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Juan Pablo Galavis Says No to Gay Bachelor, Quickly Apologizes

Juan Pablo

Originally posted at BIG Hollywood

Apparently, nobody informed ABC’s latest Bachelor, the soccer-playing single dad from Venezuela, that it’s not a good idea for a reality show star to express anti-gay sentiments in a taped interview.

This time the “gay” question came from Sean Daly of TV Page.

Sean asked Juan Pablo Galavis something that has probably crossed the mind of many a fan of ABC’s The Bachelor and Bachelorette reality shows: Will there ever be a gay, lesbian or bisexual Bachelor (or is it Bachelors?) or Bachelorette(s)?

Daly must have figured he’d make a name for himself by stirring up a little Phil Robertson-Duck Dynasty action with a hot-potato Gay Bachelor question posed to the painfully forthright guy with the blue eyes. Galavis quickly responded, and along with one or two perfunctory “I respect them” disclaimers, did not hesitate to answer that he felt a Gay Bachelor would not be a “good example for kids.”

It was only a matter of time before someone suggested it was discriminatory to deprive the LGBT community of equal time to find the love of their life amongst a bevy of like-minded gay singles looking for love on primetime TV.

During the interview, Galavis told Daly that he was brought up in a traditional family where children had a mother and a father. “Now,” Galavis said in non-native English, “there’s fathers having kids and all that and it’s hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having people’s–two parents sleeping in the same bed and the kid going into bed.”

Galavis’ traditional opinion seems to be that it might be confusing for children to have Daddy and Daddy tuck them into bed and then go sleep together like a Mommy and Daddy. He also said that regardless of how confusing or peculiar he thinks it is for ‘Heather to have two Mommies,’ he does respect and understand, regardless of sexual orientation, the desire to be a parent.

Still, he is apparently uncomfortable with the concept of Adam asking Steve, “Will you accept this rose?”

Without adequate English skills to explain why he feels the way he does about a gay Bachelor, Galavis attempted to be polite and acknowledged that even if you don’t agree, “You have to respect everybody’s desires, opinions and way of living,” which is true.

In essence, he was being diplomatic by implying that ABC would be crossing that “thin line” if The Bachelor had a season that featured two men on a one-on-one date getting acquainted in a hot tub, or two women spending the night in the Fantasy Suite.

Galavis candidly admitted that “To me, the show would be too strong, too hard to watch on TV,” which was just a another way of expressing what Robertson said when he loosely discussed male/female anatomical differences with GQ and pointed out that he thought gay sex was “not logical.”

The problem is that Galavis should have also stopped at the “thin line,” where what he said could still be interpreted as being well within the bounds of expressing a personal view in a courteous manner.

Instead, he blurted this jaw-dropping assessment: “There’s this thing about gay people–it seems to me, I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not–I have a lot of friends like that, but they’re more pervert in a sense.”

Rushing to allay the fallout that quickly followed, the Bachelor took to Facebook to issue a formal apology. He claimed his comments were taken out of context and blamed the misunderstanding on his awkward English, since it’s not his first language.

The remorseful Bachelor explained, “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.”

Thank God Galavis didn’t attempt to share, in his broken English, what he thought might take place back at the Bachelor pad while bored gay guys waited for the Bachelor to return from a group date.

But despite the apology, LGBT fans will probably boycott the season finale when the painfully honest Latino dreamboat with the Spanish accent gets down on one knee and pops the question.

ABC, which airs The Bachelor, called Galavis’ comments “careless, thoughtless and insensitive,” which means the network could consider rectifying the situation with a Gay or Bisexual Bachelor.

Either way, it’s likely too late for Galavis, because his poor command of English has now earned the handsome heterosexual soccer player an official spot in the Vladimir Putin/Phil Robertson Homophobe Hall of Shame.


Blooming Obama Apologist: Richard Gere

Originally posted at BIG Hollywood

Actor/activist/committed Buddhist and Dalai Lama devotee Richard Gere showed up again on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about “religious freedom and human rights” in Tibet, Burma and North Korea.

Why Richard Gere would be considered an authority on any subject besides the tango is a mystery to those who’ve had the opportunity to hear the man speak without a script. Then again, “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria does intermittently “brainstorm” with the President on Border security issues.

Following his gripping testimony, Gere was approached by a reporter and asked: “Has President Obama, in your mind,” – which is where it gets tricky – “been tough enough on China regarding human rights?”

On occasion Richard has been known to criticize Obama for treating his holiness the Dalai Lama dismissively. Like for example the time the esteemed Tibetan monk was secretly escorted in the dead of winter out the back door of the White House and forced to maneuver in flip-flops around White House garbage bags.

This time, appearing flattered to be asked another question from someone seeking further insight from his vast pool of expertise, Gere, without mentioning China’s “Paramount Leader” Hu Jintao being feted like royalty at a state dinner, said “No, no, he [Obama] has a ways to go.  I think he’s finding his way of how forceful to be.”


Responding to reporter Nicholas Ballasy’s question about Obama’s handling of China, the self-appointed Tibetan expert expounded on Barry’s growth when dealing with the Chinese saying “I think he’s also finding out … you have to be very frontal.” With Weinergate and all, maybe ‘frontal’ was a poor choice of words.

Nevertheless, in addition to human rights and religion, Richard proceeded to deliver an impromptu didactic exposition on Chinese foreign policy telling Ballasy: “You have to be very clear. You have to be unconfused and you must be very strong. I think he’s getting there, but he could be stronger, yes.”

Zen master Gere, a 30-year insight meditation expert, then defended Barry’s private stance on China and said with full confidence, “I know what his own private feelings are – those are clear.” It’s no secret that Obama has been hard-hitting with the Chinese, like the time he asked Herbie Hancock to entertain at the state dinner instead of Beyoncé.

Either way, the reporter pressed on and asked Richard Gere if, despite criticisms, “Are you supportive of [Obama’s] job performance overall?” Without wavering Gere responded, “Yeah, overall, really I think he’s done an extraordinary job.  I think he’s going to go down probably as one of our great presidents.”

Ballasy requested the actor clarify his statement: “What specifically are you supportive of that he’s done?”

Richard, shadowed by a “Pretty Woman” in a hijab, answered Nicholas’ question while leaning over and appearing to tie his shoe. As he bent down, the actor’s snow-white head testified to the source of Richard Gere’s prajna.

Soft-spoken while haltingly thoughtful, Richard lauded Obama’s ability “to juggle.” The tranquil star said, “Let’s think of all of the problems that he’s had in his presidency. You know natural disasters, or international issues, domestic. He has found a way to change and flow to learn from every situation.”

Having had a rare opportunity to tap into a wellspring of liberal wisdom, Ballasy missed a perfect opportunity to find out when Barack learned to juggle and how exactly a person ‘changes and flows to learn.’

According to Richard Gere, Obama is a man who “puts himself out there personally constantly. He’s a good listener” and “He engages on a personal level almost every day” – a portrayal that sounds like Barack would make a perfect contestant on the “The Bachelor.”

From the sound of things, the Dalai Lama mentee must have been living the monastic life in Tibet, because the star of “Chicago” seems to believe that since Obama took office, “We’re coming out of this terrible economic crisis, [and] turning the corner on” what Gere oddly described as “terrorist situations.”

Richard Tiffany Gere’s short soliloquy on Barack’s life journey ended with a comment that even the Dalai Lama, who called for “democracy to flower” in China, would have trouble deciphering.  With the Buddhist lotus blossom inspiring another poetic analogy, in all seriousness, Gere said, “I think [Barack’s] engagement with the Chinese is starting to flower now. The strength within him is starting to emerge. I think he’s doing a terrific job.”

The actor was so caught up in showering Obama with undeserved flattery, he forgot a fundamental Buddhist principle: Don’t believe anything without thinking first. Based on the Tibetan activist’s rambling comments about the President’s blossoming job performance, the “Final Analysis” is that thinking may be the one remaining tenet of the Noble Eightfold Path that Richard Gere has yet to master.

American Thinker: December 7, 2009 ‘Absolutely!’ Wrong


Originally posted at American Thinker

Watching reality TV is a guilty pleasure.  It can also be a cultural and political learning experience.  Take for instance, when Jason Mesnick was the lucky man on The Bachelor.  It was during that season that a star was born.  No, not the adorable little Ty Mesnick—it was the word “absolutely.”

On the show, former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader and Bachelorette Melissa Rycroft, incessantly used the word “absolutely.”  Jason would ask her, “Will you accept this rose?” Melissa would reply, “Absolutely.” Jason would grab her hand and ask, “Can I steal you?” Melissa’s response, “Absolutely!”

Melissa said the word absolutely so often that she became known at our house as “The Absolutely Girl!”  After awhile it was obvious that it was absolutely impossible for Melissa to get through a sentence without saying the word absolutely, which became absolutely annoying on many levels.

Yet, in the wider world, if you paid attention it was obvious that “absolutely” had become the new “totally.”   It was the word of the day making its way into the vernacular, replacing old favorites like “I hear ya,” “awesome,” and “dude!”  Everyone from the IT guy at work to the girl behind the deli counter became “absolutely” positive about everything from running a database to putting cream cheese on bagels.

Absolutely is such an emphatic statement that who can argue with it?  The word smacks of surety, self-confidence, assurance and control.  However, in a world where no one is sure whether the future holds nuclear annihilation or whether they’ll be handed a pink slip next week — absolutely, quite frankly, seems inappropriate and out of place.

One has to wonder how something so small and simple can become so pervasive that every question asked is answered with “absolutely.”  It’s a pandemic.   Absolutely has become an H1N1-style national vocabulary emergency where a vaccine is needed to get people to stop or at least stop it from spreading any further.

What is it that makes people mimic other people to the point where they become mindless androids? If it’s so easy to get millions to use a word just by saying it over and over again isn’t it also a simple task to manipulate minds to believe what is false?  That is how politicians work their way into the brain.  They say same thing over and over again until the public accepts a lie in place of the truth.

Take for example the last election where what started as innuendo morphed into full-blown brainwashing. Obama and his minions wormed their way into the America brain.  They “absolutely” used the repetitive method to get into the electorates head to the point that people are now convinced George W. Bush is dumb and Barack Obama is a genius. Indoctrination was in full display on websites like Kid’s IQ Test Center – who realized if you say something, even if you can’t prove it, there is the hope it will absolutely go viral and infect the culture.

Barack Obama’s estimated IQ score range is 130 to 148 and quite possibly higher. However, nowhere on the Internet can anyone locate Obama’s IQ score. His college transcript from Harvard is not available and I cannot locate his college GPA, his SAT score, or his LSAT score, or any other tangible evidence of his IQ score.

Barack Obama is a genius all right! During the election hope and change became buzzwords.  Obama managed to inspire a nation to the point of being absolutely convinced we needed something no one even understood – it was absolutely brilliant! Everyone stormed the cattle car clamoring to get onboard having no idea where they were headed or what to expect upon arrival.

And lets not forget the ever faithful left-wing media using repetition to catapult someone with absolutely no experience whatsoever into the highest office in the land.  Say, “Polly wants a cracker” long enough and before you know it…even Polly thinks she wants a cracker. Now America has elected someone so unqualified that his presence in the position of Commander-in-Chief is as out of place as the word “absolutely” is at the end of a sentence uttered from the newspaper boy when asked if he has change of a dollar.

Nevertheless, the President is smart enough to know the drill.  He has undertaken the herculean effort of mentioning himself thousands of times in speeches. In due time, every question formerly answered with “absolutely” will be henceforth answered with “Obama” whether applicable or not.

This monotonous method has proven so successful America has been transformed into a nation absolutely persuaded. Take for instance the claim that the stimulus worked and jobs were saved.   Pundits repeated the lie as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in 40 years.  Did the stimulus work? Absolutely!

Or, how about the one that the majority of Americans favor the public option– while 87% claim they are happy with what they have?  Huh?  Will we have a public option in a bill by the end of the year? According to the Melissa Rycroft’s in the Democratic Party, absolutely!

Obama and his policies are decimating the economy, the private sector, our standing in the world community and our national security.  The appointment of his czars can be likened to an unadulterated shredding of Constitutional balance of power.  Yet, Obama remains absolutely committed to razing health care, denying troops in Afghanistan reinforcements and making short work of capitalism, free enterprise and democracy.  The Absolute Leader of the Free World is presently the proprietor of political and social pandemonium.  We might as well have the indecisive, befuddled Jason Mesnick in the Oval Office.

When The Bachelor asked Melissa to marry him she was absolutely enthralled and replied, “Absolutely!”  Two weeks later he dumped her.  How could Melissa have missed the fact that Jason was absolutely in love with Molly Malaney?

Even though we are on the precipice of absolute disaster — there are still those unlikely suspects who are absolutely convinced Obama is doing a great job. The truth is Obama’s popularity is dropping, faster than Jason Mesnick jettisoning Melissa from a sordid love triangle.

Miss Rycroft ecstatically accepted the final rose, slipped the ring on her finger and said, “Yes” to a marriage proposal.  The whole time she remained absolutely oblivious to the fact that Jason wasn’t the man she thought he was. Absolute chaos, humiliation and turmoil followed a devastated “Absolutely Girl” for weeks afterward…sort of like a nation that finds out too late that Barack Obama was absolutely the wrong person for the job.

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