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Monday, April 5, 2010

Floyd Mayweather blows it: Should've denounced Filipino hate speech

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"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."

Martin Luther King Jr.

This quotation explains then why I can say that I love not only misguided man Adam Carolla but misguided man Floyd Mayweather Jr. as well.

Hate is a dead and empty thing and I, for one, am not ready to be entombed.

But, if ever Mayweather had a chance to wear the good guy's hat, it was when the attention starved Carolla went into his Podcast litany of hate on Manny Pacquiao specifically and all Filipinos generally.

Mayweather could, should have, stood up and said, "That's not right. That's a voice of ignornace, of stupidity and of pure hatred. The target's race, creed and color does not matter but that message is a toxic one."

Mayweather had the temerity, the nerve, the utter gall to mention himself in the same bated breath as societal changemakers Malcolm X and Dr. King but I guess L'il Floyd limits his trailblazing to the tiny issue of random bloodtesting.

In Mayweater's America, is it permissible to deliver hate speech as long as it is limited to Filipinos?

Maybe Carolla preempted Mayweather by praising him in his volcanic rant, starting off with calling Money May "a rich guy, a smart guy" and taking his side on the drug testing issue.

Why should I contradict such a genius, maybe that's how Mayweather looks at it, I don't know. Sort of an America for the earlier arrival Americans bonding experience.

You may be certain Mayweather's lips will be flapping overtime starting Saturday night on HBO when the 24/4 shillathon begins for the May 1 Shane Mosley bout. I'm betting Floyd does a Pacquiao rant when the meter is running, ka-ching, ka-ching.

Mayweather looms large only on random bloodtesting issue, it seems (Hogan Photos/Golden Boy)

You can take all the remarks that Carolla made about Filipinos and you can cross out that nationality and write in "Jews" or "Irish people" or "African Americans" and the end result is still a volatile and venomous stew.


It would have been a brilliant move for Mayweather, a member of a minority group long held in the sickening bonds of slavery, to take the high road and pull Carolla's coat in a firm but gentle manner, to say to one and all that there really is no place in America for such hatred.

It might even have boosted ticket sales and PPV revenues for his bout against Mosley but that would have been an incidental benefit from such a righteous move. from taking such a moral stand.
Separating God and Mammon, it would have been a great tactical maneuver by Mayweather.

I'd have to say the Filipino-American lobby is weak, disorganized or both.

Imagine the howling from the Jewish Anti Defamation League, the NAACP or Irish groups had it been their ox who was gored by simpleton Carolla.

There would've been weeping and gnashing of teeth and rightfully so.

Carolla huddles under the wide umbrella of the First Amendment. But there are limits, you can't yell "fire" in the proverbial crowded theater.

I am reminded of the attempts to define pornography.

As Justice Potter Stewart once said when asked to define pornography, "I know it when I see it."

I think it was Potter Stewart, I know it wasn't Potted Plant.

So it is with hate speech, I know it when I hear it.

Enough time has been wasted on Lilliputian Carolla. His "humor" makes the old Chuck Barris "Gong Show" seem highbrow.

The best way to respond so his garbage is to ingore his Podcast and any other project, be it TV or film, that he might be associated with.

Personally, I'm done with the tiresome topic.

Carolla made a tepid apology on Twitter, a twerp with a tweet.

He called Pacman "a great fighter" but that means little from a "sports expert" who confuses Pernell Whitaker with Meldrick Taylor.

I can beat this dead horse no longer but I want to close with a heartfelt emails from one of Carolla's targets,a Filipino who did not make chicken bones part of his Easter service.

I wasn't a target and public figure Pacquiao is not beyond critcism. But hate speech diminishes us all.

You can feel the pain of the people who were hit by this unwarranted verbal attack.

This email comes from Vin Perez in the Philippines:

sir, on behalf of my countrymen, i would like to thank you for "taking our side" on this issue. i strongly feel that mr. carolla is trying to become controversial to gain notoriety hence popularity in the showbiz scene. you're right, sir, this guy's a washed up comedian who always plays second fiddle to everyone who works with. he's becoming such an ass only shows that he's much worse than the people he is lambasting on his podcast.

if it isn't too much, sir, i hope you can tell this guy to just shut up especially on matters he knows nothing of. first off, manny pacquiao is popular in this country because he's not only given the filipino people pride whenever he battles on the squared circle, he's also very generous in giving out assistance to his constituencies. and while not necessarily agreeable to pacman's running for a seat in the philippine congress, somehow, it is his own decision to make and his own money to spend, so whether its right or wrong, its for the people to decide come the elections on may this year.

to be accused of being a nation of whores is something that we filipinos will not agree on because most filipinos abroad, the US included, has many filipinos working doubly-hard. filipino workers are well-known for their passion in their work as well as their talents so to be typecast as a nation of whores is something that we will not tolerate.

the filipino people thank you, sir, for coming to our aide. we hope that adam carolla will end his tirades with the filipino people. i hope he realizes he is not funny at all. actually, i want to lash out at the guy via this email but that would only make him correct. we filipinos may not have the same privileges and wealth as any other country have, but we have our hearts and our being hospitable to show for.

thank you for your time and may God bless you.


vin perez from the philippines

Having just come from Europe, where I saw hardworking Filipinos working in London and Copenhagen restaurants, toiling as maids in the hotel in Denmark and being busy worker bees in the Kastrup, Heathrow and Charles DeGaulle airports, I know that this is no nation of whores.

Well said, Mr. Perez, well said.

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