Our nation has been rocked to its core! International diplomacy has capsized! Our very worth as human beings is being tested, and we're failing. In case you haven't yet heard, our country's most handsome male specimen, Mr. Juan Pablo Galavis, a.k.a. the Spanish-soccer-star-turned-Bachelor, is in some agua calor for some mouth diarrhea that erupted from his paella-hole on Friday night.
Here's one of the controversial quotes from an interview Juan Pablo gave to TheTVPage, in which he was asked whether The Bachelor should ever feature an openly gay Bachelor:
I respect them, but honestly, I don’t think it's a good example for kids to watch that on TV.
Not only does the statement imply that Juan Pablo thinks it's okay for kids to watch him canoodle with two dozen different women and swap a bunch of spit in the name of finding the right mother for his child, he went on to dig his hole a little deeper:
There's this thing about gay people—it seems to me, you know, I don't know if I'm mistaken or not—I have a lot of friends like that, but they're more pervert in a sense. And to me, the show would be too strong, too hard, to watch on TV.
Juan Pablo! Stop it! Stop talking! Just stop it! You're killing yourself here!
Here's the full audio from the interview:
After uproar ensued online, Juan Pablo himself took to Facebook to apologize:
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.
Juan Pablo Galavis
But that didn't appear to be enough for ABC and Bachelor producer Warner Horizon, as they joined together for 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.
Where do YOU stand on the situation? Personally, I don't think I really put too much stock in the opinion of a reality star, so I'm just going to grab this tub of popcorn and watch the show from afar.
AIRED ON 3/14/2016
Season 20 : Episode 12