you will see why.

  16. Stephen says

    Chuck Mielke:

    I read your comment 3 times and I still can’t figure out WTF you are talking about. He called us perverts in a guarded way? Huh? Look, his points were very consistent:

    -Exposure to gay people on TV is not good for kids

    – It would be very hard to watch a show about a gay family where kids live in the same house as a gay couple.

    – Gays are perverted.

    – He nevertheless has gay friends and respects them.

    Taken together, his views on gay people are comparable to that codified in Russian law: gay people can exist, but should be treated like human pornography, kept from public view and out of the sight of children.

  17. David says

    Tampazeke:

    Don’t ever pursue a career in polling or sociology. Yes you saw some posts from women on Galavis’s FB page defending him. You conclude that this means that women are as homophobic as men. It is just possible that posts on his FB page, rather than being drawn from the general population, are far more likely to come from people who follow him, i.e., Galavis’s fans. And those fans are overwhelmingly women. So yes, no shocker that the posts, esp. the ones to show up in the first 24 hours of the controversy, would be mostly supportive of him and overwhelmingly from women.

    If a NASCAR driver goes off on a homophobic rant against Ellen, you can be sure that on that driver’s FB page, the comments will be supportive and will come from men. On Ellen’s FB page, the comments will support her and come from women. You see how this works?

  18. Jack says

    So Juan is worried about the children??? Well what does he think he’s doing…saving the world? He is a male whore who is accepting money from The Bachelor and is f_cking a different woman every week until he exhausts his supply of p_ssy! Yeah, THAT’S a moral show for children to watch!!!

  19. says

    The bigger questions is why are straight people accepting his apology. The apology isn’t to them it’s to the gay and lesbian people he insulted. It’s like when someone says a racist remark and then apologize, the white people come out in droves accepting the apology when they aren’t even the people in the offended minority.

  20. Michael says

    The one thing that amazes me about any apologies: the conditional phrasing. “If I may have offended anyone.” Sorry, you wouldn’t be doing what you are doing if you hadn’t offended someone. Even more than offended. Probably made someone’s life more difficult. Confused, stressed some youth. So, let’s call it as it is. It isn’t a “possibility” that you have done something hurtful, even in a second language. You have. Take responsibility.

  21. JT says

    Hey Hwwann: And having your selection of a wife for yourself and mother for your child from pre-selected women who are close to being whores, or whorish is perfectly natural! Your love is so genuine! For the many same-sex men and women who have been in long term relationships, that is not for children to emulate? You couldn’t hold your marriage together with the mother of your child, what makes you think you’ll be able to hold a relationship with a whore woman who is out to get money and fame? I don’t think you are all that myself. I certainly wouldn’t waste my time to view the TV show you are on. I do take the time to give my opinion of such a mule as yourself.

  22. Mitch says

    Doesn’t say much for the women on the show who, as they got to know him, continued to want to date him. How much of his red-neckery was edited out of the show?

  23. crazycorgi says

    Any stated apology that starts “I apologize to anyone I may have offended” is no sincere apology at all, especially when said statement is written by a PR person. In addition, throwing in the whole, “I have friends who are gay”, is about as insulting as the Klan members who state disingenuously that they have friends who are black. If you truly have gay friends, and you honestly are thankful to have them in your life, you don’t make anti-gay comments regarding said people. We all know the only thing he is really sorry about is the backlash he got from the ABC PR Dept.

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