Mexican boxer Dario Larralde has apologised after saying he supports Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in calling gay people “a plague.”
In a since-deleted video on Twitter earlier this month, the boxer said: “F**king gays, I have a f**king phobia… everywhere I go, every day, there’s always a f**king gay punk on the corner watching me. And I hate it! Why me? I’m a f**king magnet for gays,” according to Instinct.
“F**king gays are a plague. They piss me off, they make me sick, I will never understand them. I hate them”
— Dario Larralde
He added that he was sorry if gay fans were watching, but that “everything your community does, everything you do, everything you represent, pisses me off. I will never accept it.”
Larralde appeared to recommend violent action to his followers, saying: “You tell them ‘NO’ and these guys get fired up, dude! And there they are right behind you, trying it like 10 times, until you f**king beat the s**t out of them, they won’t understand.
“And you can’t even hit them because then they start with ‘Well, I’m gay!’ Gays f**king piss me off, they piss me off. I know that Hitler was a bad person, but I do support him in that.
“F**king gays are a plague. They piss me off, they make me sick, I will never understand them. I hate them,” he added.
Tens of thousands of gay men were tortured, castrated, imprisoned and killed under the Nazi regime.
“I know that Hitler was a bad person, but I do support him in that.”
— Dario Larralde
The athlete had the phrases “Tokyo Olympics 2020” and “2016 Rio Olympics” in his Instagram bio when he posted the original video, prompting the Mexican Committee for the Olympics to reject his comments and the idea that he had a place on Mexico’s team.
The organisation wrote on social media on December 7: “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.”
Dario Larralde apologises for his anti-gay video
After his video prompted outrage online, Larralde posted another video to Twitter on December 8 in which he denied being homophobic, saying: “I offer a huge and sincere apology… I have nothing against lesbians, nothing against transgender people. I have nothing against gay men.”
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“I don’t hate gays”
— Dario Larralde
He continued: “I don’t hate gays, I’m not homophobic in that sense—and that word ‘homophobia’ is bad. Everything I said is bad.”
Larralde, who said the original video led to threats against him, his family and girlfriend, expressed support for the right of gay people to “progress, have lives and adopt children,” but reiterated his views on gay people and sexual harassment.
“It is something that I don’t tolerate and that is what bothers me about the gay community,” he said, adding that he has “only encountered gays 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.”
The boxer said he was making “a sincere, sincere apology” and that he was glad that “you’re all more accepted now, more supported. I’m happy for you.”
Larralde also told his followers on December 8 he was leaving Twitter. He however posted another video two days later, on Monday (December 10)—the same day he twice used the n-word in an Instagram post—in which he expressed surprise that his pro-Hitler comments about gay people being “a plague” had attracted new fans who wanted gay people to die.
“What’s up with these people?” he asked. “They keep saying: ‘The gays are a plague, we have to exterminate them,’ ‘I want genocide and I want to kill everyone.’
He insisted: “What the f**k? 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.”