It will be interesting to see if this erupts in to the same kind of controversy that hit Duck Dynasty. I’m sure you remember that Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty made some controversial remarks that caused quite a stir. Now it seems that Juan Pablo Galavis, the current start of ABC’s The Bachelor could be heading down the same road.
In an interview with Sean Page of The TV Page, Galavis was asked whether he thinks ABC should have a gay or bisexual bachelor on the show. His answer? “No. Just ’cause I respect them but, honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV. It’s hard, it’s hard, it’s a very thin line.” Audio of the interview is also available just in case anyone is out there thinking that his views are being taken out of context or that he is being mis-quoted.
Here is the rest of Galavis’ response:
“Obviously, people have their husband and wife and have kids and that’s how we are brought up, now there’s fathers having kids and all that and it’s hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having people’s — two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed. It’s confusing in a sense, but I respect them because they want to have kids, they want to be parents. It’s a scale, where do you put it on the scale where’s the thin line to cross or not. You have to respect everybody’s desires, opinions and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV. There’s this thing about gay people — it seems to me, I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not — I have a lot of friends like that, but they’re more pervert in a sense. Too me, the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.”
If you go and listen to the audio, Juan Pablo makes reference to one of his friends standing nearby who is gay and how much he respects that person. It sounds to me like he is pointing out that he can’t be a racist because some of his best friends are black. These comments made by Galavis should become a pretty big story. They are pretty offensive. I would love to know what Galavis means when he says that “they are more pervert in a sense.”
This story was just released so I haven’t seen any response yet from ABC or producers from The Bachelor. Given what happened to A&E, I would expect there to be some furor over Galavis’ position on gay and bisexual people and rightly so. It will be interesting to see what happens.
How about you? What do you think of Galavis’ response? Does it upset you? Do you think ABC should do something about it? Be sure to let us know.