The Bachelor, a show famous for its unconventional take on romance as a gaggle of desperate ladies seeks the affection of one eligible bachelor, has no room for a gay contestant, according to this season’s current bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis. In a new interview with TV Guide, the Venezuelan star referred to gays as “more pervert in a sense.” The comments came after he was asked whether there is room for a gay bachelor and he responded “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.” The Internet went ablaze with anger towards the first latino bachelor and it didn’t take long for ABC to immediately release a statement distancing themselves from his comments. Galavis 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.