BOXING superstar Manny Pacquiao said people who engaged in same-sex relations are “worse than animals”, triggering outrage on social media.
Pacquiao is well-known around the world for his boxing exploits. But in the Philippines, he is also a politician – he is a member of the Philippines House of Representatives, now seeking to win a seat in the Senate.
In a candid interview with Bilang Pilipino, Pacquiao gave his thoughts on same-sex relations.
INQUIRER.net translated some of his remarks into English.
Pacquiao said, “It’s only common sense. Would you see any species of animals who engage in male to male, female to female [sexual] relations? Animals, then, are better than humans [in that sense]. They know how to distinguish males from females.”
“If people then engage in male to male, female to female relations, then they are worse than animals,” he said, according to INQUIRER.net.
Here’s a brief snippet of the interview:
Social media erupted in fury over his remarks, with most condemning the boxer-turned-politician.
Many believe his comments disqualify him from high office.
Manny Pacquiao's opinion re same-sex marriage is enough proof to say that he does not belong in the senate.
— Niambee Ruth Palacio (@niambeepalacio) February 16, 2016
Some made humorous reference to Pacquiao’s memorable match with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. which happened last year.
I think Floyd must have banged a few screws loose in Pacquiao's head
— MoscatoPapi (@marcdizzle13) February 16, 2016
Others lobbed charges of hypocrisy, referring to Pacquiao’s past infidelity.
For someone who committed adultery, you have a lot to say against the LGBT community, Manny Pacquiao.
— Deadliest Nose™ (@notmebutmycat) February 16, 2016
Still others brought up the contrast between same-sex relations and professional boxing.
I don't know, Mr. Pacquiao. Which is more animalistic? Gays kissing or being paid to beat up a human being like you were in a sabungan?
— Miguel Lizada (@mlizada) February 16, 2016
Pacquiao may lose more than a few fans over this controversy.
Sincerely, as a Filipino sportsfan who has loved you all these years, you broke my heart today Manny Pacquiao. Can't believe you said that.
— LordKingVan (@KingVanJ) February 16, 2016
Pacquiao responded to the torrent of criticism by quoting the Bible.
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 16, 2016
This is not the first time Pacquiao has received criticism for his comments on gays. In 2012, he stated his opposition to gay marriage in an interview. He subsequently sought to clarify his comments, saying that while he is against gay marriage, he is not condemning gays.
“I have family — a cousin — who’s gay, and friends too. I’m just against gay marriage. I don’t even want to talk about the issue, but I was asked about it, so I gave my opinion,” he told the Los Angeles Times.