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.
So here we have Juan Pablo blaming English being his second language, his comments being taken out of context (even though there is audio), and or course stating that he has “gay friends” to get out of it. One has to wonder what context J.P.G. actually meant to use the word “pervert?” in.
Of course this apology only happened after GLAAD possibly smelling money from ABC reached and some free publicity reached out to J.P.G. and then reported his apology on their website which is totally different than the apology above that Juan Pablo Galavis posted on his Facebook page.
The apology on GLAAD’s website reads:
“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.”
Whats really interesting is if you read the Facebook apology and GLAAD’s version even though they are different don’t even sound like the same person wrote them. Do they?
Did GLAAD help write this apology specifically for their website and release?
Of course Juan Pablo will be meeting in Los Angeles this week with Monica Trasandes, a leads GLAAD’s Latino and Spanish-Language Media Program, and GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz who never met a piece of publicity he didn’t like.
CREDIT: The above J.P.G. meme was created by Scott Wooledge.