Manny Pacquiao's Twitter followers plummet after controversial LGBT statement
From 1.9 million to a measly 10,000 followers
(SPOT.ph) Boxer and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao may have already apologized for comparing the LGBT community to animals, but that hasn't stopped the still-ongoing backlash. Since his infamous interview first hit the web, the senatorial aspirant has earned the ire of celebrities, the Internet, and his Twitter followers.
According to a report from Radyo Inquirer, his follower count—which was last tallied at 1.9 million during his fight with Floyd Mayweather in May 2015—dramatically plummeted to just a little over 10,000 as of writing. It could partly be due to the international headlines that quickly followed, including Vox, The Guardian, The New York Times, NPR, ABC News, CNN, and The Washington Post.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015
It's a shocking (and rather ironic) turn of events, especially considering it's the opposite of what happened with trans celebrity and vocal LGBT rights advocate, Caitlyn Jenner. Just four hours after she debuted as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair in June 2015, she quickly amassed over a million Twitter followers. Her meteoric rise on the social networking site broke President Barack Obama's previous record for the fastest-growing Twitter account ever.
Meanwhile, Manny's Instagram account, which was where he first responded to the controversy prior to his apology, wasn't as affected by the outrage. He still has 2.9 million followers as of writing.