NOLA LGBT Community Reacts To The Bachelor’s Anti-Gay Comments
He seems to have it all, looks, ladies, and the opportunity to fall in love, but tonight The Bachelor’s newest bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis is on the defense after saying it’s not a good idea to have a gay or bi-sexual bachelor and using the word “pervert” while talking about the possibility.
“And there’s this thing about gay people that uh, it seems to me you know, I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not. I meant great, you know, I have a lot of friends like that, but they are more pervert in a sense,” says Galavis while speaking to a reporter.
Galavis’ anti-gay comments have been heard around the world. Here in New Orleans many in LGBT community are hurting.
LGBT advocate Rusty Dempsey says, “It’s disappointing. It feels like we take two or three steps forward and then every couple of weeks there’s a step back.”
The bachelor has apologized on Facebook putting the blame on his use of the word “pervert” on the fact that English is his second language. He says he meant gay people are more affectionate and intense and too racy for TV.
For J.C. Romero, who was born and raised in the Crescent City, English is also his second language.
“I was taken back, honestly by the comment. I do think that he meant to use the word pervert and I think that it’s just a stereotype, and I do think that society is ready for a show like this, and I’m really excited when that day does come because I think everyone needs love,” says Romero.
Romero looks forward to the possibility of an all-gay Bachelor and welcomes the dialogue this incident has injected into the public eye.