Manny Pacquiao loses celebrity following over ‘bigoted’ statements on same-sex marriage

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Pacquiao on the receiving end of more criticism from celebrites, including openly gay basketball player Jason Collins, for his ‘bigoted’ remarks.

Manny Pacquiao is still reeling from the barrage of comments from concerned netizens, but more joined in to criticize the eight-division world champion.

Numerous high profile celebrity fans of Pacman joined in the thousands already questioning the choice of words used to drive his point over his opinion on same-sex marriage.

Among those who used the social networking site Twitter was Jason Collins – a trail blazer for coming out as the first active openly gay athlete in 2013 – who criticized Pacquiao’s decision to offend the LGBT community:

Joining Collins in showing their disapproval of Pacquiao and his off-handed statement included notable blogger Perez Hilton, and ‘Miss Saigon’ star Lea Salonga:

Even celebrities from Pacquiao’s homeland the Philippines gave their two cents on the issue, including high-profile gay host Jose Marie Viceral, also known as Vice Ganda:

But among the harshest reactions came from BB Gandanghari (formerly Rustom Padilla), an actor who came out of the closet in a reality TV show and is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights:

The controversy began when Pacquiao was quoted, saying: “The animals are better. They know how to distinguish, male or female. If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals” in a video released by Interaksyon.

The eight-division world champion was rained on with criticisms on his allegedly insensitive remarks, but eventually caved in to public clamor to make amends with the people he gave harsh judgment and likened to “animals” despite maintaining his stance to disapprove of same-sex marriage.

“I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. I would like to ask for forgiveness to everyone I hurt because of my comparison [of the LGBT] to animals. It is my mistake and I would like to ask for forgiveness to all those who were hurt [by my words],” said Pacquiao in the recorded message.

“However, this does not change my decision of being against same-sex marriage, and that is my belief. My mistake was that I compared people to animals. I am humbling myself before you and before God for my mistake,” he added.

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