Manny Pacquiao Claims Gays Are “Worse Than Animals,” Then Backpedals
Boxing legend and Philippine senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao has offended and apologized for offending Filipinos by claiming that gays are “worse than animals” during an interview, as of this morning.
Let’s be real, though: all humans are worse than animals. Have you met a dog? I don’t know anyone who’s better than a dog. Pacquiao’s comment had to do with homosexual sex acts, specifically:
“It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female.”
According to Petter Boeckman from the University of Oslo, though, 1,500 animals species exhibit homosexuality. It’s more surprising to see a species never exhibiting homosexuality than the opposite. Just as a lil’ tidbit of info for your Tuesday morning.
Although the Philippines is a very, very Catholic nation — 80 percent of its adults practice the faith — it’s also one of the most LGBT-friendly, according to a Pew study that showed that 73 percent of Filipinos believe homosexuality should be accepted by society.
Hence the backlash, especially against a man who’s not just a very famous boxer anymore, but now also a viable senatorial candidate. After several Filipino celebrities spoke out against Pacquiao and ordinary Filipinos took to the #PrayForManny hashtag, Pacquiao posted an Instagram video apologizing:
He captioned the video, noting, “I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.” Fair enough! Pacquiao is favored to win the senatorial seat he’s campaigning for, so hopefully he’ll be able to extend that compassion if and when he’s elected, too.