After coming to the conclusion that some diehard Filipino Pacquiao fans are to blame for the Carolla affair because of how they insulted Mayweather and probably Americans with racist comments, I also realized that people will be looking for proof of this. In other words, the question is valid:
What did he just see?
I decided to look around and see what posts on the Net, or sites discussing such behavior, that could have angered Carolla and his caller.
First, I recall this Youtube podcast by Bruce Blitz, who asked Filipino Pacquiao Fans to stop spouting out racist comments. While Carolla was not the first to react to racist comments, Blitz had a calmer manner. I’m sure Carolla saw this:
As one commenter of this video demonstrated, people tend to believe misquotes. He quoted Mayweather as saying about Pacquiao, “the only reason why he’s popular is because he’s an ethnic minority and from the Philippines so it’s something special. If he was from Africa he would be just another boxer.” But as Blitz said, Mayweather never said this! In this respect, be careful when believing that someone said something, because it may not actually be true!
And how he describes these particular Filipino Pacquiao fans… these trolls… the worst fans in the history of sports. That’s what they are!
Now here’s someone who really trolled on a This is 50 article about the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight:
I clicked on the person’s handle and it showed he was from the Philippines. Tell me this isn’t inappropriate behavior, hmmm?
Here is a common observation, especially on a website like Team Pilipinas. Calling Mayweather “Gayweather.”
In the Philippines, gays are marginalized and subject to scorn and ridicule. Thus, we sometimes use the word “gay” as an insult. Not in America. Gays are able to command respect there. “Gay” can barely be used as a derogatory remark, as you can be brought to court for it. Thus, these postings are seen as racist by Americans.
There’s this blogger who called Mayweather a racist:
Looking at the Philippine flag-colored Pacman image gobbling ghosts decked in the flags of other countries… now isn’t that somewhat racist, or rather, supremacist… and therefore someone may be offended? Or it is at least an arrogant thing to show, with its anti-American message. Well, at least for me.
Of course, my search led me to see more mudslinging like the above, accusing Mayweather of course of being a racist himself. Even if he may truly be one, do we need to stoop down to his level? Aren’t there proper channels to make complaints instead of mouthing obscenities against him in public forums and places? Oh, I forgot… Filipinos don’t believe in proper channels. They believe in street parties.
Of course, you’ll see more of the above in sport, boxing and news forums.
Filipinos are not Racist, you say?
Here is something that a Hispanic wrote to chide racist Filipino fans back in 2005, during the Morales days (partial quote to save space):
RACIST FILIPINO FANS WAY, WAY, WAY, OUT OF LINE!
September 12th, 2005 By RingTalk
HATE MAIL FROM THE ISLANDS PLENTIFUL!
By being both a person of color, and one with a Scandinavian mother, Ive seen various forms of racism in my lifetime. These sentiments have not been limited to here in the United States, where in 1984, I had a Turlock, CA coffee shop owner refuse service to myself and a black trainer. No, Ive felt the vibes of the Klu Klux Klan types in foreign countries as well. As a San Francisco Policeman, I can recall penning at least one hate crime report., AGHAST AT THE ANTI-MEXICAN RHETORIC
The reason I bring this up, is after I wrote the Saturday piece entitled, Pacquiao Wins, But Hell Never Beat Erik, we were inundated with vile, racist, and hate filled email from the Philippines. And before you say, Pedro it was only a few, it wasnt. Within two hours, there were almost 120 comments. Time and again, the Pacquiao backers were so taken aback that anybody would say, Pacquiao Cant Beat Erik, that over 40 of them wrote anti-Mexican verbiage, coupled with profanity so rank it was sickening!…
(Click on link above to read the rest of the article)
OK, want something from our own? Howie Severino wrote about Fiipino Racism. And there’s more, from other reputable sources. We cannot deny that we are also racist, or at least discriminatory.
Thus, we see that there was a reason Adam Carolla reacted as he did. He may have had a wrong choice of words, and acted out of anger. Of course, acting in anger can lead to stupid words and actions. But still, there was a reason. So I stick to my conclusion: Filipinos started it.
If Fiilpino racist fans are like this, then we will continue to see people like Carolla bark loud at us. Time will come when after the bark, comes the bite… and we deserve it.
We certainly don’t know how to handle our unfortunate circumstance of being Filipinos. All we could do is try “to put one over other nations,” but depending on people like Pacquiao to do it for us. And the trolls like those above… maybe our nation should disown them?
As Carolla said… “get your ___ together, Philippines!“