(H/T: Angry Asian Man)
After Floyd Mayweather’s epithet-laden anti-racist tirade on UStream last week, Mayweather once again took to his webcam this week. This time, it was to record an apology. Sort of.
Minutes before apologizing, Mayweather (in a “top secret Las Vegas location”) surrounds himself with two Asian women (dressed either as flight attendents or hotel staff). One is Thai and the other Chinese. Mayweather proceeds to act like a fool, even loudly demanding that the Thai woman “speak some Thai”. Then, inexplicably, Mayweather tells the camera that his boxing gym is in Chinatown.
All this, it seems, is to demonstrate to the viewer that Mayweather isn’t anti-Asian. In fact, he loves him some Asian people — so much so as to point out all the Asian people and things around him. Welcome to Mayweather’s version of “I can’t be racist, I have minority friends!”
Then, Mayweather launches into his apology, which starts with more ethnic show-and-tell — this time with his Jewish and Dominican posse members. Given that these guys, in addition to the Asian women, were apparently just standing around waiting to be paraded in front of the webcam, one has to wonder how Mayweather found all these different minority people and got them to congregate for his video stream. What was this: ethnic scavenger hunt day?
Mayweather proceeds to say:
“I do want to apologize for what happened the other night,” Mayweather said. “I want to apologize to everybody. They felt it was a racist comment that came from me. I don’t have a racist bone in my body, you know. I love everybody. Some of my guys are Muslims. Some of my guys are Jews. Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, whites, it doesn’t matter. There is nothing but love in my heart, you know what I’m saying?
“I heard this from a few people. The only thing I want to say is, anybody who was offended by what I said the other day, I apologize as a man. I apologize. Forgive me for saying what I said. I was just having fun. I didn’t really mean it, nothing in a bad way. So let’s stay on this roller coaster ride and keep riding, baby. It’s all love.”
Mayweather also promised the two women front-row tickets to his “Poochie-ao” fight. Which goes to show both that Mayweather’s apology is insincere (since he continues to use that ridiculous nickname) and that it appears like Mayweather needs and wants the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight more than Pacquiao does. Pacquiao keeps moving on and doing fights when talks between the two fall apart; it’s Mayweather who keeps trash-talking without a fight scheduled.
(And speaking of which, why does Mayweather even have time to constantly be video-streaming his life? If he wants to be a reality TV star that badly, he needs to enter into talks with VH1 or something. Or does he not have enough starpower to headline the new unscripted reality TV show “Racist Merriment with Mayweather”?)
I said it last week and I say it again — all this drama is ridiculous. Mayweather needs to put up or shut up: get in the ring with Pacquiao and prove you’re better than him. Otherwise, all this trash-talking hype is pointless, petty and stupid — making it look like you have nothing better to do than throw rocks at a guy online because you’re too afraid to confront him face-to-face.