Boxing champion and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao has received flak on social media for comparing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to animals.
He did not just compare it – he said the LGBTs are worse off than animals.
In an interview with the TV-5 group’s “Bilang Pilipino” elections coverage, Pacquiao said animals are better off than humans for distinguishing the difference between male and female.
“Common sense lang. Makakakita ka ba ng any animals na lalake sa lalake, babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. Marunong kumilala kung lalaki lalake, o babae babae,” Pacquiao said when asked of his reaction about same sex marriage.
(It’s only common sense. Can you see any species of animals who engage in male to male, female to female marriage? Then animals are better off than humans. They know how to distinguish male from female.)
“Kung lalake sa lalake, babae sa babae, eh mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao,” he added.
(If people then engage in male to male, female to female marriage, then they are worse off than animals.)
The Sarangani Representative/perennial absentee congressman and born again pastor made the statement at the start of the 2016 elections national campaign for his senatorial bid under opposition candidate Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance.
Despite missing out on the campaign trail since it started Feb. 9 in preparation for his fight with Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao has been receiving high scores in voters preference polls, the latest of which is the Pulse Asia survey conducted Jan. 24 to 28 where he got in at the eight to 10th rank with 46.9 percent of respondents.
Pacquiao received flak on social media, primarily from LGBT personalities.
Beauty titlist Liza Dino-Seguerra, the wife of singer and former child star Aiza Seguerra, said she was confounded at the stupidity of Pacquiao’s analogy.
“Naalog na yata dahil sa mga suntok ang ulo ni Manny Pacquiao! Tsk tsk. You just lost half of humanity dahil sa kahayupan ng sagot mo… Nakakalungkot.. (Your head must have been beaten up because of the boxing. Tsk tsk. You just lost half of humanity because of the inhumanity of your answer. Saddening), Dino-Seguerra said in a status after sharing the video on Facebook.
Her wife Aiza Seguerra was quoted in a Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) report as having lost respect for such a “bigoted hypocrite” like Pacquiao.
“I am so fuckin’ mad I don’t know what to say. You might’ve done our country proud but with your statement, you just showed the whole country why we shouldn’t vote for you. And yes, I think you are an ignorant, bigoted hypocrite,” Seguerra said.
“You made me lose all respect that I had for you, Mr. Pacquiao,” she added.
Spoken word poetry performer Juan Miguel Severo said Pacquiao used to represent hope and resilience, but not he has only symbolized ignorance and bigotry.
“Hey, Manny Pacquiao. When did love become more inhuman than the lack of compassion?” Severo tweeted on his social media account (@TheRainBro).
“We Filipinos love our symbols and signifiers. Pacquiao won that seat because he symbolized and signified hope, resilience, greatness. But with that statement he easily became a symbol and signifier for ignorance and bigotry,” Severo added.
Even famous Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton lamented Pacquiao’s anti-gay remarks, saying what is more unfortunate is Pacquiao’s chances of getting in the Philippine Senate.
“What?! Why do people have to compare homosexuality to animals?! WHY?? Ugh,” he said on his blog (PerezHilton.com).
“Look, if your religious beliefs prevent you from accepting same-sex marriage, that’s on you. That’s YOUR idea of propriety. But there’s absolutely no call to demonize and denigrate gay people by comparing them to animals just because their love is something YOU’RE unable to accept,” he added.
“The sad thing here is that Pacquiao is world famous and a national hero as a boxer, so we can only guess he’ll win his election to the Senate pretty easily — and then spread this awful attitude around within his country. Double ugh,” Hilton said.
Netizen Jacques Jimeno reflected on the irony of Pacquiao’s statement – studies have shown that even animals exhibit same-sex behavior.
“Not sure if the best way to refute Manny Pacquiao’s “masahol pa sa hayop” statement is to tell him there are homosexual animals,” Jimeno tweeted (@jacjimeno).
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