Evander Holyfield Reprimanded For Homophobic Views On ‘Big Brother’ UK

    January 6, 2014
    Val Powell
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Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has ignited controversy on the UK’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ due to his views on homosexuality. Holyfield made inflammatory comments toward gays on Saturday’s airing of the British reality TV show.  He compared homosexuality to a handicap that can be fixed by a doctor.

Holyfield is among the contestants on “Celebrity Big Brother” UK and made the remarks while holding a conversations with fellow housemate Luisa Zissman.

In the conversation, Zissman disagrees with Holyfield and tries to sway his opinion but Holyfield stood firm. Zissman even tries to end the conversation at one point but Holyfield remained insistent in showing Zissman why homosexuality is not a sexual orientation but a deformity.

Holyfield: The bible lets you know, that’s wrong, that’s right.

Zissman: That’s just the way some people are.

Holyfield: No, it don’t make no difference. If you were born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do, you go to the doctor and get it fixed back right.

Afterwards, Holyfield was taken by the show’s producers to a private room where he was advised that his views were not acceptable and it would be offensive for him to continue expressing those views. However, Holyfield still was of the view that he hadn’t done anything wrong but promised to refrain in future.

The remarks generated mixed reactions from the social media with many users expressing outrage towards the 51-year-old boxing legend. However, openly gay Culture Club singer Boy George could not hide his disappointment at Holyfield’s comments. George issued a statement on Twitter saying: “Shame, I had such admiration for Mr Evander Holyfield, he seemed dignified and I was sure he was a cool, smart, giant!”

Though Holyfield is entitled to his opinion, anti-gay sentiments are not likely to go over well with the public. He may want to keep his opinion to himself or risk alienating many of his fans.

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  • BS

    What is alienating fans is that only 2% of this country is gay and every time someone makes a remark about gay people, the media goes crazy. It pisses people off. Everyone and I mean everyone gets insulted in this world. If I wanted to, I could write about a hundred different articles a day about famous people say something bad about someone else. I can write a hundred different articles about gay people being inappropriate. Let’s get real. You ever hang out around gay people. Most are off the chain. Shit comes out their mouths you wouldn’t believe. I can write about straight people being made fun of until the cows come home.

    It is no big deal. I got a question for people. What if in the end, we all find out that the bible is right and that according to a much higher power, being gay is not acceptable? Also, being gay is not as glamorous as Hollywood makes it out to be. In movies and porn, it is always two super hot women going at it. In real life, it is nothing like that. Not even close. It is actually quite gross to see two gay guys go at it.

    At the end of the day, frankly I don’t care if a person is gay. It is not an issue for me and none of my business. Not at all. I just get sick and tired of hearing about gay issues being thrust in everyone’s face. It is actually like feminist issues. Feminists never stop — they even complain about the freaking Big Bang Show — and after a while people get pissed and really don’t care because no matter what you do, tomorrow you will hear the very same woman complaining again. If you wonder why there is such a struggle for gay rights and feminist rights, it is because people get pissed off and just don’t freaking care. Then even when things change, people don’t really change because they are still pissed off.

    It is like this article. I am not saying —- oh those poor gay people. I am saying, My God is someone complaining again? And there are millions upon millions of people out there saying the very same thing.

    • L

      Don’t say “thrust in everyone’s face” in a topic with gays. LOL

  • ne ne

    why do conservatives have to tolerate liberals opinions without rebuttal while liberals believe that only they have freedom of speech? Let Holyfield believe what he wants. He isn’t hurting anyone. So what? No, we don’t all agree. Shouldn’t gays be glad about that? Just like the Chik Fil A thing. Honestly, a private business can run it’s business based on how it wants. Should we all demand that privately owned gay/lesbian stores be run the way we want? Liberals are the most intolerant people ever.

  • http://newbizshop.com Derek

    Why is this even a big issue? O wait, it’s some rich guying saying this. No one does news story on the people at work saying this or people at the local Walmart.

    Geez, next thing you know Evander will be suspended from t.v. lol

    I work with gay’s at my company and I call them my friends because I have worked with them for over 10 year’s. I don’t care what you do or who you do off the clock. You do your job at work and have a sense of humor and nothing will happen.