I absolutely love Trending Topics on Twitter. Obviously, they let people see what has the most buzz surrounding it at any given point. What I don’t like, however, is when I see an intriguing trending topic, but can’t figure out what has actually occurred by reading the tweets associated with the topic.
For example, this afternoon I saw that “Manny Pacquiao” was trending. Now, as much as I am not a fan of boxing, it caught my eye and I was wondering what the athlete did to generate so much conversation. From the massive list of tweets I was confronted with, I was unable to figure out exactly what that was. So, I went ahead and did the work that I usually look for someone else to have already done.
Over the weekend, Pacquiao was interviewed by Examiner.com. In the interview, the athlete was asked about his opinions regarding President Barack Obama’s recent support of same-sex marriages, to which he responded,
“God’s words first… obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man.”
Now, that might not be something that I agree with particularly, but Pacquiao certainly isn’t the only person that feels that way, and it doesn’t seem like he said anything overly offensive to anyone. However, the writer of the Examiner story, Granville Ampong, took it upon himself to suggest that Pacquiao was referencing Leviticus 20:13, a Bible verse.
“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Despite being a Catholic, Pacquiao admitted that he hasn’t even read Leviticus yet, which would make it pretty hard for him to quote the verse. In other words, this blogger for Examiner.com put some very extreme, offensive words into the mouth of Pacquiao.
In the aftermath, The Grove, a shopping and entertainment center in Los Angeles, cancelled an upcoming interview with Pacquiao that was scheduled to take place on the property.
The Grove LA (@TheGroveLA) May 16, 2012
Furthermore, Change.org has been putting a petition together to persuade Nike to drop the athlete as an endorser.
I’m sorry, but aren’t the actions of this journalist defamatory?
I just took my final exam for a Freedom of Expression course last week, so I happen to have the definition handy: