Juan Pablo, say it ain’t so! ‘The Bachelor’ star had some pretty shocking things to say about gay people in a new interview, saying that homosexuality is ‘perverted.’ The comments even have the producers of ‘The Bachelor’ fuming!
Is Juan Pablo Galavis having a Phil Robertson moment? He broke barriers by becoming the first minority to star on The Bachelor, but apparently he’s totally against the show pushing the envelope any further. In a new interview, Juan Pablo unveiled his harsh views on homosexuality and railed against the idea of having a season of The Bachelor involving gay or bisexual people.
Juan Pablo Galavis: Gay People Are ‘More Perverted’
“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” Juan Pablo told The TV Page, making it plain and clear how he feels about homosexuality and that lifestyle. Juan Pablo then tried to elaborate on his feelings, but that only bogged him down more:
Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples… Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed… It is confusing in a sense. But I respect them because they want to have kids. They want to be parents. So it is a scale… Where do you put it on the scale? Where is the thin line to cross or not? You have to respect everybody’s desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV.
The Bachelor star seemed to be trying to appear tolerant, but he only came off as somewhat ignorant and old-fashioned. It didn’t help that he reportedly went on to say that gay people were “more perverted in a sense.”
He ended his comments by asserting that many of his co-workers and friends are gay, but again reiterated that a season of The Bachelor starring a gay leading man would be “too hard to watch.”
Talking about the inappropriate interview, a rep for The Bachelor, ABC, and Warner Horizon Television told HollywoodLife.com, “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.”
Juan Pablo: Should He Be Punished For His Anti-Gay Comments?
Juan Pablo’s comments aren’t exactly on the same level as Phil Robertson’s — after all, he didn’t compare homosexuality to bestiality and say that all gay people are going to hell — but they’re still shocking. He obviously isn’t from the U.S., so we can’t speak on how he was raised, but it does feel like his comments are coming from a place of ignorance and misunderstanding rather than hate. Although that isn’t really enough to absolve him.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are Juan Pablo’s comments totally offensive? Let us know in the comments section below.
— Andrew Gruttadaro