Manny Pacquiao: Begging for a homophobic knockout
Let’s pretend that it’s your job to get punched in the head over and over and over again by muscular men who train for hours every day with the specific goal of hitting you harder. Granted, you also hit these men in the head, but that doesn’t change the fact that getting punched is your job. And you do this for years.
It might not surprise the people around you if, after awhile, you started saying really stupid shit. Which leads us to professional boxer and Philippine Senate candidate Manny Pacquiao.
Earlier this month during a debate televised by Filipino station TV5, Pacquiao, who is running for Senate, and the other candidates were asked about their views on samesex marriage, which is illegal in the Philippines. Pacquiao’s answer was clearly the result of being punched in the head too many times.
“It’s just common sense,” he said. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? If you have male-to-male or female-to-female (relationships), then [gay] people are worse than animals.”
Later he posted a Bible verse about putting gays to death on his Instagram account.
Well, this isn’t the first time LGBT people have been compared to animals. And this isn’t the first time someone has pointed to non-human species for evidence that being a homo is unnatural.
It is not, as Pacquiao claims, “common sense.” What is common, however, is the well-documented instances of animals other than humans getting, as scientists put it, “gay up in this bitch.”
Pacquiao faced some pretty steep consequences for his “worse than animals” comment. Nike dropped him. Pacquiao did apologize, for what it’s worth. And it’s not worth much.
Does Pacquiao have a right to his own opinion? Of course he does. But he doesn’t have a right to his own facts.