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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. The only reason she back peddled is because of the backlash she got. She probably expected more support, but it didn't come. If she had gotten support, she wouldn't be issuing an apology, she would be making speeches against gays. Now she is making faux amends due that her popularity and legacy are in jeopardy. She knew exactly what she was saying when she said it, she isn't a teenager who doen't think about what they say.

    Posted by: CB | Mar 20, 2010 7:44:14 PM


  2. She's just apologizing for what she said, but she still says she doesn't believe gay couples should adopt. It came out wrong she said. So i don't forgive her.

    Posted by: chuy | Mar 20, 2010 8:02:12 PM


  3. Well, I just don't see much of an explanation as to why her opinion would have changed. And it's not like she said Fag or something: she said kids would be better off dead then adopted. It's less cynicism and more a seeming lack of motivation for her to suddenly change her mind on such an extreme view.

    Posted by: occono | Mar 20, 2010 8:19:34 PM


  4. I think someone should shoot the fat cunt right between the eyes.

    Posted by: Harry | Mar 20, 2010 8:25:16 PM


  5. There is always space for redemption...let us hope that in her case it is true and not one caused by the effect her ignorance may have on her pocket book and record sales...a bit skeptical though...

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Mar 20, 2010 9:10:42 PM


  6. Yes, she apologized but said she doesn't support adoption by a gay couple...

    Posted by: davemx | Mar 20, 2010 9:49:45 PM


  7. So she made the homophobic statement in a setting with significant mass media presence, but she'll apologize in a disco, where there will be no serious media and the attendees are likely to be totally politically unaware?

    Even if they eliminated all charges, the environment smacks of being chosen so as to ensure that most of her straight fanbase never ever hears of it.

    Posted by: David | Mar 20, 2010 9:55:47 PM


  8. Vaca ignorante!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Mar 21, 2010 2:26:50 AM


  9. Bullcrap on any apology she has to offer.
    I hate when people say cruel and hateful things and then "apologize" when they are called out on it or people respond in a bad way. If she didn't mean what she said, then she wouldn't have said it in the first place.
    She is only sorry because people are rightfully responding to her like the hateful bigot she is, nothing more than that.

    Posted by: Zach | Mar 21, 2010 2:30:08 AM


  10. This is the same woman who in a recent interview said she has performed for drug lords and that they are "very refined people for whom she has a lot of respect."

    I think that puts her lack of perspective in perspective. Anyone who would extol the virtues of criminals and murderers in one interview--yet say a homeless child should die rather than be taken in by a gay couple in another--is an absolute idiot and hypocrite.


    La pendejez no conoce fronteras.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 21, 2010 6:56:24 AM


  11. So she makes an apology in which she basically says that poor people are ignorant bigots and she is one because she grew up poor?
    I think the guys who called her a cunt called it. Hope no-one shows up to her gig.

    Posted by: Morten | Mar 21, 2010 7:38:45 AM


  12. Matthew R says it best in his post:

    "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."


    ps. I would never accept her apology, but because I don't know who the heck she is, and chanced are she will never "make-it" now in the USA, whatever she does and says is just useless information at this point.

    Posted by: Corey Mondello | Mar 21, 2010 8:25:48 AM


  13. More than just homophobic, this woman comes across to me as mentally unstable. She might be sincere in her purported remorse, but does it matter?

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 21, 2010 10:47:36 AM


  14. she deserves NO forgiveness. You cant put the cat back in the bag.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 21, 2010 11:37:36 AM


  15. How did she have such a sudden conversion? her agent told her it would be bad for her finances. She is a fat pig Mexican Anita Bryant.

    Let her wrestle in a guacamole pit with Maggie Gallagher.

    Posted by: Pete | Mar 21, 2010 1:22:00 PM


  16. How can one say they'd rather have their child be killed than be raised by two homosexuals, and then claim that they have gay friends and then have the audacity to say, "I don't have anything against anyone." She meant what she said at the beginning, and no apology or claims of friendship can ever take that away.

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 21, 2010 1:46:31 PM


  17. I was a huge fan of Paquita.
    My favorite song was "3 veces te engane." I cheated on you 3 times. The first because I was angry, the second was a whim and the third was for pleasure.

    Her music is fun and campy, but her apology is useless. First of all, I read it and I am convinced her publicist wrote it. It simply is not the way she speaks, at all.

    The fact that she is a regional Mexican singer (very successful) and the blogs in English have picked up the story is powerful. She is hurting from the Latino communities and the LGBT community have disowned her. This hurts her pocket and this is what the apology is about. When she takes sensitivity training and starts making real amends, then and only then, might I buy another of her CD's. Not!

    A good thing has come out of this though. People who think the same way she does, now have an opportunity to examine their erroneous thinking and become enlightened about their views and feeling about gay people.

    Posted by: truthteller | Mar 21, 2010 6:50:37 PM


  18. Um the donkey is already out of the shed.
    Too Late Cholita.

    Posted by: lgwolf | Mar 21, 2010 11:08:08 PM


  19. Too late, the damage is done. What little career this bitch had is gone. She is just apologizing to salvage her career. The apology is NOT sincere and not accepted.

    Posted by: Erick | Mar 22, 2010 12:56:20 AM


  20. She only apologized because it affects her career. If "'the majority' of her friends are gay" she must be a back stabbing son of a wet bitch to talk like that about them!

    Just another ignrnt hota from messyco.

    Posted by: Art | Mar 22, 2010 2:39:49 AM


  21. @ ART
    CUT THE RACIST CRAP!.

    "she must be a back stabbing son of a wet bitch to talk like that about them!

    Just another ignrnt hota from messyco."

    It's not messyco, it's Mexico, and it is a wonderful country with rich traditions and contributions to the world. You are ignorant and you have no class. If you want to be respected, then learn to respect others.

    And it you want to call someone an "ignrt hota," (ignorant she-fag,) you should learn how to spell it, because it reveals your ignorance. Google is your friend, and so is spell check.

    Posted by: truthteller | Mar 22, 2010 4:57:53 AM


  22. @ Eric
    Paquita has a huge career. The world is much bigger than your surroundings. Although I've been very critical of her and won't support her career any longer, I find your comment arrogant. Very typical of people who think the world revolves around them.

    Posted by: truthteller | Mar 22, 2010 5:01:00 AM


  23. With all the rabid comments on this blog, why is she any different?

    People say things that they really never meant to say.

    Forgiveness is a sign of charitableness.

    Posted by: Sami in Vancouver | Mar 22, 2010 5:28:50 AM


  24. The only way I would think she was sincere in her apology is if she took a job assisting gay couples adopt in Mexico... THEN I might think she actually truly meant her apology... some half-baked show at a gay-disco to apologize does not ring true... she has to try a little harder to convince me that she can so radically change her position in such a short time and really truly feel it. I am with those that think she is simply doing a publicist inspired 'fix it' to salvage her career...

    Posted by: CKNJ | Mar 22, 2010 10:33:13 AM


  25. @truthteller
    Yes the fucking world revolves around me asshole. I bet most people didn't even know who this cunt was before all this happened. And from what I why know and heard, this bitch is only famous for bashing men in her songs. A one note wonder.

    Posted by: Erick | Mar 22, 2010 11:41:02 AM


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