Statement Regarding Manny Pacquiao's Recent Comments

Asia Society has always been dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening ties between the people of Asia and the rest of the world. Last year we honored Manny Pacquiao as an "Asia Game Changer" because of his generosity and devotion to improving the plight of those living in poverty, and for his efforts in fighting human trafficking in the Philippines and beyond. Our global network was united in supporting him for this honor.‎

That said, Mr. Pacquiao's recent comments about homosexuality are an affront not only to our global mission but to any understanding of dignity, diversity and the embrace of all peoples, regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation. While we recognized Manny Pacquiao for his good works, we condemn and abhor these remarks which have no place in the public dialogue.