4 Reasons Juan Pablo Galavis Is The Most Sexist, Slut-Shaming, Hypocritical “Bachelor” Ever

4 Reasons Juan Pablo Galavis Is The Most Sexist, Slut-Shaming, Hypocritical "Bachelor" Ever

Welp, after 18 seasons of “The Bachelor” (and nine seasons of “The Bachelorette”), I think I might be ready to throw in the towel on the entire franchise. I know, what took me so long? “The Bachelor” has always been a satisfying guilty pleasure, but this season, with the casting of Juan Pablo Galavis, I was actually expecting to be a little more emotionally invested. I liked Juan Pablo, based on what little we knew of him from his appearance on the previous season of “The Bachelorette.” But oh, how the sexy has fallen. In addition to revealing in an interview that he’s a big ol’ homophobe in real life, on screen Juan Pablo has turned out to be a big ol’ stinker. And after last night’s episode, I’m finally ready to say that he’s the most sexist, slut-shaming, hypocritical “Bachelor” the show has ever had. Here are just four reasons why.

1. He’s a hypocrite. It’s understandable that Juan Pablo might not yet be interested in making out with every single woman on the show. Some of these “relationships” have grown quicker than others, so it makes sense that the physical affection between them would proceed at a similar pace. But Juan Pablo has consistently used his daughter as the excuse for why he won’t make out with some of the women, while freely swapping spit (and more) with some of the others. It was completely bizarre to watch JP explain to Renee that he doesn’t want his daughter seeing him kiss tons of women on TV, only to shove his tongue down Sharleen, Nikki and Clare’s throats in the very same episode.

2. He’s got a serious Madonna/whore complex. Juan Pablo has been particularly resistant to hooking up with the mothers in the house, Renee and Cassandra, and has expressed an incredibly paternalistic “concern” for the example they’re setting for their children. While he is quick to trot out his daughter Camila as a reason to “behave” when convenient, he’s also said he’s worried about how their children will feel seeing their mommies kissing HIM on TV. With all due respect, it’s Renee and Cassandra’s choice to make, to decide what kind of example they’re setting for their children and whether making out with Juan Pablo on TV is contrary to that example. But given that Juan Pablo is not so worried about the example he’s setting for Camila by flip-flopping on who he’ll kiss and who he won’t, it’s clear to me that JP views the moms in the group with a different level of “purity” than the other women. That’s a big problem.

3. He’s judgmental. Earlier this season, Juan Pablo sent home Victoria for getting too drunk and acting a fool. I don’t blame him, necessarily, for deciding that her drunk and sloppy behavior was a turn-off. But I did take issue with the way he handled her departure, with a heavy-handed focus on what kind of “example” she would be to Camila. Now that a few more episodes have aired, it’s become clear that certain “un-ladylike” infractions will get a woman cut from Juan Pablo’s list of possible step mothers. The problem is that he is sending the women very mixed messages about what he wants in a wife and a mother, probably because of the misogynistic way that he views women in the first place.

4. He’s a slut-shaming asshole. One of Juan Pablo’s strongest “connections” has been with Clare, one of the more mature, if annoying women in the house. On last night’s episode, after a successful one-on-one date, Clare made the bold decision to visit Juan Pablo in the middle of the night, and the two had a hot and heavy frolic in the ocean, which both implied led to sex. It’s not completely clear if Juan Pablo and Clare had sex, but to quote Clare, they “just went for it.” At the rose ceremony a few days later, Juan Pablo took Clare aside, in front of the cameras, to tell her he essentially regretted their little tryst. But instead of taking equal responsibility for their actions, and personal responsibility for the regret he was feeling, Juan Pablo shifted the blame to Clare, implied that she either pressured him or he had no choice. “You wanted to thank me for the day,” he responded when Clare asked why he followed her to the ocean if he didn’t want to. As if Clare has been trying to pay him for the nice one-on-one date they had, and he couldn’t refuse. Having had his cake and eaten it too, Juan Pablo is back to worrying about the example he is setting for Camila — but he also hinted at having reservations about the impression Clare might be making as well. Clare was naturally mortified and undeservedly ashamed, when the only person who should be mortified by their behavior is Juan Pablo, for having sex with a woman, regretting it and then shaming her for both of their action the next day. Clare already had a rose, so she was safe until at least the next episode, but I’m hoping Juan Pablo’s abhorrent behavior has led her to see him in a new light. Clare deserves better. All the women do.

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