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5 Apr 2016

Hong Kong LGBT groups call on clubs to drop Manny Pacquiao broadcast

After the Filipino boxer/politician enraged the global LGBT community with homophobic comments this year, Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents Club has come under heavy criticism for airing his April 10 bout

Private members’ bars in Hong Kong have been encouraged not to screen Manny Pacquiao’s latest boxing match in Las Vegas on April 10 due to the boxer’s homophobic slurs.

Pacquiao's comments drew widespread condemnation from gay Filipino celebrities, rights groups and netizens. Speaking to a local station in February, the boxing champion told the interviewer "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."

Bess Hepworth of LGBT advocacy group Out Leadership said that although the FCC had “a proud history of supporting the LGBTI community” its decision to hold the event “would be a backward step”.

Earlier this year it held a photo exhibition depicting the stories of members of Hong Kong’s LGBT community, entitled Queers of Hong Kong.

The FCC released a statement saying “The club has a history of hosting events, from guest speaker talks to televised sports matches, that feature people whose views members may find deplorable.”

“Views expressed at any of our events or shown on our televisions do not necessarily represent views held by the club, its board or its members,” it said.

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-04-05 22:32  
It is also worth noting, for whatever it's worth, that Pacquiao publicly apologized for those remarks.
2. 2016-04-06 02:04  
little that Mani knows, there are homosexuality on animals too...start reading..
3. 2016-04-06 14:06  
I'm sure many lgbt groups call for it to be broadcast also.

Stop this bad bad bad reporting that appears to align all gay people.

Fridae, you should be deeply ashamed!

Is hate really your agenda?!
4. 2016-04-06 14:14  
Why did you omit : " Nevertheless, the FCC released a statement saying that it will proceed to show the sporting event as planned,” it does, however, “deplore Manny Pacquiao’s anti-gay comments.” "

Bess Hepworth should get in the ring with Manny. Or maybe the fridae editor thinks they could win against Pacquiao?

5. 2016-04-07 03:18  
His head has been smashed up time and time again during the bouts so his brain is fucked up completely.
6. 2016-04-07 04:57  
I guess severe concussion could explain the fridae editor's output.

Living in fear is bad.

Spreading fear without evidence is shameful.

Doing so by hiding/omitting evidence.....?
7. 2016-04-11 15:40  
After a reasonably good victory, this gentleman will now quit boxing and enter politics. He will probably spread his Christian traditional values...
8. 2016-04-12 05:10  
Let him speak his mind. Let him stand for election.

Don't underestimate the electorate.
9. 2016-04-13 22:36  
Just looking for sensation, thats it

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