UPDATED: ABC and production company Warner Horizon released a joint statement, distancing themselves from Juan Pablo’s remarks:
“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.”
And Juan Pablo issues an apology via his Facebook:
“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.”
DANG. I CALLED IT!!!! He blames his foot in mouth on his terrible English. No dice, Juan. You were still describing LGBT relationships as not normal or worthy of being depicted on TV. Even an asinine reality show like The Bachelor.
The latest season of The Bachelor has only been airing on ABC for a couple of weeks, and there’s already controversy. Current Bachelor, Juan Pablo said, in an interview with Sean Daly of the TV page, that he’s against having a gay or bisexual version of the show. Oh, and he also called gays “perverted.”
“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he told TV Page.
“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.”
Juan should have left it at that, but then he continued, “There’s this thing about gay people…it seems to me…I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not, but–I met great…I have a lot of friends…but they’re more pervert [sic] in a sense, to me. The show will be too strong, too hard, to watch on TV.”
Juan sure has a way with words, doesn’t he? He’ll probably blame his stupid remarks on his shitty English. Not that it will help.