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'The Bachelor' star Juan Pablo Galavis retweets "retard" joke and defends it: Open your mind and learn culture

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/07/2014 

The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis isn't ending his reality experience smelling like a rose.

The Bachelor star once again landed himself in the center of controversy after he retweeted a fan's insensitive joke about mentally-handicapped people dubbed "retards" on Thursday, E! News reported.

The tweet read: "Not every flower can save love, but a rose can. Not every plant survives thirst, but a cactus can. Not every retard can read, but look at you go, little buddy! Today you should take a moment and send an encouraging message to a f-cked up friend, just as I've done. I don't care if you lick windows, or interfere with farm animals. You hang in there cup cake, you're f-cking special to me, you're my friend, look at you smiling at your phone! You crayon eating bastard you!"

Galavis reportedly wrote, "JAJAJAJAJA LOVED IT...," alongside the tweet but has since deleted the post.

Despite seemingly trying to cover up his tracks, Galavis tweeted a series of posts afterwards defending his use of the word "retard" in a joking manner.

"I'm BLESSED to speak SPANISH, an OK english and a LITTLE bit of portuguese... For those who DON'T I recommend to LEARN... #Culture," the 32-year-old Venezuela native tweeted yesterday.

"Yeap, an OK english, my WRITING is HORRIBLE but some of you already UNDESTAND me with all my MISTAKES... People, try to be HAPPY and enjoy JOKES and SARCASM... In Venezuela the R word is USED commonly and by NO means is to OFFEND anyone... #Relax #DifferentCulture #Respect."

The reality TV star continued, "Some people need to TRAVEL and get around the WORLD... The US is a GREAT country but there is a LOT out there... #openyourmind #learnculture."

While some of Galavis' gaffes may have been a result of cultural differences, he's also been criticized for going on The Bachelor for fame and dumping on the idea of a future gay The Bachelor star. He said gay men tend to be more "perverted" as justification for why such a casting change may be inappropriate for ABC's show.

During his season, Galavis was also known for sending his bachelorettes mixed signals -- prompting bachelorette Andi Dorfman to call him a "rude, arrogant asshole" after their "disaster" of a fantasy-suite date.

The woman to receive Galavis' final rose also reportedly leaked a nude photo the former pro soccer player sent her recently, and news had surfaced in early January that Galavis is a deadbeat dad who owed his ex-girlfriend thousands of dollars in unpaid child-support payments for their four-year-old daughter Camila.

All of the recent controversies reportedly led ABC to change its mind about wanting Galavis to be a member of Dancing with the Stars' eighteenth-season cast.

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