Manny Pacquiao, the former eight-time world boxing champion, has apologized for saying gay people are “worse than animals”.
On Tuesday, Pacquiao evoked the wrath of the LGBT community in Philippines for making insensitive remarks against homosexuals on a TV program broadcast by Filipino station TV5. (Watch Above)
Pacquiao, 37, currently campaigning to secure one of 12 seats in the country’s senate, initially appeared unrepentant and justified his comments in an Instagram post that he was “just telling the truth of what the Bible says”.
However, after Pacquiao drew flak from Filipino celebrities, the boxing legend backtracked on his initial comments with an apologetic video posted on his Twitter account. “I’m sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people to animals. It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I’ve hurt,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao reiterated that he was against same sex marriage. “But this does not change my position against same sex marriage. That’s what I believe. My only mistake is comparing gay people to animals,” he added.
The controversy began when Pacquiao cited “common sense” for his homophobic slurs. “The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve (of) male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.” Minutes after Pacquiao made those comments, his Twitter and Facebook accounts were attacked by gay celebrities and LGBT activists.
The boxer, slated to retire after his bout with Timothy Bradley in April, responded to the criticism on Instagram. “I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh. I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways,” wrote Pacquiao.
This isn’t the first time Manny Pacquiao has made outrageous remarks against the LGBT community. You can be rest assured that the backlash against his latest tirade will garner universal attention in the coming days.
I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. God Bless! pic.twitter.com/bqjRcWqp8R
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 16, 2016
The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we're no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao.
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 16, 2016