Bleacher Report – Iconic boxer Manny Pacquiao has come under fire after claiming gay couples are “worse than animals.”
The Filipino, who is the only eight-weight world champion in the sport’s history, gave his controversial views in an interview with a Filipino television station, TV5 (via the Guardian).
“It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female,” the 37-year-old stated. “If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
Since making the claims, Pacquiao has issued the following apology on his Twitter feed:
“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. God Bless!”
As fate would have it, Pacquiao made the “animals” comment in the middle of a campaign where he’s running for senate in the Philippines. Not that I ever would advise a dangerous crackpot like him, but if I was, I would’ve suggested he pretty much skip the whole apology thing. It’s the first rule of politics that you can never win over a segment of the electorate once you’ve told them they’re worse than animals.
If you’ll pardon the unfortunate pun, that horse is out of the barn. And the best you can reasonably hope for is that your insane ranting locked up whatever segment of the voting public is so afraid of gays and lesbians that they want a senator who thinks it’s OK to compare them to lower forms of life. I’m no political science major, but I think just from a campaign strategy standpoint, the apology alienates both sides of the debate and does you know good.
Not to mention, while I think you can play both sides of some issues, you can’t exactly say, “Hey, gays and lesbians! I think you’re worse than skunks, lizards and earthworms. But forgive me. And God bless you!” That’s a slogan that won’t work on the right, left or center. So yeah, maybe this whole politics thing just isn’t going to work out for Manny. It says a lot when you fight Floyd Mayweather and you were the nuttiest one in the ring.