Adam Carolla co-hosted The Man Show with close friend Jimmy Kimmel. Ironically, Kimmel hosted Pacquiao twice on his own late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Recently, actor, comedian and host Adam Carolla opened up a vicious salvo on his daily podcast in light of the upcoming match between Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather Jr. and “Sugar” Shane Mosley, as well as the prior role of Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao in making the bout a possibility.

In his podcast he derided the Filipino boxer for not willingly submitting himself to a blood test just a month before the fight date, which was one of the demands placed by Mayweather in their now-aborted encounter. The ensuing disagreement eventually led to the fight being cancelled and a harsh exchange of words between the two camps. Most recently, after taking a defamatory lawsuit to boxing’s “Pretty Boy”, Pacquiao has expressed his favor in Mosley’s skills topping those of Mayweather in their upcoming bout.

So, Adam decided to weigh in on the issue, which would have been okay considering his rights under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Alas, he could not resist taking jabs at not just the reigning “Pound-for-Pound King”, but the Filipino people and the country as well.

He first went after Pacquiao’s refusal to submit to the prefight blood test, and even lambasted his decision to get into politics.

“Pacquiao doesn’t believe, he says, he doesn’t give blood the month of a fight or a week before a fight because somehow it’s gonna weaken him and what have you,” Carolla said in the on-air radio interview, excerpts of which were aired on ANC’s “Dateline Philippines Sunday.”

“I gotta tell you, if that was a white fighter and probably even a black fighter, if the black fighter was from Atlanta or somewhere like that, someone would go, ‘What the f**k are you talking about? Give your drop of blood. That’s not gonna make a difference,” Carolla said.

“But because he’s from the Philippines and because he’s prayin’ to chicken bones and stuff like that, everyone’s kinda like, ‘Well you gotta respect him for his belief system.’ No you don’t. He’s a f****n’ idiot,” the American comedian continued.

“Really, you want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don’t you get your sh*t together?”

Admittedly, I still think Manny allowed himself to be sucker-punched by his political “friends” to even think of trying again for a post he shouldn’t have gone for in the first place. So he had a valid point there. But then it quickly turned nasty from there.

He insulted the Filipino people for their devotion to their heroic native son, and went way below the belt by stating the Philippines was about nothing more than “sex stores”.

“Here’s how you know your country doesn’t have a lot going for it—when everything is about Manny Pacquiao,” he went on. “Get a f****n’ life as a country, all you’ve f****n’ got is this illiterate guy who won’t give up blood who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people, that’s all you have as the Philippines?”

He continued: “They got this and sex tours, that’s all they have over there. Get your sh*t together Philippines. Jesus Christ. I mean, again, it’s fine to be proud of your countrymen. But that’s it? That’s all you got?”

Carolla then wondered if there were really “sex tours” in the Philippines, noting that he would like to be booked in such a tour.

It was his co-host who pointed out that the sex tours are held in Thailand. “Nah, same difference,” commented Carolla.

The co-host even talked about the sex trade in a naval base in the Philippines where “there were lots of craziness goin’ there when the guys are on shore leave. It’s like 20 dollars for the weekend.”

Last night, before I headed back to Manila, I listened to the podcast while at my dad’s place. While I was initially outraged by his comments, especially those taking a swing at the people and the country in general, another blog I came across (Damn, I should have placed it on my blogroll) that same night made me wonder if we were really projecting ourselves to the world as such a backward nation.

Admittedly, graft and corruption is rife in a country blessed with natural resources and an even greater abundance of manpower. For a nation that set the standard for peaceful revolutions, we sure haven’t gotten far in the democracy period after each one.

And while much of Adam’s statements are said in horrendous taste, it does raise an interesting point in how we carry ourselves as the face of an archipelago nation of 7,107 islands located strategically in Southeastern Asia.

I don’t expect to win a popularity contest for what I may say here, but it makes me realize it is high time the humble Filipino do more and be more not just in his own eyes, but in those of the world.

And with the national elections in just over a month, the time to do and be more is now. This will determine whether the next six years will be a period of growth or decline, of hope or despair, of greatness or obscurity. It all begins with our humble ballot, our humble hopes on a select core of talents to make the Philippines the outstanding nation it has been and can be again. We just have to look beyond the veneer exterior, the catchy jingles and the flowery words explicated by these candidates and get to their heart to find who they really are.

As stakeholders in our nation, we have a lot of work to do. Let us make it count.

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Just hours ago, Adam Carolla apologized in his official Twitter page with the following posts:

“Read your comments.Sorry if I offended many of u.I don’t preplan my commentary. I try to be provoctive,funny but I crossed the line&im sorry”

“By the way, I think manny is a great fighter”

Touche, Mr. Carolla. Try staying in the country a few days next time, a little enlightenment never hurt anyone. Thousands of tourists visiting these islands each year can’t be all about the “sex stores”.

*Excerpts courtesy of ABS-CBNNews.com and Twitter.com. For the complete articles, please go to http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/04/04/10/us-comedian-calls-pacquiao-illiterate-bashes-pinoys/ and http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/04/05/10/comedian-says-sorry-pacquiao-filipinos.

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