When Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” put his foot in his mouth with comments about gays and lesbians the audience for the show was quick to come to his defense. Now that season five of “Duck Dynasty” has kicked off, to a ratings decline, the story has faded from the front pages. However Phil isn’t the only primetime star making life hell for the PR agents of Hollywood. Now we have Juan Pablo, the dreamy star of this year’s “Bachelor”, making some inappropriate comments about the lifestyle of gays. Here’s the controversial statement reported by Deadline.com.
…the single dad and a former Venezuelan soccer player was asked whether it would be a good idea to have a gay Bachelor. He was firmly against it. “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not, I have a lot of friends like that, but (gays) are more pervert [sic] in a sense, and to me the show will be too strong, too hard to watch on TV.”
Earth to Juan Pablo, without gay men and the women who shop with them there isn’t a show called “The Bachelor”. This would be like Tom Brady telling middle aged men to stop drinking beer out of a can and painting their faces. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. ABC wasted no time forcing Juan Pablo to take back his comments. They can’t suspend their biggest reality star like A&E did with “Duck Dynasty”. The network put out a statement from Juan Pablo that was totally written by one of their gay PR people.
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.
So fitting to have a guy like Juan Pablo setting the social norms for the rest of us. Good thing he quickly apologized because boy did he not have a leg to stand on. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but do we really need advice on appropriate behavior from a guy who’s spent two years taking off his shirt as he looked for love? If you want an example of behavior children should avoid than look no further than “The Bachelor”. No one wants their daughters acting that desperate on TV or their sons wasting years of their life for reality TV.
Once again if you are on TV, keep your opinions to yourself.