It certainly seems like he’s trying to make amends!
The Bachelor’s Juan Pablo Galavis made some incredibly horrible and hurtful comments about gay and bisexual people on Friday night, and now he’s clarifying them.
ABC and the show’s execs were quick to separate themselves from what JP said, and issued their own statement, which read:
"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, the non-native English speaker took to his Facebook to sort out the situation in a heartfelt letter, writing:
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.
Juan Pablo Galavis.”
This is nice of Juan Pablo, but unfortunately he didn’t address some of the other hurtful things he said like how it would be weird to have two dads! Which is still an awful thing to say!
Thankfully, JP is meeting with GLAAD this week, and is addressing the issue of parenting! In another statement to the organization, the reality TV star explained:
"I have heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said and I apologize. I know gay parents and I support them and their families. They are good parents and loving families. I am a father and I know the feel of being a father, why wouldn't I want my gay friends to also be happy parents?
I also want gay and lesbian youth to know that it is fine to be who you are. Gay or straight, Black or White, Latin or American, what matters here is to respect who we are.
I look forward to meeting with gay and lesbian families as well as Monica and Wilson from GLAAD. Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination and I want them to know that I'm on their side."
We hope that really is true because it’s clear that Juan Pablo has some influence in pop culture already!
[Image via Twitter.]
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