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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Adam Carolla say sorry to pacquaio, Filipinos

Source : www.yahoo.com

After making harsh comments about Philippine boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and the boxer's home country last April 1, Adam Carolla has apologized to the Filipino people through Twitter.

"Read your comments. Sorry if I offended many of you. I don't pre-plan my commentary. I try to be provocative, (and) funny but I crossed the line & I'm sorry."

After the tweet, Carolla praised Pacquiao on another tweet entry, saying, "By the way, I think Manny is a great fighter."

Filipinos expressed outrage at Carolla's statements against the champion. The Italian-American DJ who hosts "The Adam Carolla Podcast Show", called Pacquiao among other things, "illiterate" and someone who "prays to chicken bones."

The comments were made after a caller on the podcast asked what Carolla's reaction was to Pacquiao's refusal to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s call for a drug test.

"All you...got is just an illiterate guy who won't give up blood who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people? That's all you have as the Philippines? Oh they are so proud of their native son. They think the world of him. When he comes home, he comes home to a hero's parade. He's gonna run for congress in the Philippines and win handily. "

Carolla continued his tirade, this time making hateful comments towards the Philippines and Filipinos.

"Really, you want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don't you get your **** together?...Get your **** together Philippines. Jesus Christ. I mean, again, it's fine to be proud of your countryman but that's it, that's all they got? What happens when he loses, what happens when Floyd Mayweather beats him? Then what? The whole country goes into depression? Jesus you got nothing going."

Filipino-Americans then organized an online petition to demand a public apology from Carolla. The petition said Carolla's comments were "unnecessary, hurtful, and erroneous." The petitioners further stated that Carolla failed to recognize that Filipinos and Filipino-Americans have significantly contributed to the betterment of the United States and the world.

"We have worked hard to achieve our American Dream, and you have no right to denigrate us like this, merely to get attention."

As of this post, there are 947 signatories supporting the petition, which also declared a boycott of Carolla's program. Reaction to the statements have also appeared on Facebook. Fan account "Filipinos unite against Adam Corolla" have drawn in the most Facebook members at 850.

The petitioners have not made any statement yet on the apology on Twitter as of press time.

Carolla is no stranger to facing criticism. In January 2006, Carolla called the work of Asian Americans a "joke," eliciting the ire of the Asian American Justice Center, while in 2003 he called Hawaiians the "world's dumbest people".

Adam Carolla is a popular figure in the word of stand-up comedy in the United States and was a contestant on the reality-television show "Dancing With The Stars." He was the longtime comedy partner of Jimmy Kimmel who, ironically, has had Pacquiao as a guest on his talk show, "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" twice.

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