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Paquita La Del Barrio Schedules 'Apology Event' at Gay Disco

Mexican singer Paquita La Del Barrio, who outraged many last week with an interview in which she said that she would rather see a child die of hunger in the street than be adopted by a gay couple, is now sorry for her remarks, the L.A. Times reports:

Paquita "The singer's apology event, set for Tuesday afternoon, will take place at Spartacus, a huge gay disco in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, the sprawling Mexico City suburb sometimes referred to as 'Neza York.' The singer is a longtime friend of the club's owner. In one interview since the controversy erupted, Paquita said her comments were rooted in her 'poor education' and small-town upbringing. (She isn't called Paquita la del Barrio -- or, 'Paquita from the 'Hood' -- for nothing.) In another short interview, she told reporters that 'the majority' of her friends are gay. 'I don't have anything against anyone,' Paquita said."

Paquita's original interview, if you missed it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's always nice when someone gets educated and/or changes their mind and/or is shamed into making amends, but how could anyone accept her apology? Her comments were so SPECIFIC—she's rather a kid die than be with a gay couple? That's not a little PC oopsy.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Mar 20, 2010 3:24:26 PM

  2. She shouldn't be apologizing at a disco, but rather at a dinner table with gay and lesbian couples and their children. Plus, is hosting a disco event really enough to come back from the hateful comments she made? She needs to meet some gay parents and perhaps then she will begin to truly regret the horrible statement she made. Keep in mind though that this woman is not the only one on either side of the US-Mexico border who feels similarly that children are better off dead than with gay dads or lesbian moms. Personally I feel that children are better off in gay homes than fundamentalist homes, but that is just me.

    Posted by: Steve Ribisi | Mar 20, 2010 3:27:03 PM

  3. This is NOT about Gay rights.

    This is NOT about "special" rights.

    This is about EQUAL rights.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Mar 20, 2010 3:31:42 PM

  4. ...too late you fat cunt!

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 20, 2010 3:41:42 PM

  5. I think she meant to say that the she LOST the majority of her gay friends.

    Asking forgiveness for such a statement is even more shocking than making it in the first place. Will anyone accept her apology?

    Posted by: kevin | Mar 20, 2010 3:43:16 PM

  6. Oh fuck all of you still on her case.

    She admitted she was wrong and sounds like she learned something.

    Good for her.

    Posted by: Ronny | Mar 20, 2010 3:46:05 PM

  7. Make sure that the "disco" is dank and dark--somewhere out of the way and full of aging queens who are drinking themselves to death. Ya know, something to convey a strong sense of confident pride.

    Once again, I guess piss ignorant people get a pass for saying and doing highly unethical things...because they don't know "no better", huh?


    Posted by: TANK | Mar 20, 2010 3:53:11 PM

  8. And she should be taking responsibility for what she said rather than attributing it to her upbringing. Though it may explain it, it doesn't excuse it. Just like people killing other people in any manner of greusome ways because they have beliefs about the inherent evil or inferiority of those people that are false...explains it...don't excuse it.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 20, 2010 4:04:30 PM

  9. Fantastic. The more she learns about us, the more accepting she will be. And her public apology will no doubt fall negatively on some ears, but hurray for her willingness to open her mind, and her heart. I hope for good things from this.

    Posted by: Pre-Read | Mar 20, 2010 4:10:00 PM

  10. wow. the comments on this site never fail to surprise me, and most of the time not in a good way. what the fuck happened between last week's hateful remarks and her 'planned' disco apology? i'm guessing she had concerts cancelled, or saw some sales drops, or received hate mail or all of the above. this has NOTHING to do with REALLY being apologetic. Not after only one week. This has everything to do with her purse. That disco ought to be completely EMPTY that night, in a show of solidarity for all the bullshit and fake 'nice nice' we have to put up with daily. This woman showed herself to be a hateful cunt. It's going to take a hell of a lot more than a night at the disco to make that go away.

    Posted by: casey | Mar 20, 2010 4:19:05 PM

  11. Ronny, nobody changes such, uh, strong views after a few days. This is motivated by money somehow.

    Posted by: occono | Mar 20, 2010 4:31:33 PM

  12. So, the commenters on here are angry, which I get, but in response to someone's wishes to deny gays their rights, they use the word cunt and bitch? For real, guys? How can you expect anyone to help us fight homophobia if we insist on being misogynists.

    Also: motives aside, an apology is an apology. I don't care why she took it back, only that she did.

    Posted by: Travis | Mar 20, 2010 4:31:55 PM

  13. I find it hard to believe that she had a change of heart in only one week. No one changes a lifetime of beliefs in such a short period of time. This is obviously damage control for her career. As far as I'm concerned, anything she says will just be lip service. Nothing more.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Mar 20, 2010 4:37:25 PM

  14. Damage control.Did it find out most of it's fans are gay?Too late,you already said what you really thought.She hates gay people & children.

    Posted by: john | Mar 20, 2010 4:52:31 PM

  15. Really Occono? You know this for a fact?

    Well if that's the case why didn't that lady that owns "El Coyote" resturant in LA appoligize for her support of Prop 8? She threw the "I am gay friends" line and expected everything to be just peachy.

    Sickens me that you all are such jaded bitter people that will not allow her to have her say.


    Posted by: Ronny | Mar 20, 2010 4:58:09 PM

  16. As STEVE RIBISI suggested, her apology should be in person with Mexican GLBT organizations and press there. She should explain that she has a "change of heart" and will now lead a NATIONAL MEXICAN ORGANIZATION that will educate people in the country about equality and that she will personally speak out and fight against homophobia in Mexico due to ignorance and self-loathing hate.

    She should be using that famous quote from Mexican Indian President Benito Juarez:

    "El respecto al derecho aheno es la paz"

    "Respect for the rights of others is Peace"

    Otherwise, a "disco" with loud noise will simply mean nothing.

    Posted by: FunMe | Mar 20, 2010 5:07:07 PM

  17. I don't get the continued anger here. She admits what she said was wrong and ignorant. I'd say that's a win. Is a disco the best place to do it - no. Is it much better than no apology at all - hell yes.

    No one except the lady can say whether she is sincere. It doesn't matter - what's public is that she's doing it. Enough. Move on.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Mar 20, 2010 5:45:43 PM

  18. I forgive her.

    Posted by: Vince S. | Mar 20, 2010 5:58:19 PM

  19. I don't care if she admits it was wrong and ignorant! It still doesn't change the fact she said it in the first place.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Mar 20, 2010 6:01:41 PM

  20. Just a couple of days ago she did an interview where she complained about how unfair it was that she was be "attacked" for "her opinion". She did not mention that her opinion was wrong or that she was sorry or remorseful for what she said.

    Some of you would have believed and forgiven Hitler if had had left a "Whoops, my bad" note behind in the bunker.

    TRAVIS, do you get this bent out of shape when people call male jerks "dickhead" or "asshole"? Do you consider these terms misandristic and those who use them "man-haters". Sometime "cunt" and "bitch" is just a term to show disgust with a person who is female just as "dickhead" and "asshole" are used to show disgust with a person who is male. Stop being such a pussy. Oops, I'm sure you'll have something to say about that too.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 20, 2010 6:05:59 PM

  21. Since when does a gay disco represent the general gay population? I just think this is an insulting tokenistic gesture designed to get a headline. The gay disco stunt is an insult, if the music they play isn't already.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 20, 2010 6:24:37 PM

  22. So...this apology at the disco: is it free? Oh, let me guess - there's still a cover, the bar is still cash and she gets a percentage. This is NOT an apology. It's another way for her to make money while appeasing her gay fanbase. For those of you who are SO offended that some people are still pissed, THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE: is this REALLY an apology? Are WORDS JUST ENOUGH? How about some ACTIONS. Ya stupid fuckin' bitches.

    Posted by: wtf | Mar 20, 2010 6:41:02 PM

  23. this bitch just found out who brought most or her recording and all of sudden her poor upbringing is to blame. dumb bitch what she said can't be taken back so now it is back to the barrio.

    Posted by: walter | Mar 20, 2010 7:09:02 PM

  24. I wonder how many of you who are so quick to forgive and forgive are parents yourselves. It seems to me that if you aren't a gay parent then you aren't in any position to determine if this woman's apology is sufficient or not. It strikes me as being akin to a white person determining if an apology for a racial slur is sufficient, or a straight person determining if an apology for a gay slur is enough, or a man (TRAVIS) determining if an apology for a misogynistic slur is enough.

    As a gay full-time parent myself, I can assure you that you will find few of us who think her publicity stunt is sincere or sufficient, especially considering that she was playing victim of the mean gays for attacking her "opinion" just YESTERDAY.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 20, 2010 7:40:48 PM

  25. "forgive and forgive" = "forgive and forget"

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 20, 2010 7:41:56 PM

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