Manny Pacquiao has long been a homophobic buster, a failing that carries much more weight given the fact that he is a sitting (if mostly absent) congressman in his native Philippines. He is now running for a seat in the country’s senate, and thus ramped up his anti-gay rhetoric during a recent television appearance.
Here, via CNN, is what Pacquiao had to say about homosexuality:
It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?
The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.
Pacquiao took immediate criticism for those comments, and first responded by doubling down with an Instagram post:
But when people remained angry at him, he followed up with this extremely weak apology:
Never forget that Manny Pacquiao really sucks.