The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis has gotten himself into hot water for saying that there shouldn't be a gay Bachelor. Now, he is apologizing for his remarks, and he's using the classic "taken out of context" defense.
On January 17, Juan Pablo was asked at an event whether there should ever be a gay or bisexual Bachelor. "No," Juan Pabs replied, adding, "I don’t think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV." He also said that gay people are "more pervert, in a sense."
Today, Juan Pablo issued a statement to explain what he meant. "I want to apologize to all the people I may have offended because of my comments on having a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor," Juan Pablo says. "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 five months," he continues. "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," Juan Pablo says. "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."
This follows ABC having released a statement addressing the controversy: "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."
Do you accept Juan Pablo's apology? And do you think that his comments were taken out of context and misinterpreted?
Source: TV Line