It looks like Manny Pacquiao’s anti-gay comments have landed him in hot water! The professional boxer’s scheduled interview with “Extra” host Mario Lopez at the Grove on Wednesday, May 16, has been called off.
Pacquiao’s media backlash started when he told the National Conservative Examiner over the weekend that gay men should be “put to death” for their sexual crimes. The 33-year-old WBO Welterweight Champion – also the Congressman of the Philippines – even quoted Leviticus 20:13: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Translation? Pacquiao’s basically referenced the part of the bible that says gay men “must be put to death.”
The Grove LA’s official twitter page issued an official message on twitter, saying, “Boxer Manny Pacquiao is not welcome @TheGroveLA. @TheGroveLA is a gathering place for all Angelenos, not a place for intolerance.” Ouch!
Pacquiao’s anti-gay comments spread like wildfire on social media! One tweeter joked his remarks make Mayweather “sound like Taylor Swift” while another bashed him as a hypocrite for having tattoos:
CourageCampagin.org is actively seeking signatures, petitioning for Pacquiao’s long-time sponsor Nike to drop him.
My only question is… Where the hell was his publicist?!