Hinangaan ni Vice Ganda ang paninindigan ng PBA player na si Arnold Van Opstal tungkol sa LGBT+ community.
Sa pamamagitan ng bagong feature ng Instagram na “questions,” nakatanggap ang GlobalPort Batang Pier player ng tanong na, “Are you part of the LGBT+?”
Sagot ng 26-year-old athlete, “My brother is 'gay,' a lot of my good friends are 'gay.'
“However, I am 'straight.
“The whole game of labeling sexuality is a joke.
“Preferences are preferences, love is love, and everyone deserves to be their own authentic selves without having to fear the judgment of others.”
Kasunod nito ay nagpahayag din ng saloobin si Van Opstal tungkol sa isyu ng homophobia sa larangan ng sports.
Aniya, “I feel like athletes are not doing enough to address homophobia that is very apparent in sports due to fear of judgement set by their peers and coaches.
“Equality comes from all aspects not just race and I'm happy to stand up for equality.”
Ayon pa sa dating varsity player ng De La Salle University, “It's 2018 there's no space for ignorant assholes.
“Judging someone by their sexuality is as ignorant as judging people by their skin colour or religion.”
Diin niya sa huli, “All homophobes and racists can go fuck themselves.”
Nabura na sa IG story ni Van Opstal ang post na ito.
Ngunit mapapansing isa ito sa mga napili niyang highlight para sa kanyang Instagram profile.
VICE REACTS. Samantala, nagpasalamat naman ang Kapamilya star na si Vice Ganda sa pahayag ni Van Opstal.
Ni-repost ng gay TV host-actor ang post ng PBA player at sinabing, "First time I encountered a Filipino athlete boldly spoke about LGBTQ+ and homophobia.
“Thanks Arnold Van Opstal (@arnoldvanopstal)!!! I hope everyone including your fellows in your sport see this post.”
Gumamit din si Vice ng hahtags na “#StopJudgment #StopHyprocricy.”