GAYWEATHER – Time to stop using this homophobic slur

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been likened to "Frozen'"s Olaf and "Big Hero 6"'s Baymax

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unrelenting defense against the aggressive moves of Manny Pacquiao has been credited for his wider-than-expected victory over the latter during their boxing fight last May 3. His defensive techniques however did not sit well among many observers, including former champion Oscar dela Hoya who described the bout as “underwhelming.”

Filipinos were especially more condescending of Mayweather, with some likening him to Disney characters Olaf (from the movie “Frozen“) and Baymax (from “Big Hero 6“) for what they perceived as his propensity to “hug” Pacquiao. Another fan-made meme shows pictures of Mayweather during the fight with captions taken from the lyrics of the Britney Spears song “Sometimes” (Sometimes I run, sometimes I hide …).

But perhaps the worst insult hurled at Mayweather, mainly by Filipino netizens, are negative insinuations about his sexuality. The undefeated American boxer has been taunted as “Gayweather” for many years now, initially for his refusal to fight Pacquiao (the negotiations went on-and-off since 2009) and now for his widely-panned performance during yesterday’s fight.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been likened to “Frozen'”s Olaf and “Big Hero 6″‘s Baymax

“Gayweather” is a homophobia-inspired slur that everyone has to stop using. It is a taunt based on the deeply-held stereotype that gays are cowards and unwilling fighters. Filipinos are no stranger to these insults, as evidenced by the lines “Magpakalalaki ka!,” “Walang bayag!,” “Parang bakla!,” among others.

Despite the perception that the Philippines tolerate members of the LGBT community, a 2014 study by the United States-based Pew Research Center found out that 65% of Filipinos actually view homosexuality as unacceptable. The stereotype that gays lack courage is not only unfair – it is also downright wrong. What many people do not realize is that members of the LGBT community are often stuck in life circumstances where great courage is needed to survive.

First, they need to accept within themselves their true sexual orientation. Gays and lesbians cannot possibly seek acceptance from their family and the society unless they are at peace about it or is in fact in denial about it. Total self-acceptance  cannot be achieved by people who are not brave.

Being accepted by one’s family is also very essential. After all, getting accepted by your community won’t mean much if your family is merely “tolerating” your sexuality.  Fighting discrimination from others is tough, but to be rejected by your own family because of who you love is hard to live with.

Now having said all of that, it is clear that using “gay” as an insult to coward people is totally unacceptable.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

1 Comment on GAYWEATHER – Time to stop using this homophobic slur

  1. True…mas matapang pa nga ang mga gays sa tunay na lalaki na iniiwan ang mga anak o ang pamilya samantalang may mga gays na sila ang umaaruga sa pamilya nila at mas matindi ung mga gays na may mga anak na binibigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga anak…

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