Boy Abunda lashes out at Manny Pacquiao for his statement on same-sex marriage
Stars like Lea Salonga, Perez Hilton, and more also add their two cents.
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(SPOT.ph) Since boxer and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao infamously compared the LGBT community to animals, plenty of celebrities have come forward to speak their mind on the matter. One of those passionate statements come from TV host Boy Abunda, who called out the senatorial aspirant for "crossing the line" with his remarks.
"Kung ang tao ay nanakit, nangyuyurak ng karapatan ng tao, eh gugustuhin ko na po maging hayop," he said in the February 16 episode of Tonight with Boy Abunda. "Kung ang ibig sabihin po ng hayop ay gumagalang, nagmamahal, then I am an animal."
He then quoted pro-LGBT remarks of U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and former U.S. senator and presidential aspirant Hilary Clinton. "Common sense, 'di ba, Manny? Siguro naman may common sense si Obama," he said. "Manny, sino ka? Saan ka kumuha ng kapangyarihan na tawagin kaming mas masahol pa sa hayop."
He continued, "I am not begging Manny Pacquiao for dignity. I am not begging you for respect. I am not begging you for my humanity because you do not own my humanity. Akin iyon. That's my birthright."
Other celebrities have since come forward to speak up on Pacquiao's controversial statement, including:
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) February 15, 2016
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) February 16, 2016
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 16, 2016
Manny has since apologized for his "animal" remarks, but maintained his stand against same-sex marriage, saying, "Hindi po nagbabago ang aking desisyon na against po ako sa same-sex marriage at iyan po ang paniniwala ko. Ang pagkakamali ko lang po ay ikinumpara ko ang tao sa hayop."
Since facing immediate backlash, he has also made international headlines, including the New York Times, NPR, ABC News, and The Washington Post. According to a report from Radyo Inquirer, Manny had over 1.8 million Twitter followers as of 2015, but the numbers drastically fell to just a little over 9,000 (as of writing) after his controversy.