The first Latin Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis is doing some damage control this weekend after accusing gays of being “pervert.”
In an interview with The TV Page, the former Venezuelan soccer player was asked what he thought about a gay bachelor, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids” … and then said gay people are “more pervert in a sense.”
After word got out on the Internet, ABC, The Bachelor Executive Producers and Warner Horizon Television responded with this 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.”
Then, Juan Pablo took to Facebook to explain himself.
“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.”
Now, next week Juan Pablo will be meeting with Wilson Cruz and other staffers at GLAAD for sensitivity training in hopes of using him to educate other Latin Americans.