Evander Holyfield Makes Anti-Gay Comments on UK Celebrity Big Brother

The former heavyweight champion said being gay "ain't normal" on the reality show

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Former heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield has stirred up controversy after airing his feelings about homosexuality on the British reality TV show, Celebrity Big Brother. The series, which features a variety of local, minor and former celebrities living together in a house while being recorded, began on Jan. 3. During an episode that aired Sunday night, Holyfield told fellow contestant Luisa Zissman that being gay “ain’t normal,” is “a choice” and can be “fixed.” He also went on to compare homosexuality to a handicap.

The conversation began with Zissman questioning Holyfield as to whether there were any openly gay boxers and quickly spiralled down from there. Though Zissman made attempts to thwart the conversation after a few minutes, Holyfield continued to share his views on homosexuality. Later on the show, Holyfield was seen being reprimanded by the Big Brother team for using “unacceptable language.” Though he didn’t apologize for his comments, Holyfield indicated that he’d failed to remember his conversation was being filmed.

Britain’s communication watchdog, Ofcom, confirmed that it received formal complaints from viewers who were upset about the comments.

[Guardian]

4 comments
darlplus@talktalk.com
darlplus@talktalk.com

Why can the boxer guy not be entitled to his opinion. Some people mite think its not normal to punch people's lights out for a living. They are entitled!!!!!!!!!!!!

mario.l.hunter
mario.l.hunter

If you believe in the teachings of the bible this should be your belief and with the supposed freedom of speech and religion this shouldn't be an issue. I was taught that it was wrong. Seeing it for myself I felt it was wrong and immoral. Do I have tolerance for them... I do. Their lives don't affect mine until you try and make me accept it. Most of it I believe media driven. His comments didn't come from a place of hate it came from his beliefs


BillDonnelly
BillDonnelly

It's coming to the point that we don't have to track everyone's opinion. He's not running for office, making any policy nor is he noted for his intellect.