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Recent immigrants who barely speak English seem to make fewer gaffes with the English language than American-born Juan Pablo Galavis.
“The Bachelor” star, who grew up in Venezuela, once again blamed his background after he came under fire for making light of offensive language. Galavis encountered a backlash after he retweeted someone apparently poking fun at the mentally handicap and who used the r word.
"Not every flower can save love, but a rose can,” said the tweet. “Not every plant survives thirst, but a cactus can. Not every r***** can read, but look at you go, little buddy!”
Galavis not only retweeted it, but he also wrote: “Loved it.”
Galavis brushed off the controversy, and blamed his poor choice of words on the fact that English is his second language.
“In Venezuela the R word is USED commonly and by NO means is to OFFEND anyone… #Relax #DifferentCulture #Respect,” he wrote on Twitter.
He later deleted the tweet, though he told his followers to “learn culture.”
It wasn’t the first time a statement landed "The Bachelor" in hot water. Earlier this year, he said he opposed having a gay “Bachelor” because homosexuals were “perverts, in a sense.” He later apologized and blamed his choice of words on a language barrier.