The current worldwide pandemic is really shining a light on people's ugliest true colors.
Leo Molloy, a restaurateur from New Zealand, showed his after saying gay people "spread the virus" and heterosexual bar-goers weren't susceptible.
His apology leaves something to be desired.
Molloy's self-defined "staunch and robust, or even lacerating" speech has followed him around for quite awhile:
"If you're a straight white man with no moral compass, HQ is the owner-approved watering hole for you. The rest of… https://t.co/0tBSABtgWX— Max 🏳️🌈 (@Max 🏳️🌈) 1589493369.0
Why is Leo Molloy so obsessed with Gay people? It’s his go to. Also is he trying to say every Labour and Green vo… https://t.co/PRv9OGyKSv— Richard Hills (@Richard Hills) 1589539815.0
Leo Molloy is a show boating rich prick who likes the limelight & thinks any publicity is good publicity. But he's… https://t.co/IsuIpxXhyi— Chloe Ann-King (@Chloe Ann-King) 1590051754.0
Shut the menace to civilised society down....Why I'll never go back to Leo Molloy's HeadQuarters https://t.co/vtJNC1tcoS— Wetini (@Wetini) 1589579122.0
But Molloy, who owns Auckland's "HeadQuarters" bar, has denied vehemently that he is homophobic.
"I understand I can be acidic in the way I talk, but I am not homophobic," he told Stuff.
"We have always supported the rainbow community, spiritually and in business, so I struggle with that comment—if anything, I'm homophiliac."
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When talking about why he believed his bar was safe to go to during the outbreak, Molloy said:
"We're not talking about a subterranean gay bar on K road where people swap DNA in the middle of the night and other materials."
In other unrelated news at some point someone's going to smash all the windows at Headquarters and Leo Molloy is go… https://t.co/58I40nfBtb— absolute scenes (@absolute scenes) 1589741570.0
It’s great, is it not, when first class entitled wankers like Leo Molloy just keep giving everyone reasons to know… https://t.co/b6LHJWXZyw— Mr. Kiwi ⧖ (@Mr. Kiwi ⧖) 1589702337.0
Has Leo Molloy replaced Don Brash as the annoying white man that gets to have unquestioned opinions, or do have we… https://t.co/G7LvG3fODa— Michael ''Keep Simon'' Richards (@Michael ''Keep Simon'' Richards) 1589795495.0
Sadly homophobic rants are alive and well - latest from Leo Molloy Headquarters Viaduct Auckland. https://t.co/NlFjuyXoDU— QRD Aotearoa NZ (@QRD Aotearoa NZ) 1589421548.0
The owner of Viaduct bar Headquarters has told express that his perceived ‘anti-gay bar’ comments were “taken out o… https://t.co/i6D2l8NPN3— express Magazine (@express Magazine) 1589775929.0
"I have work to do to make it up," Molloy said, adding to expressthat he would probably extend a 30 percent discount to LGBTQ+ bar-goers.
But his apology is still lacking.
"I express myself, and there are members of the media that have an agenda to do me harm, I can understand that because I don't pull punches — the difference is I don't hold grudges, I move on."
And Tamihere still believes women and homosexuals are ‘less than’ ?? Leo Molloy is homophobic, again... remind me… https://t.co/IRR8cddZkB— Tracey (@Tracey) 1589497476.0
Leo Molloy is a homophobic little bully with an anger problem and embodies everything that is wrong with the "kiwi… https://t.co/IbBThoCA94— f*male b*tch (@f*male b*tch) 1589316331.0
@hamishpricenz Really? You think that Leo Molloy, a guy who has on multiple occasions accused gay bars of being cor… https://t.co/qANKSaVpbN— Dey (@Dey) 1589697296.0
Everyone should boycott this cock. Auckland restaurateur says his level 2 guests won't spread a virus. "We're not t… https://t.co/MguNkRjkVi— Sound of Sugar (@Sound of Sugar) 1589495992.0
Again, can people stop suggesting that homophobes are closet gays. They are just bigots, and no I don't want Leo Molloy batting for my team.— whitey mcwhite from the northshore 👦🏻 (@whitey mcwhite from the northshore 👦🏻) 1589541762.0
Molloy's "apology" rings empty for many in the LGBTQ+ community.
This virus, which has already inspired racism and xenophobia across the globe, cannot be allowed to give voice to bigots. We all have work to do.