Ronda Rousey Rips Manny Pacquiao's Anti-Gay Comments

"People use religion as a reason to be against gay people, but there was no 'Thou Shall Not Be Gay,'" Rousey says

Ronda Rousey weighs in on Manny Pacquiao's anti-gay remarks. Credit: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty, Al Bello/Getty

Manny Pacquiao has already been called "a bigoted hypocrite" and "a fucking idiot" for suggesting that same-sex marriage is an affront to humanity – so you'd expect Ronda Rousey to really lower the boom on the former boxing champ.

Instead, when she was asked about Pacquiao's statement that embracing marriage equality makes humankind "worse than animals," Rousey took a more refined approach. Rather than just drop an F-Bomb, she pointed out that many – Pacquiao included – seem to use religion as a way of justifying their views, which is ironic, considering they seem to be ignoring the central message of their faith.

"I understand that a lot of people use religion as a reason to be against gay people, but there was no 'Thou Shall Not Be Gay,'" Rousey told TMZ. "God never said that, and I really think that our pope now is boss. He was saying something the other day that religion should be all-encompassing and should be about loving everyone. And I think people take the wrong message sometimes."

In the same interview, Rousey also discussed the response she received following an appearance on Ellen in which she revealed that she had suicidal thoughts after her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193.

"I feel like there's been an overly negative light on [discussing suicidal thoughts]. It's something real people are going through, not something like a weakness that we should condemn," she said. "It's really heavily affected our family…anything I can do to make sure it affects as few people as possible, I'd be happy to do that."