By Devon Delfino, Blog Editor
The latest “Bachelor,” Juan Pablo Galavis, recently released an apology, via Facebook, for his anti-gay comments regarding whether or not there should be a gay bachelor.
His apology begins by asserting that the quote was “taken out of context,” and he then goes on to say, “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.”
But some are not quite convinced. In fact, according to Entertainment Weekly, the network and production company, Warner Horizon, said in a joint 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.”
But what worries me the most, is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be very much backlash. Yes, English is a very difficult language, particularly for those of us who learned it as a second or third language. But I don’t think that’s much of an excuse for Galavis’ comments (where were the P.R. people on this one?).
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the recent Duck Dynasty scandal drew so much attention that Galavis’ comments are a bit overshadowed or didn’t seem as offensive.
But what is the ‘real’ reason behind the statement? Galavis says, “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…”
Personally, the whole structure of reality television is a bit off to me, but, as the saying goes, “sex sells,” So who cares if the “Bachelor” is gay or straight?