Vice Ganda’s vulgar behavior damages the image of the Philippines’ gay community

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has been thrown in the spotlight after boxing champion and Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao’s controversial statement saying they are worse than animals. While he received a lot of flak from people around the world and consequently got fired by his sponsor, shoe manufacturing giant Nike, Pacquiao also received a lot of support from those who share his views.

Netizens pray that Manny Pacquiao learn to be more tolerant of homosexuals.
Netizens pray that Manny Pacquiao learn to be more tolerant of homosexuals.
Many of his supporters say that he is entitled to his opinion just like any regular guy. The problem is, Pacquiao is not a regular guy. He is an internationally-renowned athlete and is treated like a celebrity everywhere he goes. His millions of followers look up to him and take his words very seriously. His words can ignite anti-homosexual attitudes and promote intolerance in communities around the world. Already we are seeing people arguing online over his statements – religious groups against LGBT supporters – and things are becoming nasty. To be fair, both sides tend to act like lynch mobs.

The worst part is, since he is a lawmaker in the Philippines, Pacquiao can come up with laws that could make homosexuals feel unwelcome in the country. Some say he could eventually ban homosexuals considering he doesn’t think too highly of them.

Indeed, Pacquiao is entitled to his opinion but he has to learn to choose his words very carefully. There are people from certain groups like the gay community who have received their fair share of beating just for being who they are. In the past, gays have been bullied and even murdered for being “different”. What I’m trying to say is, while on the surface, gays and lesbians seem to be accepted by the general community nowadays, a lot of people still resent their lifestyle. Some people’s views against homosexuals get validated when popular figures like Pacquiao share their own views via mainstream media. Some of these people hate homosexuals enough to kill the first one they see.

Vice Ganda has come to symbolise male homosexuality in the Philippines.
Vice Ganda has come to symbolise male homosexuality in the Philippines.
Prior to Pacquiao’s statement, most people agreed that he is a likeable person. It’s not surprising since he has helped a lot of people in his district General Santos City with his generosity. He is said to have used his own money to build houses for thousands of poor people. While his actions are commendable, it is not a long-term solution to fixing poverty in the Philippines. Most of what he does are Band-Aid solutions. Besides, Pacquiao helping the poor using his own money is not sustainable not to mention unwise on his part. The money could run out eventually. Furthermore, it is encouraging people to be too reliant on handouts. A more sustainable way to help would have been to provide livelihood projects for the poor so they could work for a living.

His supporters who cite his generosity in defending him should realize that his generosity is not a license for him to spread hatred against people who have values and belief systems different to his.

While Pacquiao’s statement deserves to be criticized, I can understand why there are people who hate members of the LGBT community particularly in the Philippines. A lot of those who represent homosexuals in Philippine show business are crass and vulgar. They seem to be obsessed with talking about sex and acting it out in their shows.

One such homosexual who is very popular in the Philippines is Vice Ganda. He quite often dresses inappropriately and uses language not suitable for children under 15 years of age. Unfortunately, he has a lot of underage followers who even emulate him. Another homosexual representative in show business is Boy Abunda. He may not be as rude and crude as Vice Ganda but his show promotes gossiping – talking about people instead of ideas. This is not good for the society.

Incidentally, Vice Ganda has come under fire for his lascivious acts during a concert in Japan gyrating on stage with two men. It seems some homosexuals like Vice Ganda are overcompensating for something by acting like nymphomaniacs in public.

The point is, when Filipinos think of homosexuals, what comes to their mind are gays like Vice Ganda and Boy Abunda. That’s enough for a lot of people to become homophobic.

Not all homosexuals act like Vice Ganda and he is not doing the LGBT community any favors by acting like a sexually-deprived individual on stage in his shows. I know a few homosexuals who don’t act like Vice Ganda and you wouldn’t even think they are gay because they are very fine and proper. It is not fair for homosexuals like them to be represented by the likes of Vice Ganda.

Vice Ganda's lascivious antics in front of the cameras possibly contribute to homophobia.
Vice Ganda’s lascivious antics in front of the cameras possibly contribute to homophobia.
In a lot of progressive countries, homosexuals are not exclusively represented by what some call in derogatory terms “screaming faggots”. The Americans have fashion designer and movie director Tom Ford; the United Kingdom has highly-acclaimed actor Sir Ian McKellen, among other prominent folks. You wouldn’t even realize some of them are homosexuals because they are very discrete. There are homosexuals in the medical and law professions – they are professionals who lead quiet and respectable lives and do not deserve to be lumped in the same mold as Vice Ganda.

It’s a shame that the LGTB community in the Philippines is represented by such characters like Vice Ganda. Some homosexuals actually don’t want him to represent the gay community. Goes to show that it’s not only Pacquiao who is taking the country in the wrong direction. The best way to fix this dilemma is to meet halfway. Pacquiao should promote tolerance of homosexuals and the LGBT community should speak out against people like Vice Ganda and stop them from promoting promiscuity and overall appalling behavior in public.

[Photo courtesy ABS-CBN News.]

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vagoneto rieles
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The mention of Boy Abunda along with Vice Ganda, in the same piece.. who, both, talk, dwell and thrive on inanities.. seems to take the issue of popular celebrities in influential positions to a different dimension. You might have thrown in their producers to consolidate the mix. I find it deplorable that TV and Movie personalities, (homosexual and straight alike), seem oblivious of the fact that they have a choice of, ‘whether or not to uplift’ their audience’s intellect and discernment. And that, if they are aware of this at all, they choose, instead, to condescend and indulge the public… Read more »
ChinoF
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Another situation where both sides made big missteps. Or where both sides were represented by big names that they actually don’t want to be represented by.

564Toro007Hyden7777.888
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564Toro007Hyden7777.888
A Chinese Philosopher stated: “Give a man a fish, and he will have one meal in his life. Teach him how to fish, and he will have meals thruout his whole life”…Pandering for freebees, from a rich boxers, is encouraging people to be dependent in their lives. They have to work for their own living, like the rest of us. Giving freebees to voters, like Binay and Erap Estrada did, is one way to get elected in public office. Politicians know the “Pandering mindsets” of Filipino voters. Vice Ganda is spicing her/his shows with eroticism, to sell more tickets and… Read more »
Ren Car
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Dude, Ali’s is suffering from Parkinson’s disease but his mind was sharp and he is very wise. He said so many uplifting and intelligent things, and he is articulate and eloquent, which Manny could not accomplish even in his wettest dreams, lol. Manny became a Lose Cannon based on his uneducated and twisted interpretation of Leviticus but we all know he is a good guy and he do not hate gay people. He just said something very stupid and ignorant, and HATEFUL but it doesn’t equate him to being hateful to gays. To say such a thing is intellectual dishonesty… Read more »
Kuya Pogi
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His interpretation? How can he interpret wrong, a man shall not lay with another man as he does with a woman? The bible is clear on homosexuality, it is wrong and sinful in God’s eyes. He created them male and female from the beginning. The man and woman leave their parents and join together and become one flesh. Manny said exactly what God said in the bible. Homosexuality spreads diseases and they can’t reproduce. God commanded to go and multiply and fill the earth. Should Manny have spoken that publicly like that? No. Because it just alienates people from opening… Read more »
lilia
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👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

ren car
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I would also like to add thst the people who rallied behind Manny and who said, “Manny is just telling the truth, and the truth hurts.” I suppose the saying, Do not underestimate the power of stupidty en masse.” Oh, before you self-righteois biblr thumping hypocrites accuse me of whining and bitching, msy I remind you that you are the whines and cry babies. Besides, I am just voicing my opinions based on my personal belifs so touche’. First of all, gays are worse than animals bec animals do not engage in same sex fking (note; Manny has a right… Read more »
JJP
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@ Ren Car: The intent of your message is on point but I would question your choice on how you chose to deliver it. I think your style of writing here may very well put a reader who aligns with Pacman on the defensive, which in turn would most likely close their minds from toying with new and foreign concepts, which inevitably defeats the purpose of you trying to educate. This entire reply is under the assumption that your statement indeed seeks to educate. Have a nice day!

Kneal
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@ Ren Car
In short, you are one of them thats why you make this long speeches of yours..
Thats All..

Kneal
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And Another Thing, SO MANY WRONG SPELLINGS AND CONSTRUCTIONS OF SENTENCES IN YOUR SPEECH, MAN!!!

Bienvenido Garcia
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I am highly well pleased of the latest issue dated 2/20/16 re -Vice Ganda’s vulgar behavior affecting the image of LGBT as well defined after my previous issue against Vice Ganda .I personally assumed that Manny has no hatred against the gay people only he commented against the same sex marriage & comparing us as human beings to the animals as an extreme loose example as we are used to just to elaborate our freedom to comments & expressions without any intention to hurt a feeling , just like an NFL sport analyst watching the game that I oftentimes heard… Read more »
Vincent
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After this mess, I really hope Messrs. Jose Marie B. Viceral and Eugenio R. Abunda, Jr. (Vice Ganda and Boy Abunda’s real names, respectively) will try to reexamine if their views need some readjustments. Both of them, whether we like it or not, were put in the pedestal by a lot of Filipinos that whatever they say or do, though they are not politicians, have a big impact in shaping the beliefs of a lot people especially their fans. The same goes for Rep. Manny Pacquaio. They are not ordinary Filipinos anymore. Abunda is 50, Viceral is 39 and Pacquaio,… Read more »
joujoukonstantin
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Maybe your backward may ur backward mentality need to readjust ….SAMe sex marriage is legal in most FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES inc USA… of course backward ang pinas but whereelse does this ugly brown monkeys go but to follow americans right ???

Vincent
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From the way you replied to me, I don’t think it’s not me who needs readjusting. And by the way, it’s not what they stand or what they say I’m really pointing at. It’s all about how they say it.

“SAMe sex marriage is legal in most FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES inc USA…” – I really don’t care.

“of course backward ang pinas but whereelse does this ugly brown monkeys go but to follow americans right ???” – Calling people names? “Brown monkeys? Yeah. Indeed, between you and me, I’m not the one that needs to be readjusted.

Chuviakie
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Hahaha I’m sorry just dropping by and was very surprised on what I have read about the brown monkeys??? Ops??? We’re so very proud to be that brown as we know people from other country spend much money just to become brown like oh well I think someone job into a wrong tupic???? I though the issue is about same sex marriage? How this things involved the brown happy monkey??? Hahaha twist and shout…..Lmaoooo

JOLADS
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backward mentality? legal in usa? brown monkeys to follow americans? LOL mas mababait pa nga mga brown monkeys sa mga bakla kesa mga kano, mataas ang gay hate crimes sa US, your chances of getting killed is very high if you are gay than just being a brown monkey in the usa.

Aeta
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I am just curious of what kind of image the Failippines trying to get and keep. This country tries very hard to propagandize a crime-figthing and economy-improving image to attract more foreign investors and tourists; but, the reality of life inside the country paints a harsher picture. If ‘all’ Failipinos really want to improve the image of the Failippines, they need to start with the way they think (be less arrogant), the way they live (be less self-serving), and the way they treat their own country (stop raping it of its natural resources and beauty by turning the land into… Read more »
Lynn Gabutan
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Wow…. You question pacquiao’s act in giving houses to the poor from his own salary… When not half of the “more intellectual” politicians may have not even given houses to their constituents even from the government coffer. Wow, what an opinion. So biased and against Pacquaio. Its as if an orchestrated, character assasination has been set and on the go against pacquiao, and you are one of the new recruits.

Grimwald
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Giving houses, you see, is not a congressman’s job. Making laws is what being in congress is supposed to be about. And besides, this post isn’t even about Pacquiao, in case you didn’t notice.

domo
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Hey pacquiao fanboy. He’s only a boxer not a politician. He may help give house to the poor but he’s always late in congress and he can’t even make laws. You failipinos are one of the reasons why we can’t have decent leaders. You bobotantes are very stupid on choosing the right candidate by basing popularity over knowledge of politics because you have a showbiz mindset.

Aeta
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Lynn Gabutan,

Ask yourself the following question. What is Pacquiao’s motive for giving away houses to the poor?

Your answer will tell us how knowledgeable you are about human nature.

Aeta

Dale Jose Gozar
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All three are shameful profession Manny’s boxing career promote gambling, violence, cheating/deception and boxer’s fist is deadly capable of killing or premanent disability of one’s opponents. So how can you say Manny is a respectable or a hero? Vice Ganda shows promote vulgarity and indecency on national television. 3. Boy Abunda – is all about Showbiz talks, gossips and no-sense craps. It’s all about the Money Our Society & Religion has a tendency to spoil Leaders & Role models in many ways and gets everything they want and never have to work for it. Hence, an easy life results Lazy… Read more »
d_forsaken
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There is a correlation between the number of days since this Vice Ganda person last had sex, and, the number of things that he is willing to do for a man.

Macgyver
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Actually,Pacquiao is not comparing gays,lesbian or whatever to animals per se,but only those who are doing sexual act to their same-sex partners. Being born gay or lesbian is not a sin. It’s nobody’s fault. He or she can live a normal. If they want,they can also get married,but with the opposite sex,of course. It’s when they entered into a relationship with the same-sex that is considered a no-no. The relationship in itself is not a sin. But we all know what that relstionship entails,so the bible prohibited so that it never comes to that actual act. Now there is where… Read more »
Auric
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But in general, people have needs, and since lgbt could only express their love with their partner w/c is most likely of same sex, i dont get it, accept lgbt but not the way they express love, it doesnt make sense. Catholic belief are forcing lgbt to be celibate, we respect your belief, but please also respect people who believes otherwise. Sexual pleasure is for all human to feel.

Amylance
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But sexual act is for purposes of life propagation alone. Because the act releases cells intended to create life. T

Auric
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If that is what you believe, i respect it, but lgbt have different belief, and if you will respect or at least have some tolerance about it, then we have peace. It is not as if 100% of people on earth are catholics sharing your beliefs, respect individualism, that is why lgbt leave the catholic community because they know it is against your belief, and that is respect. If only you could return the favor and not drag the people’s government in to your catholic beliefs.. much better.

Pepe Rep
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Hi Amylance, I do not agree that the “sexual act is for purposes of life propagation alone”, I think it is also for the pleasure, emotional and soul-connection of the married husband and wife this is so they become better at becoming father and mother to their children. I mean even in the Bible we see in the Song of Songs how pleasurable and reCreational sex can be. What you may be emphasizing instead is that the feelings of sexual longings and pleasure during sex were created by God, and marriage was created to fulfill those longings. What St. Paul… Read more »
Pepe Rep
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Hi Auric, I will agree with Macgyver on this one. I understand your concern, but don’t forget too that Christianity and the Catholic church isn’t singling out LGBT on in this principle, it also excludes people who are single regardless of gender/orientation. Christianity in effect is “forcing [not just LGBT, but also single persons] to be celibate”. Simply because the consummation of marriage in sex is a special soul-joining and reproducing act. It includes spiritual, emotional and physical significance for a man and a woman which are individuals joined together in a biologically and anthropologically complementary act. Marriage protects this… Read more »
auric
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With all this ideals you wrote, the thing is, respectable lgbt members only request is to be recognize as a couple registered in nso, with all the rights if heterosexual couple enjoy ( sss beneficiary, healthcare…. you know what i mean) i dont care if catholic despises us, i heard enough insults about lgbt in my life for me to be immune to those things. That is why constitution should be changed, aside from the outdated family code, outside lgbt issue, there are a lot of things to be updated based on the changes of society today.

Pepe Rep
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Thanks for the response Auric! Whether it’s “respectable/not respectable” LGBT, that would be too judgmental to me already. Tom Ford or Vice or Boy, it really does not matter to me, I would recognize their choices on the way they act in public, that is their branding. So no problem when they voice out their opinions, what matters to me is the content of their arguments and claims. We are talking about ideas only so in Filipino we usually say “it’s nothing personal” (walang personalan, debate lang). So that being said here’s why I don’t think same sex marriage is… Read more »
Brett Gardner van der Meer
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Brett Gardner van der Meer

“In the past, gays have been bullied and even murdered for being different” No this happens everyday! Who wrote this article?

Jo Ybarra
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Pacquiao’s ‘abhorrent’ remarks could be blessing in disguise As shown in the link above, “Pacquaio went into politics with a distorted sense of public service. In an interview with him in 2010 when he was running for Saranggani congressman, I asked him why he had to be a congressman to help the people when he was already doing it without being in government. “He replied: “Pera ko ang ginagastos ko. Kawawa naman ang pamilya ko. Mauubos ang pera ko. “Some maybe duped by this tale about Pacquaio’s generosity. But it’s not his personal money that was used to build the… Read more »
Charles Rivera
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When a ‘straight’ person is vulgar and misbehaves in public (i.e. Willie Revillame) nobody says he is damaging the image of men or even straight people. He is damaging his own image. Why are LGBT expected to be perfect? Do individual gays and lesbians represent ALL LGBT?
Let’s be fair. Let’s be consistent.

Joey Balano
Guest

A minority cannot and will not dictate the majority about same-sex marriage on this country. It is time to show this LGBT where we the majority stands and I for one will stanby with Manny.

staser
Guest

“Vice Ganda damages the image of the Philippines”. Title fixed.

iambrahim
Guest

Mayaman na yang vice gandagandahan na yan.
Kaya wala siyang pakialam kung anu ang nagagawa ng joke nya.
May nadinig nga ako mag ina
Nanay:anak paki kuha mo nga un sinmpay at baka umulan na ,dali

Anak: oo na,nagmamadali nagmamadali…

Sa bata parang wala lang ,biro lang pero nawawala na un values na meron ang mga unang kabataan..
Dahil yan kay vice.

carlworx
Guest

Pacquiao is not against LGBT or homosexuals which he made clear in the video (the whole video is now released which clearly says he’s not against homozexuals). What he is against is same sex marriage.

Auric
Guest
I think it is better to be against lgbt as a whole, than go 50% yes , 50% no, i will understand it better than what you are defending, same sex act will be part of the same sex relationship, there are some cases of “death bed” but it is an expression of love at least it is lgbt belief, if you are replusive about it, we understand, but what i hope will not happen is anyone against us to be violent towards us. That is what lgbt activist are fighting for tolerance. The “worse than animals” comments is what… Read more »
Mangyan
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For those of you who amusingly think consistent and “true” homosexual behavior is practiced by animals, check this documentation by some of the best experts in animal behavior: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150206-are-there-any-homosexual-animals
What did they say? “LeVay and Vasey still say that humans are the only documented case of ‘true’ homosexuality in wild animals.”
I guess Manny Pacquiao was right afterall. 🙂

Vagoneto Rieles
Guest
I’m not too sure about this tack, so let me ask. Are we conflating ‘same sex marriage’ with the ‘Church’s Sacrament of Matrimony? To my knowledge the Church, (Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Rites), yet has to bestow this Sacrament to people of the same sex. For that matter, it has been just one or two sects of Protestantism, worldwide, that have recognized these unions. If this distinction is made; in the Philippines, therefore, where there is an overwhelming predominance of Catholics, (however devout regardless), same sex marriage is simply a legal, (civil, if you will), transaction to bind a… Read more »
Auric
Guest
Yes i agree with you, it seems there is a misinterpretation that once same sex will be legalized (if ever that will happen) , same sex will next push to be accepted in church, religious org such as catholics could draw the line right there, but the government who receives taxes from the people regardless of gender could at least do something about it. It is not “special rights” it is equal rights… the anger, hatred and fear is there, that is why i realize religion is not good for the civil society if mix within government. I dont understand… Read more »