Mexican boxer Dario Larralde has apologised for a video he shared earlier this month in which he called gay people “a plague”, and admitted he supported Hitler’s extermination of LGBT+ community.
In the video, which has since been deleted, Larralde goes on an extensive rant in which he reiterates his hatred of gay men:
“Fucking gays, I have a fucking phobia…everywhere I go, there’s always a fucking gay punk on the corner watching me. And I hate it. Why me? I’m a fucking magnet for the gays.”
“Everything your community does, everything you do, everything you represent, pisses me off. I will never accept it.”
The video shows the boxer inciting violence against gay men:
“You tell them ‘no’ and these guys get fired up, dude! And there they are right behind you, trying it like ten times until you fucking beat the shit out of them, they won’t understand.”
He later finds common ground with the fascist Adolf Hitler, who killed tens of thousands of LGBT+ people during the Holocaust.
“And you can’t even hit them because they start with ‘Well, I’m gay!’ Gays fucking piss me off, they piss me off. I know that Hitler was a bad person, but I do support him in that.”
The video concluded with Larralde saying:
“Fucking gays are a plague. They piss me off, they make me sick, I will never understand them. I hate them.”
Following the circulation of the hateful video, the Mexican Olympics Committee distanced themselves from the boxer and clarified that Larralde will not be representing his country at 2020 Olympics:
“The Mexican Olympics Committee denounces the homophobic statements made toward the LGBT community by Dario Larralde, who is not part of the national boxing selection.”
As Larralde received criticism for his comments, he released a video in which he apologised for his rhetoric:
“I offer a huge and sincere apology. I have nothing against lesbians, nothing against transgender people. I have nothing against gay men.
“I don’t hate gays. I’m not homophobic in that sense – and that word ‘homophobia’ is bad. Everything I said is bad.”
He did, however, suggest there was validity in his claims after he alleged multiple instances of harassment from gay men:
“It is something that I don’t tolerate and that is what bothers me about the gay community. I’ve only encountered gays [sic] who harass and they don’t understand that I don’t bat for their team, or that I have a girlfriend. It’s not fair.”
Following his initial comments, the Mexican boxer attracted a fanbase of alt-right homophobes who offered their support to the disgraced boxer. Their presence perplexed Larralde, who could not understand why his homophobic rant would attract neo-Nazis. In another Twitter video Larralde outlined his confusion:
“What’s up with these people? They keep saying: ‘The gays are a plague, we have to exterminate them, I want genocide, I want to kill everyone.’ What the fuck? What’s up with that? I never said that. If you want you can go watch the original video. All I said was ‘Hitler was a bad person, but I agree that gays are a plague.”
“Then I said that I hated them like seven times. But I explained. I was pissed off that day, the temperature of things got hot, and then I was harassed that day. I explained it.”
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