February 10, 2014 05:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Several weeks after first causing outrage with a series of anti-gay remarks, Juan Pablo Galavis is still apologizing for the misstep. During a recent appearance on Good Morning America, the Bachelor star blamed the language barrier and pointed to his gay friends as evidence of his lack of homophobia.
Juan Pablo Galavis caused quite the backlash last month, when he referred to gays as “perverts.” But the reality star insists that he holds absolutely nothing against the LGBT community and that, ultimately, the drama was caused by poor translation. This morning, he told Good Morning America, “It’s been hard because, to me, when I speak English…sometimes the words that I used were not interpreted the way that they should be interpreted, or I use a wrong word.”
Clearly, Juan Pablo does not want to be thought of as the next Phil Robertson. But while it’s impossible to confuse him for a bearded Duck Dynasty redneck, many fans of The Bachelor continue to think of his relationship with the LGBT community as less than friendly. Hoping to reverse this negative public perception, the reality star explained, “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 five months.”
If The Bachelor has learned anything from the controversy, it’s that he needs to be more careful with his words — and that he always needs to convey a sense of respect. “It’s not about the color of their skin, their religion. We just got to respect everybody as they are because they were born that way.”
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