John M. Becker

Do You Accept 'Bachelor' Star's Apology? [Open Thread]

Filed By John M. Becker | January 20, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: ABC, celebrity apologies, dog and pony show, GLAAD, Juan Pablo Galavis, The Bachelor

bachelor-galavis-flowers.jpgWe don't normally do more than one open thread per day here at the Bilerico Project, but so many readers wrote in wanting to talk about the Bachelor fiasco that we decided a suspension of the rules was in order. (Ask and you shall receive!)

First, just in case you missed it: on Friday, reporter Sean Daly asked Juan Pablo Galavis, star of ABC's The Bachelor, if he thought it would be a good idea to have a gay or bisexual man featured on the show in the future. Galavis's response was rather shocking:

"No... I respect them, but honestly, I don't think it's a good example for kids to watch that on TV... Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up. Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples... Two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed... It is confusing in a sense. You have to respect everybody's desires and way of living. But it would be too hard for TV."

To add insult to injury, Galavis awkwardly added that he thinks gay people are "more pervert, in a sense."

What happened next followed the predictable pattern:

  1. Celebrity is (rightly) called out for making homophobic comments (A dude who's famous because he's going to date nearly 2 dozen women at the same time on national TV is calling someone else a bad example?);
  2. Network issues statement distancing itself from said comments;
  3. Outcry continues and new dirt emerges (Florida garnished his wages because he refused to pay child support for two years! What a hypocrite!);
  4. Celebrity apologizes (In this case, he said his comments were "taken out of context" and that he misused the word "pervert" because of his limited English vocabulary);
  5. Celebrity reaches out to GLAAD to make amends (the group reports that Galavis will be meeting with LGBT Latinos and families in L.A. this week).

My question to you is this: how much stock do you put in these kinds of celebrity apologies? Of course they're all different, but on the whole, do you think they're sincere? Or are they just a dog-and-pony show so the celebrity can claim they've made their peace with Teh Gay?

In this case, do you think Juan Pablo Galavis is even remotely sorry for making such disgustingly homophobic comments, or is it all a fa├žade? (For the record, the Spanish word for "pervert" is pervertido. Draw your own conclusions about whether he could have been confused.)

Do you accept Galavis's apology? Sound off below.

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