Accommodation

Detail of 'Lucifer', by Franz von Stuck, 1890.

There is some murmur and buzz going ’round this week because a professional boxer said something mean about homosexuals:

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is backtracking after claiming that “it’s just common sense” that homosexuality is a sin against nature, after having earlier asked whether anyone has ever “seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?”

He initially claimed that animals were superior to people — or members of the LGBTQ community, at least — because “if you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relations] then [you] are worse than animals.”

(Kaufman)

To the one, it is, indeed, discouraging to find ourselves this far into the Gay Fray only to be reminded just how badly we’ve retarded the societal discourse in order to accommodate conservatives who really, really need some kind of warm fuzzy by feeling smarter than they are.

To the other, Manny Pacquiao gets punched in the head for a living.

Thus, we would beg mercy for the professional brute as a disability accommodation; it is unfair to expect Manny Pacquiao to be intelligent.

On the upside, it does set a standard. The professional fighter might be thrashed to stupidity, but that speaks nothing of other bigots. So, yeah, you know, when you hear someone talking like this, feel free to ask them about their disability, that you might, in the American spirit, seek to provide some reasonable accommodation.

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Kaufman, Scott Eric. “Manny Pacquiao, boxing legend and Phillipine Senate candidate, denounces gay people for being ‘worse than animals'”. Salon. 16 February 2016.

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