Juan Pablo Galavis on Gay Bachelors
Season 18 Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis found himself losing a significant chunk of his heartthrob status during an interview with The TV Page, when he was asked about whether it'd be a good idea to have a gay or bisexual Bachelor. The noted ocean-romper said that it just wouldn't be good for all the child-fans of The Bachelor. Wait... what?
“I respect [gay and bi people], but honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV," Juan Pablo said. “[P]eople have their husband and wife and kids, and that is how we are brought up. Now there [are] fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too, in the sense of a household having ... two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed."
But wait, there's more! “There’s this thing about gay people that, it seems to me — and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not. I've met, I have a lot of friends like that — they’re more pervert, in a sense," he continued. "And to me the show will be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.”
Naturally, the comments didn't come without criticism. Even Bachelor host Chris Harrison was quick to distance himself: "I was disappointed in his comments, and they obviously don't reflect my feelings or my thoughts on the subject."
Juan Pablo later apologized for his comments, having "heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said."
"I know gay parents, and I support them and their families," he continued. "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?"