The premise of ABC’s “The Bachelor” is for one man to find love from a group of contestants who apply from around the country. This season stars Juan Pablo, a 32-year old single father to daughter Camila. While in previous seasons, viewers have fallen in love with the bachelor, Juan Pablo has raked in more hatred than allure.
Charged by Bachelor viewers as a homophobe, Juan Pablo was quoted as saying that a gay or bisexual man should not be featured as the bachelor because he “[doesn’t] think it’s a good example for kids to watch that on TV” and added that “they’re more perverts, in a sense”. Bloggers and tweeters were rampant with commentary about this bachelor’s speech. Some conversationalists called the show’s premise, and Juan Pablo’s participation in it, a bad example to kids, as they should not be watching this show at all. The Huffington Post and entertainment publications on the Internet flooded Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter home pages with outraged fans, as some re-tweeted articles with their own commentary:
A self-declared dedicated father, Juan Pablo’s homophobic, derogatory comments are not his only despicable attribute making fans wonder why exactly anyone still wants to be his true love. While the show’s premise may seem innocent enough at first glance, the way that Juan Pablo conducts himself on the show is certainly not. Sean Hayes and his sweetheart Catherine from the previous season would not live together before their marriage, vowing traditional values, an admirable trait. On the other end of the spectrum, Juan Pablo has been anything but wholesome, as he gets very close to many of the women on this season, outraging and deterring fans.
Last week, Juan Pablo got particularly intimate with contestant Clare, and then shamed and ignored her in the following episode. This behavior has further angered fans, and leaves them wondering when exactly all of the fandom and fascination with this hunky Venezuelan will end.
Embarrassing ABC by his remarks, and degrading women left and right, Juan Pablo’s commentary was denounced by ABC and the production company. While negative opinions about Clare have faded, we can rely on Juan Pablo to continue to disappoint and offend with each new episode.