The coveted (dreaded?) Chancletazo of the Week will be awarded to that individual or individuals who have earned the honor of an old school, Latina Mom-style bit of attitude adjustment. This will be a semi-regular feature of the blog and will only be awarded to those who truly MERIT a Chancletazo.
(Okay, occasionally it will be awarded to someone who just has that face that makes you instantly want to smack upside the head with a flip-flop. )
The winner of our inaugural Chancletazo is none other than the “muy macho” Venezuelan reality TV star, and baby-daddy with apparent commitment issues, Juan Pablo Galavis. Juan Pablo has proven to be the most openly disliked contestant ever on ABC’s hit series “The Bachelor”. For the uninitiated, “The Bachelor” is a dating game show hosted by Chris Harrison. The series revolves around a single bachelor and a pool of romantic interests that may include a potential wife for the bachelor. Each week the women are eliminated until one “lucky” contestant is left standing.
After being eliminated from the spinoff series “The Bachelorette” Juan Pablo was chosen as Season 18’s Bachelor with much fanfare. He was the first ethnic bachelor on the show and the publicity push was huge.
Mr. Galavis earned his Chancletazo by repeatedly courting controversy over the course of the TV season. He opposed the idea of the show featuring an openly gay bachelor, saying, “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV” and that gay people are “more pervert in a sense.” That little bit of homophobia earned him a rebuke from the network.
A few months later the soccer playing Romeo thought he’d share his more enlightened views on the intellectually disabled by retweeting multiple offensive posts that poked fun at the mentally challenged on his Twitter feed. Just so his position was crystal clear, Juan Pablo made sure to post how hilarious he thought it all was.
What did become clearer with every episode of “The Bachelor” was that Juan Pablo’s reputation for caring more about himself than the women vying for a red rose every week was absolutely true. And as if to prove that point his parting comment to one of the finalists was “I love f—ing you but I don’t know you.”
Juan Pablo Galavis, the very first Latino “Bachelor” (and most likely the last Latino “Bachelor”) can now add the distinction of having thoroughly earned the very first Robles & Rosado Chancletazo of the Week.