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Manny Pacquiao Barred From 'Extra' Interview at the Grove After Bashing Gay Marriage
LA Weekly ^ | May 15, 2012 | Simone Wilson

Posted on 05/15/2012 9:13:33 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

Update, 8:30 p.m.: Pacquiao is "not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future." Full statement at the bottom.

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Update, 6:50 p.m.: "We're canceling the event," says Grove spokesman Bill Reich. "Manny Pacquiao is not coming to the Grove." And thus the backlash begins.

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Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao and "Extra" host Mario Lopez were blowing up Twitter today about their 3/3:30 p.m. interview at the Grove on Wednesday.

But mall executives tell LA Weekly that the event may be called off.

Pacquiao told the National Conservative Examiner over the weekend that gay men should be "put to death" for their sexual crimes. Yes, he was quoting Leviticus 20:13, but he hasn't backed down from his harsh stance during the negative media storm that has followed. And a post on the boxer's blog says that these are indeed "Manny Pacquiao's official feelings on the subject."

Meanwhile, mayoral candidate Rick Caruso, who owns the Grove, wants nothing to do with the bigotry.

When we called his corporate offices today, Caruso's people hadn't seen the Pacquiao quote. But when we read it back to Galit Shokrian, head of marketing and communications, she said that the Grove likely "wouldn't allow" Pacquiao to be interviewed on premises if he had indeed said such a thing.

Bill Reich, VP of corporate affairs for Caruso (and manager of the Extra account), called us immediately afterward. When we told him what Pacquiao said, Reich replied: "I got to figure this out. That's not good."

There was also some confusion over Extra's official schedule. "We weren't even aware that he's showing up," said Shokrian. Extra's website has Lisa Marie Presley in the 3 p.m. slot.

Although Pacquiao hails from the very religious, conservative Phillipines, he lives and trains in Los Angeles -- an urban, forward-thinking haven for the gay community. For the sports star to announce that he thinks thousands of gay Angelenos should be "put to death" for loving a same-sex partner should hugely alienate him to the locals. Not to mention alienate him politically to President Obama and the United States, whose official gay-marriage stance recently switched to a big fat thumbs up.

One sarcastic Twitter user replied to Mario Lopez: "Since @MannyPacquiao likes to talk politics, might as well ask him why he thinks gay men should be killed."

Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign, told LA Weekly earlier today that "American sponsors are going to have to look very carefully about whether they can continue to pour money into his apparently rather empty soul. Not only does [Pacquiao] live in L.A., he makes a lot of money thanks the United States and sponsors here in particular."

We'll post an update as soon as we know the official status of Pacquiao's interview at the Grove tomorrow. Will Caruso take a stand?

If the boxer does show up, we're thinking a mob of TV news cameras and angry LGBT activists may be there to greet him.

Update: According to the Grove's official statement, Pacquiao is also barred from all future interviews at the L.A. mall.

"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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: boxing; gaymarriage; gaystapo; hollyweird; homosexualagenda; homosexuals; mannypacquiao; mariolopez
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1 posted on 05/15/2012 9:13:35 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

The intolerant left amazes me


2 posted on 05/15/2012 9:16:32 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Beaten Valve

I always liked Manny Pacquiao..I see Extra being taped at The Grove all the time could care less about it, but I see the oh so intolerant left is against anyone who doesn’t agree with their homo loving ways


3 posted on 05/15/2012 9:20:28 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Beaten Valve

Got news for ya, Simone.......no, we don’t think gays should be “put to death” by any means, but if you think being against Obambi’s “thumbs up” to gay “marriage” puts this kid squarely against America.........think again, you airheaded wench.


4 posted on 05/15/2012 9:21:23 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: al baby

“Pacquiao is “not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future.”

For those not from here in faggot L.A., the Grove is an overrated, tourist trap aka it’s a glorified shopping mall. This is like being banned from your local 7-11, and there are countless convenience stores around you.


5 posted on 05/15/2012 9:21:47 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Beaten Valve

The moneyed gay mafia will have this guy apologizing by the end of the week.


6 posted on 05/15/2012 9:22:00 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: al baby

They want progressive boxers, like those that want to eat your children (Tyson was priceless for entertainment alone).

Filipinos are among the most devout Catholic left (and I’m not Filipino); they still have the fire, probably because they are at open war with Islam in their own country (Mindanao).


7 posted on 05/15/2012 9:22:27 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Sarah, the left hates ANYONE who goes against them on ANYTHING..........period.


8 posted on 05/15/2012 9:22:29 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Beaten Valve

“Pacquiao told the National Conservative Examiner over the weekend that gay men should be “put to death” for their sexual crimes.”

There are too few people like Pacquiao that are willing to speak-up a state what the majority believe.


9 posted on 05/15/2012 9:24:07 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: RightOnline

Of course..that is their mentality, attack and trash anyone who doesn’t agree with their politics. Bristol Palin wrote something on her blog about being against homo marriage and she has received death threats..oh the left, so darn tolerant


10 posted on 05/15/2012 9:24:30 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: max americana

I live 10 min from The Grove and agree with you, its basically a huge tourist spot, the movie theater is nice, but other then that not much else to see. The Beverly Center used to be a big hang out spot but but anymore


11 posted on 05/15/2012 9:26:50 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Beaten Valve
Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign, told LA Weekly earlier today that "American sponsors are going to have to look very carefully about whether they can continue to pour money into his apparently rather empty soul. Not only does [Pacquiao] live in L.A., he makes a lot of money thanks the United States and sponsors here in particular."

Any boycott of Pacquiao would fall apart the second he signs to fight Mayweather. The they will be falling over themselves to get in on the action.

12 posted on 05/15/2012 9:29:09 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Beaten Valve

[Boxer Manny] Pacquiao rips Obama’s views on gays
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2883822/posts


13 posted on 05/15/2012 9:29:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

It’s the same driving distance for us too. My GF and I prefer the Americana or Fashion Island/newport Beach etc. I can go on and on. Sheesh, this is L.A. The fudgepackers can’t ban anyone from entering a mall, and there are tons of malls in the LAC alone.


14 posted on 05/15/2012 9:31:09 PM PDT by max americana
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To: kearnyirish2

One of my best buds is a right-wing Filipino, a rarity. I even made a thread about him going ballistic at Union Station when a black woman clerk asked him if he spoke Spanish to assist the mexican lady at the counter who could not speak any English..he just hates it when people think/assume he’s a mexican LOL.


15 posted on 05/15/2012 9:34:10 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Beaten Valve

Ahh tolerance.


16 posted on 05/15/2012 9:34:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: max americana
My GF and I prefer the Americana or Fashion Island/newport Beach etc.

I believe that Rick Caruso also owns/runs the Americana (if it's the mall in Glendale that you're talking about...)

17 posted on 05/15/2012 9:35:18 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: max americana

Its nice meeting someone locally :-) Never been to Fashion Island(I dont have a car so that makes everything difficult) Century City is a nice mall, so is the Westside Pavilion..and your right, the homo lovers can’t ban anyone from going to the mall. I have a new respect for Pacquiao for speaking his mind, about damn time someone say what we have all been thinking
Its hard being a Conservative in LA, everywhere you look you see the hippie freaks driving their Prius’s with their Obama stickers, whenever I see one I want to gag


18 posted on 05/15/2012 9:35:48 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Beaten Valve

Yes, right across the Galleria. I actually like the Galleria but it’s like 1980’s in there LOL


19 posted on 05/15/2012 9:37:32 PM PDT by max americana
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To: headstamp 2
“The moneyed gay mafia will have this guy apologizing by the end of the week”

I seriously doubt it..he's a Filipino and one of the best fighter's in the world don't think gays have much influence on him or his Filipino sponsors...

20 posted on 05/15/2012 9:38:49 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: max americana

That’s funny; a Filipino (American) friend went to Japan on business with some Americans, and the Japanese just assumed he was their driver/porter.

I don’t know they are left-wing, though; they are family- and faith-oriented, which puts them on the right side in many issues.


21 posted on 05/15/2012 9:41:43 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: headstamp 2
“The moneyed gay mafia will have this guy apologizing by the end of the week.”

I don't think so, if for no other reason that the constituents back home won't like it:

“In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.” (from Wiki)

22 posted on 05/15/2012 9:43:10 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I know you’re a local Freeper as I’ve read your posts before :) I am even “walking distance” to where he trains, the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

Yeah, I know how you feel. Everywhere I drive in my neck of the woods, you can’t miss these sickening billboards about AIDS/HIV testing..even tourists are assuming we’re all trannies and assmunchers in L.A. The only reason why I pass by the Grove is it’s close to CBS TV, where I have some “involvement” (to avoid the DU trolls, less info)


23 posted on 05/15/2012 9:44:12 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Beaten Valve
FUG!
24 posted on 05/15/2012 9:49:44 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: kearnyirish2

It’s complicated. They are 100% anti-abortion, pro-gun/defense etc, pro-family. Even the thought of seniors homes in North America where you just dump your parents and have them taken cared of by strangers is sickening to them. Yet based solely on what he told me, they’ll vote in majority for Klownie the Kenyan.


25 posted on 05/15/2012 9:52:00 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

I haven’t been there in years, and now I’ll definately keep avoiding the place.


26 posted on 05/15/2012 9:53:03 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: max americana

I am actually much closer to the Beverly Center but since they are both within walking distance(Since they are both a few blocks apart from each other) when I go there I just walk home, SO much easier then spending 1.50 for the bus. Been to Hollywood a few times, actually passed by a La Raza on Virgil(Sucks that this city is controlled by them and SEIU)
The only good thing about LA, is that MAYBE just MAYBE the LA Kings will win it all(They won again tonight), and God willing the Lakers somehow get their heads out of their asses and advance to the next round, other then that the local media here is run by liberal freaks who whenever they say Obama’s name they get all giddy


27 posted on 05/15/2012 9:54:05 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Beaten Valve
"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."

Some unequivocal cognitive dissonance there...also rather oxy-moronic.
28 posted on 05/15/2012 9:56:33 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: Beaten Valve

I like Packy even more now!


29 posted on 05/15/2012 9:58:55 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 52% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I like The Gumbo Pot. The beignets are pretty good, too.


30 posted on 05/15/2012 10:09:29 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: max americana

I live in Hancock Park- the belly of the beast.


31 posted on 05/15/2012 10:12:20 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: max americana

I guess they’re “compassionate conservatives”...


32 posted on 05/15/2012 10:12:56 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: atc23

Pacquiao just bought a house there..and got robbed, but miraculously, the cops were there at the right moment. You must have hated it when they hosted a fundraiser there for p-resident Jarjar.


33 posted on 05/15/2012 10:15:00 PM PDT by max americana
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To: atc23

I have never eaten there, but I went to their web site, food looks good, will have to go check it out. The only time Ive ever eaten at Farmers Market is when I had Johnny Rockets, thats about it


34 posted on 05/15/2012 10:15:41 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: atc23

Doesn’t our dumb ass of a mayor live in Hancock Park too? I wonder if he’s still banging that news reporter from KTLA LOL.


35 posted on 05/15/2012 10:19:45 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Beaten Valve

way to piss off the Filipinos!! they love manny


36 posted on 05/15/2012 10:22:39 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Beaten Valve

...and yet, libs defend Sharia law....


37 posted on 05/15/2012 10:23:32 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: max americana

Was that him that had his safe broken into? Wondering about that. No one knew who’s house it was. I’ve seen Obama driving down 6th ST. for a fundraiser in 2008. He’s a creepy looking, skinny little fruit.


38 posted on 05/15/2012 10:27:04 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

You live in L.A. without a car ??????
I lived there eight years - you need a car to get to the bathroom. How do you go anywhere?


39 posted on 05/15/2012 10:42:04 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Manny could have been more discreet by just saying he wanted gays to be given the same treatment as given in the Bible about Sodom and Gomorrah. Of course the biblical history about gay relationships is not appropriate for the likes of many/most Hollywood/TV people and apparently many others like Obama.


40 posted on 05/15/2012 10:46:28 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: atc23

“He’s a creepy looking, skinny little fruit.”

And that’s why he mixes very well with the rest of the lib fruitcakes in this town.


41 posted on 05/15/2012 11:00:38 PM PDT by max americana
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To: stylecouncilor

Your old neighborhood ping


42 posted on 05/16/2012 12:05:39 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Sarah Barracuda
I see Extra being taped at The Grove all the time could couldn't care less about it...
43 posted on 05/16/2012 2:31:39 AM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Beaten Valve

He did not bash gay marriage.

Lyin media.


44 posted on 05/16/2012 3:01:13 AM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: Freddd
Manny Pacquiao Barred From 'Extra' Interview at the Grove After Bashing Gay Marriage

He did not bash gay marriage.

Who's that?

Why not?

And

Who cares?

45 posted on 05/16/2012 3:06:06 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Anyone who holds and has defended his title as well as Pacquiao has will NOT back down. He is one tough guy with all the “backbone” needed to take on his opponents.


46 posted on 05/16/2012 4:04:22 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Sarah Barracuda

What a concept. A haven of intolerance can’t tolerate a different opinion.


47 posted on 05/16/2012 4:15:55 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Beaten Valve

Badge of honor for Manny...


48 posted on 05/16/2012 5:16:48 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: All

I hope Manny’s barber is familiar with Leviticus. Along with his wife, his kids, his butcher, his tailor, gardener, and of course his slaves. Because, it’s a-ok to own slaves....right?

/s

Shame on him. He needs to apologize. Or, be prepared to face the loss of many sponsors. I’m surprised so many here are in his corner, pun intended. What happened to hate the sin, love the sinner?

And, aren’t Muslims big fans of putting the gays to death? Just asking.


49 posted on 05/16/2012 8:08:17 AM PDT by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Wait a minute, let me get this right — some dude who organizes his life around his desire to put his penis in another dude’s anus accuses a man who is a hero to his nation, who is a legend in his sport, and whose highest devotion is to a 2000 year old religious tradition of having an “empty soul?” Dr. Freud say: we got some serious projection going on here. The arrogance of the homosexual lobby never ceases to amaze me.


50 posted on 05/16/2012 8:24:40 AM PDT by thanatz
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