Manny Pacquiao, an eight-time world champion boxer, has recently caused a lot of controversy with his recent comments about the LGBTQ+ community.
The boxer, who is running for a chair on the senate in the Philippines, stated on a Filipino TV program that “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.” The problem with his comments are obvious, they are offensive and deeply hurtful to the LGBTQ+ community. But apart from that, his argument here is quite ignorant on his part.
After receiving backlash for his comments, Pacquiao issued a rather backhanded apology. In a video posted to his twitter, he apologizes for “comparing gay people to animals,” but then goes on to say that he’s sorry for offending people but not sorry for what he believes. Pacquiao states, “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.” The boxer defended his position by saying that he “would rather obey the Lord’s command.”
Due to Pacquiao’s comments, Nike has dropped his endorsement, stating that they “strongly oppose discrimination of any kind.”