Justin Bieber has been criticised by politicians from the Philippines after mocking the Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao was knocked out during his bout with Juan Manuel Marquez at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, earlier this month after one vicious blow from the Mexican in the sixth round ended the fight.
The singer has since uploaded two photoshopped images of the fighter knocked out cold in the ring to his social networking site.
One of the images features The Lion King character Simba, standing over Pacquiao probing his motionless body in a scene eerily reminscent from the Disney movie.He also added the caption, “Dad wake up.”
Another featured Michael Jackson’ famous leaning poses from the Smooth Criminal video, mirroring Pacquiao just before he hits the floor, with the words, “Manny are you ok? Are you ok, Manny?” added too. You can check it out below.
Filipino natives have threatened to ostracise Bieber from the country unless he apologises for his actions. A statement has been released from seven members of the Philippines Congress saying, “Mr Bieber should have known that the Hon. Pacquiao has reached his stature as such as a result of sheer hard work, determination and a firm belief in God, and despite (sic) such stature best exemplifies humility and grace even in defeat.”
What further antagonises the incident is that Bieber is close friends with Pacquiao’s nemisis Floyd Mayweather. Do you think that Bieber should apologise? Did you find the images funny? Do you think he should be forced to fight the boxer?