‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis’ Anti-Gay Comments Intensify Spotlight on Network Culpability

'Bachelor' Juan Pablo Galavis' Anti-Gay Comments Intensify Spotlight on Network Culpability

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How far should media companies go when one of its stars speaks or behaves in inflammatory or unpopular ways?

“The Bachelor” star Juan Pablo Galavis’ anti-gay statements invoke not-so-distant memories of the uproar over similar anti-gay and racial comments made by “Duck Dynasty” and “Big Brother” stars — even as way, way back as Paula Deen.

And it's not just their apologies we're parsing. The question of television networks’ culpability — and requisite response — has become central to the discussion, too.

In the case of Galavis, ABC speedily condemned his anti-gay statements on Saturday afternoon, calling them “careless, thoughtless, and insensitive.” It had not addressed whether there would be any disciplinary action, or whether the flap would be addressed on the telecast, which completed shooting.

Also read: ABC Condemns ‘Bachelor’ Star Juan Pablo Galavis’ Anti-Gay Comments: ‘Careless, Thoughtless and Insensitive’

A&E cycled through its options during an uproar over Robertson's quotes during an interview for GQ magazine in December. As a result of a public outcry and, as TheWrap reported first, in respect for the feelings of its own employees, A&E first suspended Phil Robertson because of his views on homosexuality, saying they “in no way reflect those of A&E Network.”

Robertson's fans took to petitions en masse asking that A&E rescind the suspension, and the Robertson family presented a publicly united front, saying they couldn't go forward on the network's top-rated show without their patriarch. About a week later, A&E flip-flopped.

“After discussions with the Robertson family,” the network's later statement read, “as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming ‘Duck Dynasty’ later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”

Also read: CBS's Nina Tassler on Whether ‘Big Brother’ Housemates Will Get Smarter

Both situations beg the question: How responsible is a network when one of its stars holds and expresses unpopular or inflammatory opinions?

Earlier this week, CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler addressed a related issue in a Television Critics Association panel in response to one reporter's question, which referenced several racist comments last year, including those by Texas model Aaryn Gries.

“I sit in those auditions and I sit in those interviews and you're talking to people and you get one perspective on their personality,” she said.

Tassler said she was “mortified” by Gries’ comments, noting that they came amid an intense focus on racism because of the Paula Deen “N-word” debate, which cost the host her Food Network show, and the Trayvon Martin case. She went on to say that CBS CEO Les Moonves had also found the “Big Brother” comments “absolutely appalling.”

Also read: Paula Deen Dumped by Food Network After N-Word Admission

She explained that the show's producers interview all the applicants multiple times and run a battery of background checks. The network was assured that “the producers handled it responsibly, dealt with it as well as they could.”

So, what is the responsibility of a network in policing possibly unpopular or inflammatory beliefs from being expressed among its stars? Weigh in below.

  • Jed Clampett

    He is right all fagggots are sick vile child molesters.they are hated in all societies.these rotten scourge of the earth pedaphiles.The truth hurts that they are nasty sexual deviants and will never be accepted for there sick vile ways.

    • JohnMyroro

      Go to school, Jed. Education can set you free.

      • Osiris Munir


        • hupto

          Funny thing: Every gay I've ever met knows how to spell “their.”

          • Kara Thrace

            And it's (the contraction of it is, not the possessive its). DW had a double whammy.

    • KarenAtFOH

      What are you talking about? Put the mirror down and stay away from the neighborhood children.

    • The Master

      You are a pathetic excuse for a human. Your ignorance is appalling. Gay people cannot help the fact that they are gay any more than any person can help what personality they happen to inherit and develop. Get some sense and get back to us. BTW, “Jed Clampett” would not be so mean and vile as you.

    • frank oz

      I still can not believe that there are people out there just as ignorant, hateful, and stupid like you. Agree that everyone is entitle to their opinions, but make sure that before you open your ignorant and narrow-minded mouth, get your facts correct: most or actually all rapist and pedophiles (correct spelling btw) are actually not gay, just in case you did not know. They are straight guys like you, but the difference is the they are mentally sick. Being gay is not a choice just like you did not ask to be both straight and stupid narrow minded human being.

    • don't judge

      To jed c.:
      Clearly you are on some kind of rampage due to your lonely existence! You comment negatively everywhere and with pitiful language.
      You stated gays should go to the middle east, sure, send your woman and your kids also. Those countries in the middle east gang rape, murder and stone women and use children as bullet Shields in their religious”wars”! Str8 people, right huh!
      Either you are a complete child, idiot, racist and practice discrimination as your full time job, or you are using reverse psychology to invite argument!
      Obviously you are unhappy and not in a solid fulfilling relationship! Definitely not getting what you want in bed that's for sure!!
      I think one of the wheels on your house is going flat!!

  • AndyWarhorse

    Why is this crappy show still on the air?

  • dm

    the network – or anyone else – doesn't need to be ‘policing’ anyone's beliefs, whether they deem them popular or not. and the fact is, while his beliefs may be inflammatory to some, they are not unpopular by any means (the article doesn't say how the subject came up, but you can't ask someone about such things, say, in an interview, and then get angry when they state their beliefs and opinions).

  • Madeleine

    I for one am sick to death with the apologies of politicians and those considered vital enough to be covered by the media. For me apologies no longer take the place of thoughtfulness and shutting up when you have nothing smart or funny or truthful to say.

    • Nicks

      Why should he shut up? He's entitled to his opinion even if it conflicts with your own. However, he was asked a question and he answered. He didn't just start volunteering his thoughts. Maybe we should be sick of forced and insincere apologies for every single thing.

      • Scott

        I agree. I want to watch a show where everyone complains about every ethnic group that they hate. Maybe we should start a show called lets Hate. You could be the producer.

  • GaryLA

    Networks should QUIT trying to be politically-correct and not held accountable for other people's never-ending human prejudices and hatreds!!!

  • The Master

    Throw the closet case off the air! Just look at him. I'd be willing to wager a hefty bet that he has had a sample of manlove himself!

  • James

    As a gay man I find his comments disgusting but certainly nothing I haven't heard before. What I find most disheartening is that we accept these insincere apologies that have clearly been written by his handlers and then let them go on some apology tour with GLAAD at their side. This guy is entitled to his opinions but I refuse to accept these PR apologies. I would respect the guy a lot more if he stood by his comments rather than trying to pretend he didn't mean to offend anyone.

  • Andy

    It's an opinion, not the Gospel…are we to assume all gay people are liberals and accepting????

  • DW

    The Gay lifestyle is a choice.Nobody is born that way.God doesn't create people Gay, its there choice.

  • CC

    He should be tossed from the show immediately! Not okay!!!

  • jenni

    don't ask the question if you don't want the answer. These are his beliefs and opinions. You don't have to like them or agree with them. Last I checked we still had freedom of speech!

  • fedup

    BIG FREAKIN DEAL!!! Who cares if anyone is offended by someones personal opinion or belief? The questions are obviously loaded to get reactions like these out of the “targeted demographics”. Everyone is entitiled to their own opinion and or personal belief. If that offends you this day and age… you need to grow up or grow a back bone. In the real world, no one gives a s#!+.

  • KingMidas

    Yes everybody is entitled to their own opinion, so this means everybody that is in this discussion are also just sharing/weighing in their opinions. Though, this doesn't mean your choices/decisions doesn't have consequences. Gay people have a voice too, juan pablo should have known better. it's called being mature and showing professionalism and good sportsmanship.

  • PieMan

    How many times is the media going to spin this turd>>> Get over it they're perverted!!! BWHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAA!

  • Huff puff blow your house down

    Lefties should boycott. They're the only ones left watching garbage the networks churn out anymore anyway. Will be fun to watch it implode…

  • Huff puff blow your house down

    All today's delicate little flowers would never have survived the Archie Bunker days. Grow up!

    • Anonymouse

      All in the Family was satire. Juan Pablo can't even spell the word.

  • NeoKat1

    These dummies are allowed to speak against religion but nobody can express their opinion about homosexuality?? Wtf kind of country is this??

  • Damien Johnson

    Equal rights means equal rights to people with different opinions. To hell with the homosexualised media; no amount of brainwashing can convince all of america that homosexuality is a completely normal, not abominable act.