‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis doesn’t believe gay people should be on TV


I don’t think I’ve ever watched an entire episode of The Bachelor, or The Bachelorette for that matter. To me, those people are so bland. Sometimes I’ll see the women and men in magazine spreads or blogs, and they all blur together. Just an endless parade of completely average people, and inevitably I think, “Ah, I understand why you’re single. No one would be able to pick you out of a line up.”

So, this season’s “Bachelor” is Juan Pablo Galavis. He’s Venezuelan, a single father to a 4-year-old daughter and he was a soccer player. That’s basically all I know about him. So, Juan Pablo was doing some press at one of the ABC press-upfronts/parties and he let it slip that he thinks gay people are perverts who shouldn’t be allowed on television. Basically. Here are his original comments:

TV ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis is having a DUCK DYNASTY moment. The former Venezuelan soccer star said Friday night that he would be 100 percent opposed to having a cycle of the reality dating show feature an openly gay or bisexual bachelor.

“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he told me while promoting the show at a network party in Pasadena, Calif.

“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.”

“I have a lot of friends like that, but they’re more pervert in a sense. To me, the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.”

[From The TV Page]

Yes, heaven forbid network television show a realistic depiction of a gay couple raising children. Oh, wait, doesn’t ABC (The Bachelor’s home network) air Modern Family, where Mitch and Cameron are raising their adopted daughter and it’s one of the most beloved sitcoms on air right now? Still, heaven forbid that network television show anything that’s not heteronormative and keeping with good Christian values, like a single father banging a revolving door of drunk women within a three-week period for ratings, money and fame. FAMILY FIRST.

So, ABC, The Bachelor executive producers and Warner Horizon Television issued a statement together shortly after Juan Pablo’s comments went wide: “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.” Then Juan Pablo went to his Facebook and issued his own clarifying statement:

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.

[From Juan Pablo’s Facebook]

Huh. I’m not really sure if this makes it any better. I’m perfectly willing to give him a pass on the “pervert” thing – that could honestly be a second-language issue, like he might have meant to say “it’s perverse” maybe? But his explanation of what he really meant – “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” – is still a negative stereotype. I believe he probably does have gay friends, but it seems like he does believe that his gay friends – and the gay community in general – is way too sexual, flamboyant and intense to be depicted on heteronormative network TV. So judgy, Juan Pablo.


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  1. don't kill me i'm french says:

    I don’t believe the stupid or ignorant peoples should be on tv

  2. Sixer says:

    In short: you can be gay, as long as nobody SEES. Nice.

  3. Dani2 says:

    Who the f-ck is this guy? And who still watches “The Bachelor” in 2014?

    • blue marie says:

      No clue, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full episode. If not for People magazine I’d have no idea who any of them are, don’t really care what they think.

    • Mika says:

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Leah says:

      Oh people still watch it, if my Facebook is any indication. I grew up with one of the girls who is a contestant this season so I watched the first half of the first episode and then gave up. It’s just so…contrived. And the women are looney tunes. 👎

      • Deehunny says:

        Well it’s all preprogrammed and fake if it makes you feel better. If it’s not live, it’s scripted for the most part.

    • Trillion says:

      Yeah, and his statement that children shouldn’t “watch that” on tv made me wonder if children even watch hetero dating shows. Do they? Nothing would bore me faster as a child, personally.

  4. Hannah says:

    “Still, heaven forbid that network television show anything that’s not heteronormative and keeping with good Christian values, like a single father banging a revolving door of drunk women within a three-week period for ratings, money and fame. FAMILY FIRST.”

    THIS is what’s called “hitting the nail on the head!” Right on, Kaiser!

    • lucy2 says:

      Seriously! This show is supposed to lead to marriage, something people with “family values” tend to hold very sacred, yet it’s treated like a game show prize. Everyone is drunk, declaring their love for someone they just met, and being petty and fighting to win some lame dude prize.
      Kids shouldn’t be watching that nonsense, regardless of the orientation of the contestants. I can’t believe he doesn’t see they hypocrisy in that.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I totally agree. I think this show and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire are the most vulgar, materialistic, jaded and repulsive shows on television. Who is this idiot to talk about values and what you should teach your children?

      • Rachel says:

        “Everyone is drunk, declaring their love for someone they just met, and being petty and fighting to win some lame dude prize.”

        It’s basically high school…

      • mayamae says:

        I’m not sure how the show started out, but currently it’s cast with actor wannabes, and those whoring for other reality shows. Also, the reality game show Bachelor Pad draws exclusively off of The Bachelor/Bachelorette cast, so many go on the show in the hopes of being cast on The Bachelor Pad.

        What pisses me off about the situation is the irresponsibility of ABC. They really push these bachelors/bachelorettes as a brand. They cast them on Dancing with the Stars, call them members of the ABC family, etc. Why don’t they spend five minutes actually talking to these fools and discovering their values and opinions?

    • AmyB says:

      I completely agree @Hannah…Kaiser that was brilliant 🙂 haha!! What a hypocrite this guy is. Yes, the definition of high moral ground is going on a reality TV show that has the resemblance of a game show to find a “wife” or true love. I am so sick and tired of these ignorant people on reality TV (think Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty) that think because they are on television, that somehow gives them a platform to reveal their political views. I for one, do not give a s@$t!! And what really gets my blood boiling is the reaction (or lack of one) from the networks. ABC will no nothing about this, just as A&E did nothing about Phil Robertson. God forbid they derail their money train!!

      It was pretty tough, but I think Bachelor Juan Pablo out-dbags all of his predecessors; this is quite the accomplishment JP Congrats!!

      • Mairead says:

        One where -for the equally uninitiated – they basically shift (make out) and indulge in a bit of moderate to heavy petting until they choose their one-true-person-to-be-attached-to-until-the-end-of-the-airing-or-a-spot-on-a-celeb-dance-show-whichever-comes-first.

        You toe that moral line Mr. Single Dad! (I say that as not so long ago they wouldn’t countenance letting a single man on tv acknowledge that he was an unmarried father)

  5. Nighty says:

    Definitely, there are two infinite things , the universe and human stupidity, but I’m not sure about the first one… Oh God… Now in my country, the Government wants to make a referendum on co- adoption by gay people… So, they are allowed to get married, one of them can adopt a child, but the other cannot coadopt… Having 2 mothers or 2 fathers is not correct??? Oh society, society, we still have a long way to go…

  6. Tania says:

    Wow. What a catch. LOL

  7. Shijel says:

    Well shit, Shijel doesn’t believe Juan Pablo Galavis should be on TV, either, and yet, there he is and I’ll just have to deal.

  8. Hope says:

    It kinda sounds like he was trying to say he thinks gay people are more open about sex and sexuality, like they’re more sexual people and that would be too much for television? I’m not defending the guy by any means. But it’s not hard to tell from the rest of the interview that he doesn’t have the best grasp on the English language. The bad word choice aside, the guy is obviously narrow-minded.

    • Darcy says:

      I get that he probably didn’t mean the pervert comment, but his clarification was so bad because it’s pretty prejudiced to say that gay people are more open about sex or sexual. In my experience, that’s just not the case. I’m betting ABC is really wishing right now that they put this guy through more media training.

    • sapphoandgrits says:

      His “clarification” is just as bad: LGBT people are sex fiends who can’t control themselves in polite company.

  9. Jackie says:

    I really hate the “But my best friend is _____” line. Some friend he must be.

  10. Micah says:


  11. Assistant Rachel says:

    You mean women are actually competing for this idiot on a TV show? Yikes…

  12. Nev says:

    Just cancel the show already.

  13. Helvetica says:

    Wouldn’t it be funny if he is gay? 🙂

  14. ToodySezHey says:

    Why is this even a story? He cares what some closeted reality show twink thinks?

    Between this story and Kim and Kanye Mess, my Give o Fugg meter needs to be recalibrated, cuz the bytch wont go above negative 0.

    (yes I know there is no such number, but Im being dramatic, so let me be great)

  15. QQ says:

    Venezuelan?? Ah Of course now everything makes sense… *sigh* Makes me kinda thrilled i left home before i had to pick out of the puppy runts with elevated thoughts such as these, but also How rich of the guy trying to get it on with 25 women at the same time. To cast aspersions and so on. Gross

  16. doofus says:

    right, because shows that concentrate on hetero “relationships”, like Rock of Love and Jersey Shore, are MUCH MORE moral, tame, and classy.

  17. Jennifer12 says:

    I don’t watch TV, and reality TV is at the bottom of the food chain. People need to stop giving these famewhore morons a forum and this guy needs to be kicked to the curb. He marginalized people, so now he’s making sure to remind people he is a (blond, blue eyed) minority? Please. Please go ahead and continue to showcase how straight people are superior by running through a band of strangers to find a wife in 3 weeks, a potential stepmother for your child in less than a month. Klassy.

  18. Tiffany says:

    The thing is if they did an all male The Bachelor and/or and all female The Bachelorette, I would watch it. I am all for all orientations making fools of themselves on TV 🙂

  19. sapphoandgrits says:

    His “clarification” is just as bad: LGBT people are sex fiends who can’t control themselves in polite company.

    And, I sincerely doubt he has any gay friends. He may know some LGBT people, but that’s about it.

    Plus, being on “The Bachelor” gives you absolutely ZERO moral authority on “proper values.”

  20. littlestar says:

    So someone who willingly is on a REALITY show, watched by millions of people, about dating 25 women at the same time, several of which he will likely have sex with (Bachelor producers have confirmed that the Bachelors usually end up sleeping with several women while the show is on), thinks gay people are perverted?

    Yeah. Okay there.

  21. Rossomalpelo says:


  22. I Choose Me says:

    “Still, heaven forbid that network television show anything that’s not heteronormative and keeping with good Christian values, like a single father banging a revolving door of drunk women within a three-week period for ratings, money and fame. FAMILY FIRST.”

    I love you Kaiser. That is all.

  23. sputnik says:

    yeah, i think we all need a morality lesson from the guy auditioning women. only the truly holy go on tv shopping for a bride.

  24. Lori says:

    And this is why I avoid reality shows. I don’t need to know that this is what people are really like.

  25. QQ says:

    Fun related question for yall: this got me thinking, that if I ended up or anything with a guy spouting homophobic shit like that I’d put my clothes on and block them digits SO FAST, which tangentially led me to think about my OkCupid Profile (thus far found a good one so i might Shut it for a bit!) What are your non negotiables on dudes?

    Like, I can’t really deal with homophobes or religious or those secret woman hater types too traditional or too vanilla syrupy types, on a more superficial note I think the gym rats (pretty as though they might be! Is a drag to go out with a man whinning about sodium intake or carbs!) and shorties are not for me either

    • Lori says:

      rage issues for me……..you know the guys that get overly ragey about the tiniest little things. Someone cuts them off in traffic, waitress gets their drink wrong etc. etc.

      • QQ says:

        Oh YES! Rageaholics, the guys that don’t know how to disagree without being gross and then wanna call it “being passionate” BOO!

    • yolo112 says:

      Call me a dirty bird, but I’m just gonna say it…bedroom performance. It’s not a race, or a show…or a rodeo.. some things can be taught or modified but some habits are…unfortunate. And I can’t deal with that…lol… but I also agree with everything else ya’ll said too.

    • Leila in wunderland says:

      My dealbreakers:

      .He can’t blatantly slut-shame. I have very specific rules and ways of testing this in a relationship. Depending on the situation, I may be willing to work with someone who I find slut-shaming in a subtle, unintentional way, but ONLY if he shows a willingness to learn the error of his ways through education. What I call sensitivity training.

      .He can’t believe in any way that women are supposed to be submissive in relationships.
      . He can’t be racist.
      . He can’t be even a teensy bit homophobic.
      . He can’t be a victim-blamer.
      . He can’t be a republican or social conservative.
      . He can’t be a jerk (so I will watch the way he treats everyone).

      Most other things I can either work through, or I have to get to know a person better in order to find out about. The things above are easier to test.

  26. Boxy Lady says:

    I am figuring he meant a version of The Bachelor with all gay contestants would be too racy for network TV since the current is already rather racy.

  27. Janet says:

    Ten will get you 20 this jerk is in the closet.

  28. Fan says:

    Guys will be guys. They say crazy things at times.

  29. yolo112 says:

    While I don’t necessarily agree with him, I don’t disagree with him either. If you watch the show, his English really sucks and sadly, it’s an improvement over last season..lol…he could have/should have worded that all VERY differently. I mean, just take a second and really think about people in general. It’s true that great strides have been made to recognize the LGBT community, but there’s still a lot of unspoken resistance as well. It’s hard enough watching 25 grown ass women vying for one mans attention on a “reality” TV show, I imagine it would be very uncomfortable for someone with issues towards gender equality to see a dating show with 25 guys going after one man. I don’t think it would have anything to do with ‘gays being more affectionate’, more so it just being something that would be too much for people to see….like they accept the idea of people being gay, they just don’t want to see it for real. Modern Family could be explained by the fact that it’s not a “real” show and they’re never really affectionate with each other. It’s one thing to watch some guys playing a part, it’s totally different to watch real gay men making out and having drunken pool parties and such. And before anyone jumps on my ass, just know my cousin is bi and I dated a guy with 2 moms for 6 years. I don’t have any issues with who loves who as long as it’s done wholeheartedly.

    • sapphoandgrits says:

      It’s not our responsibility to not offend bigots.

      I also fail to see how a same-sex version of “The Bachelor” would be any sleazier or distasteful than an opposite-sex version.

      • yolo112 says:

        Oh no, I never said anything about a same sex version being sleazier!! The whole concept of the show in general is sleazy.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        The same sex version of the show would be just as sleazy—that’s the kind of people that are attracted to it, gay or straight.

        On a side note–when I want to see two dudes make out, I watch Daniel Day Lewis in ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’—HOT. Best love scene I’ve ever seen—especially when Johnny took a swig of champagne, had Omar open his mouth, and let it drip from his mouth. I won’t admit how many times I rewound to that part. 😉

        *drools, unashamed, at aforementioned part*

    • Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

      “It’s one thing to watch some guys playing a part, it’s totally different to watch real gay men making out and having drunken pool parties and such.”

      But it’s more ok to watch a heteronormal couple do it.
      Sorry, you should start considering the fact that you are a bigot, and don’t realize it. Even if you dated someone who had gay parents (WTF is that supposed to prove, anyway?)

      • yolo112 says:

        Oh get over yourself and stop name calling. I’m in no way a bigot. I never said the hetero version of what happens on the show is or should be acceptable. If you would have read what I wrote instead of running to the comment section to name call, and taken a minute to think about what I said, I’m speaking about how others MIGHT view things. My point about my personal experiences, including my own family, means I’ve been around LGBT relationships my whole life so I’m used to it, desensitized, however you want to put it. Buuuuut. I’m a bigot, so wth do I know…lol

  30. Katy says:

    I like the line “no one could pick you out of a line up.” Very accurate.

    Also, I have to say that this guy is one of the most bland, uninteresting, least attractive (physically and personality-wise) bachelor I’ve ever read about (I don’t watch this crap show either, but he seems very boring and dull).

  31. Funcakes says:

    He should keep quite and just look pretty.

  32. TQB says:

    Rule of Thumb: if you feel the need to resort to “I have [insert offended class/race/creed] friends!” you are just digging the hole deeper.

  33. Fan says:

    Why didn’t they ask him first before hiring him?

  34. NewWester says:

    I bet he is so far in the closet, he would be considered drywall

  35. Stephy says:

    You mentioned that Modern Family is on ABC. The Fosters (great show) is on ABC Family. It is about an interracial lesbian couple raising a house full of foster children. I really doubt ABC has an issue with showing homosexuality. This guy though . . . eww. I cannot believe women are competing for him. Also, how is this show in anyway not too much for kids? Who in their right mind finds true partners like this?

  36. Lauraq says:

    To be honest, all my gay friends are very flamboyant and make no bones (lol) about having sex in gay clubs or the men’s locker rooms. That probably says more about the kind of people who want to be my friend than the gay community at large though. I love them anyways, even though I’m religious and don’t necessarily condone those kind of things.