January 20, 2014 03:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Juan Pablo Galavis elicited quite a bit of criticism the other day, when he expressed anti-gay sentiments in a very awkward interview with TV Page. Now, the Bachelor star is in damage control mode, offering up a profuse apology to GLAAD and the gay Latino community.
Prior to Juan Pablo’s anti-gay response to a question regarding The Bachelor and sexual orientation, it seemed that the reality star could do no wrong. Now, though, it looks like Juan Pablo may not achieve the status of media darling that Sean Lowe so effortlessly captured last season. After all, even if Sean managed to throw people off with his claims of virginity, he never referred to gays as “more pervert, in a sense.”
In hopes of avoiding a Phil Robertson type of spectacle, Juan Pablo quickly responded to the backlash with a sincere apology. In a statement issued to GLAAD, the reality 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…I am a father and I know the feeling of being a father, why wouldn’t I want my gay friends to also be happy parents?”
Juan Pablo added that he was well aware of the discrimination gay and lesbian individuals face on a daily basis. He also expressed his hope that members of the GLBT community would recognize that he’s on their side. Of course, given his earlier ‘pervert’ accusation, we’re not sure how much sway this apology will actually hold.
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