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Manny Pacquiao banned from Hollywood mall

posted 5/16/2012 2:03:03 PM |
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Manny Pacquiao won't be shopping with the stars ever again, as the homophobic boxing superstar has been banned from Hollywood's ultimate entertainment destination.

Training in Los Angeles for his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao was scheduled to sit down for an interview Wednesday with "Extra" host Mario Lopez at the Grove, LA's legendary shopping mall where celebrities and tourists mingle in overpriced shops, restaurants and movie theaters. But that interview won't take place now, at least not at the outdoor mall.

LA Weekly's Simone Wilson reports Pacquiao has been outlawed by the commercial center for his over-the-top anti-gay statements this week. While quoting Bible verses, the boxing star didn't just say he was against the homosexual lifestyle, Pacquiao stunningly divulged gay men should be "put to death" for their sexual crimes.

Management at the Grove quickly issued a statement explaining why the bigoted boxer has been officially forbidden from entering the star-studded shopping mecca.

"Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance."

Since then, it has come out that the original article attributed a quote to Pacquiao that he never said.

From the Village Voice:

Granville Ampong, the "conservative examiner" {email address removed} (a news website that lets just about anyone submit articles) now says Pacquiao never referenced the offensive passage taken from Leviticus 20:13, which states that "if a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."

Still, the prejudiced pugilist attempted to defend his position with media in the Philippines.

"I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God," he told ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo. "I'm not against gay people ... I have a relative who is also gay. We can't help it if they were born that way. What I'm critical of are actions that violate the word of God."

Pacquiao, long a darling of Madison Avenue, figures to lose a number of endorsements and fans over his intolerant, bullheaded position.

The article and video interview

If in fact he did say this

They must be put to death
, then I can understand why he got banned from the mall. But he stated that he didn't, and if nothing can be found that that he did state that, then I would say that it's the liberal media and/or liberal fuctards that are lying and fanning the flames again to exploit this news story.

From what I have read from this article, it seems like a hit piece on him from the writer since the writer added this piece
Pacquiao, long a darling of Madison Avenue, figures to lose a number of endorsements and fans over his intolerant, bullheaded position.

Seems like a lot of intolerance going on on the left with them banning people over free speech and peoples opinions anymore. PC has gone too far these days.

I don't agree with the homosexual lifestyle either, and certainly not gay marriage. But if people want to live that way, it's their business, as long as these people aren't promoting that lifestyle and pushing gay marriage.

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May 16 @ 2:30PM  
Someone was homophobic a few thousand years ago and people have been paying for it every since. I think people need to look at the times when the bible was written and realize that back then it was not an overpopulated world and if you had men with men and women with women then it was not going to build the numbers of their tribes or nations. People also have to realize this is the most heavily edited book in history. Things have been added in and taken out and changed around by kings and popes and other political leaders throughout history to control people and pretty much find and excuse for things like the Spanish Inquisition and the burning of political enemies as witches. That people in the twenty first century are still using the bible as an excuse for hatred against people who have done nothing except being who they are just boggles the mind. No religion should be used as an excuse for bigotry and hatred towards anyone else, I don't care what your beliefs are.

As for banning this guy from the mall. Good. Even if he did not make that one statement he has made his views pretty clear and while everyone has a right to their own opinion. People also have the right not to have to tolerate the hate.

May 16 @ 2:50PM  
I take it you're not into the Bible, Rhonda. That's fine, you have that option to live the way you want. Free will is what it's all about. But it's part of my faith and a lot of others as well, and for you to knock it doesn't look very good on you to a lot of people. This is a Christian nation afterall.

People also have the right not to have to tolerate the hate.
That's not hate, but rather very moral convictions. Tolerance isn't very well received on the left when it comes to differenting opinions from my observations.

Even though you may not agree with people when it comes to their faith and political differences, you and others like you can't try to control how they feel and what they say. There is still free speech and thinking in this country.

I think I'm pretty open minded when it comes to listening to people, but that doesn't mean I'm going to roll over and change and compromise my strong convictions and morals for others. I'm true to myself!

May 16 @ 2:59PM  
JMHO, those who preach 'tolerance' are often the first to loose it.
As there is no proof he said what he's being attributed to saying, it does seem like
a 'hit piece'.
Not many around my part of the world believe a word those like MSNBC, HuffPost,
or anything that comes out of the DNC or 1600 Penn. Ave. are not politically motivated,
or just full of hate.

Haters gonna Hate, Liars gonna lie, Blamer gonna blame Bush.

May 16 @ 4:08PM  
I was glad to see the voters of North Carolina vote down gay marriage for that state. California (as liberal as they are) voted it down as well, but a court out there blocked it. Seems like the liberals don't want anything voted on by voters, but rather passed in state legislatures. When they have votes that don't go there way, they have one of their own federal judges block the out come of that vote. Cases in point, Arizona, and Georgia's illegal immigration law. A couple of other southern states are experiencing the same thing

May 16 @ 9:18PM  
I think people are very confuse about what hate is . And again lets thanks the media for this . Opposing thoughts are not hate there are just that opposing thoughts period . Anyone at anytime can be taking out of content and start a rukus cause we the American people allowed this to happen .time after time . Now if we the people want this to end we must say enough and turn to the people who have us behaving like puppets . And that is my 2 cents worth . do not add or take away anything and in ? ask .

May 17 @ 8:16PM  
Why are we always criticizing people who quote outrageous Bible passages, instead of criticizing The Bible? It make zero sense to me to celebrate the "book" and exile people who follow its teaching.

May 17 @ 11:12PM  
I consider myself more in the middle I guess one would call it. This is the first I've heard about this, I don't really have the news on much anymore. I'm so tired of the bullshit they try to pass off as news on the cable networks anymore. I usually just tune into the local news around here now.

Anyway......we have the right to free speech in this country, and that includes people like Manny Pacquiao. We also have the right to agree or not agree with what he says. He doesn't support the gay lifestyle, that is his right.

What is wrong with people that they just can't get along? Why does there have to be so much "hate" out there? I'm not saying those who oppose the gay lifestyle should embrace it, and I'm not saying that those who support it shouldn't, what I'm trying to say is why can't we just "live and let live"? I'd say respect, but, how does one go about respecting something they don't support? After all, they are people too with feelings and emotions. Next time someone wants to bash another for their lifestyle, stop and think how they would feel if they were constantly bashed. It's not a good why do it to others?

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Manny Pacquiao banned from Hollywood mall