Lost In Translation: "The Bachelor"'s Juan Pablo Galavis Blames Language Barrier For Homophobic Remarks
"The Bachelor" star has come out with an apology, more or less.
Another strange story has come out of that beacon of complex thought and tolerance – the bachelor. After Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis raised some eyebrows with what sounded like a strongly homophobic remark (“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”), he has now issued an apology on (where else?) Facebook.
Galavis sparked mild outrage with his comment on Friday.
According to TV Guide, who first published the story, Galavis blames what he considers just a minor misunderstanding on the language barrier, saying: “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," Galavis wrote. "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.”
It could be said that this sounds like Galavis is still perpetuating stereotypes, but the Venezuelan footballer maintains that he has nothing against people of different sexual orientations being together and the legalization of gay marriage. He even said so in the original sound bite. Sort of.
Galavis himself blames it on the language barrier.
“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.”
Earlier in the weekend, ABC condemned Galavis’ problematic remarks in the following 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."
I WONDER how many people UPSET/DISSAPOINTED at me SPEAKS another LANGUAGE...— Juan Pablo Galavis™ (@JuanPaGalavis) January 19, 2014