Manny PacquiaoAfter Pacquiao vs Mosley, Who is the Next Pacquiao Boxing Match?. Read more ... »’s Nike endorsement is going to end after stating his opinion about the issue in same-sex marriage in the U.S.
PacquiaoPacquiao vs Marquez 3 Figth Latest Update. Read more ... » has been endorsing Nike since 2008, and recently just because of his remarks against the said latest U.S. bill on same-sex marriage, a lot of pro-gay and lesbian movement has written petition to Nike to end the contract with its endorser, boxing champ and congressman, Manny Pacquiao.
The petition was initiated by Gay Marriage USA via Change.org asking Nike to “say ‘no’ to hate speech” and to withdraw its sponsorship of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s statement was in contrary to the latest statement of PresidentObama: Target of a Book Hurler. Read more ... » Barrack Obama that supports marriage equality most especially to same-sex marriage. Pacquiao’s answers when he was interviewed about his stand regarding the current same sex marriage bill were Bible based but a lot of the third sex community members did not like his opinion. Moreover, they were exasperated by the bold answer of Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao said, “Should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old,” but the Examiner’s journalist, Granville Ampong, wrote that Pacquiao said gays “must be put to death,” quoting Leviticus 20:13 and other biblical scriptures but David Badash of thenewcivilrightsmovement.com denied this statement of Pacquiao. Badash said Ampong was a terrible writer and has to claim all the blame about the said issue that spread not only in the online community but in the national and international televisions.
Manny Pacquiao now has a lot of critics and also received criticism from several netizens and concerned group of Gays, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender.
One violent comment from Aimee Sharpe said, “No one who is a public figure, and or, a role model to people, especially children, can be allowed to call for the death of others. I am saddened by his closed-mindedness, but am horrified if Nike keeps him on as a spokesperson after such a violent comment, and violent view point.” (yahoo news)
The petition is now closed after receiving 4, 868 out of 5, 000 votes and according to Lorrie Adams, who also signed the petition, said: “As a Filipino and as a mother, I am deeply disappointed and outraged at Manny’s inexcusable comments. Freedom of speech also comes with the sense to be responsible for your words, to think before you speak.”
Even some bloggers and twitter users like Tonyo Cruz had criticized Manny’s comments, “We ask Filipino Christian leaders, especially those who are guiding him, to disown bigoted Bible interpretation of Manny Pacquiao.”
Behind the criticism Pacquiao received after saying his side on the issue, many also have supported him for his Biblical stand on gay-marriage and this only shows Manny is a born again and is able to stand his beliefs.