On today’s episode of Twitterserye, people have decided to call out Michael Pacquiao for something called silence.
The 18-year-old son of Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao has been making rounds on the internet over the past several weeks for his rapping skills. He has recently dropped an album called ‘Dreams‘ and wowed netizens for his live Wish 107.5 performance of one of his album tracks, ‘Hate.’ The video has garnered over 5 million views in just 5 days.
Today, the kid’s name became the talk of the town again. However, he did not release new music or anything. It’s just that now that’s he’s quickly picking up popularity, people called him out for not speaking against his father, who is notorious for his previous homophobic remarks.
your father hates gays, let’s start with that https://t.co/zXVuAeiicg
— Carlos (@qarloscuiapo) August 9, 2020
The LGBTQIA+ community will never forget that one time when world boxing champion and Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao spoke ill of same-sex couples.
“It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?” said Manny. “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.”
His statement, which he made on a television program broadcast by Filipino station TV5, sparked global outrage. Members and even non-members of the LGBTQ+ community alike were triggered. Even powerhouse brand Nike dropped their partnership.
Although the renowned athlete apologized after the backlash, he made it clear that his only mistake was comparing people to animals and stood by his belief that same-sex couples are immoral in the eyes of the Lord.
Four years later, the wound is still fresh. The boxing champ is still a despised figure in the community and will most probably remain so until he publicly contradicts his anti-gay views. And now, with the cancel culture going out of hand, the hate towards the man is extending down to his offspring.
Call-out culture, going too far again?
I’m at one with the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equal rights, but I believe that dragging someone else down who hasn’t said or done anything harmful just to prove a point is not a proper way to send our message across.
While we’re hoping he disagrees with his father’s views, we’re not in the position to demand he speak about it publicly. Heck, we’re not even in the right position to impose what he should believe in. So far, Michael Pacquiao has done nothing more than share his passion for rapping and music; he clearly doesn’t deserve to be the center of a controversy. If you’re not a fan of his music, you can make comments about his work. But to hold him accountable for his parent’s mistake would be irresponsible– a clear manifestation of our outrageous obsession with call-out culture.
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