Man at His Best

Manny Pacquiao Just Homophobia'd Himself Out Of His Nike Endorsement

The diminutive boxer said gays and lesbians are "worse than animals." ​

BY DAVE HOLMES | Feb 18, 2016 | Culture

Nike has terminated its contract with Manny Pacquiao in light of his recent comments that sexually active gay and lesbian people are "worse than animals." 

On Filipino television network TV5, Pacquiao– a member of the Philippine House of Representatives who is running for a Senate seat and also boxes– said:

"It's common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals."

Leaving aside the fact that there are animals who engage in gay activity, Pacquiao's statement makes no sense. Humans do all sorts of things animals don't do (drive, run for public office, jeopardise lucrative endorsement deals by saying ignorant things out loud) and nobody calls us out for it. 

This isn't Manny's first time at the gay rodeo: Four years ago, he was banned from Los Angeles shopping centre The Grove–disrupting a planned sit-down with Mario Lopez, whose Extra is taped there–after condemning same-sex marriage in a National Conservative Examiner piece (since pulled). Nike spoke out against his position at the time, but didn't cut ties.

Yesterday, Pacquiao took to Instagram to instapologise. 


People like Pacquiao (and Antonin Scalia) have a lot to learn, up to and including what the words  "love" and "condemn" mean. 

The name "Manny Pacquiao" and all of his merchandise have been wiped from the Nike website. The boxer had been a Nike athlete since 2006. Goodnight, Manny. 


 

First published in Esquire US