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In what probably isn’t the pinnacle of success, former heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield is currently a houseguest on UK Celebrity Big Brother and recent comments could have him in hot water.

During a conversation with houseguest Luisa Zissman, in which she asks if there were any gay boxers, Holyfield stuttered as if he was in shock that she would ask such a question.  Zissman then went on to say that being open about sexuality was good “because it was normal”.

But Holyfield didn’t share the same sentiments. “That ain’t normal.” The 51-year-old then added, “If you were born and your leg were turned this way – what would you do? You go to the doctor and get it fixed back, right? All I’m trying to tell you, you know how handicap people are born.”

Needless to say, those comments didn’t sit well with a lot of folks. Including Boy George.

“Who was homophobic on CBB?” the Culture Club singer tweeted. “Shame, I had such admiration for Mr. Evander Holyfield. He seemed dignified and I was sure he was a cool, smart, giant!”

According to The Guardian the network could be investigated by British broadcasting watchdog Ofcom. The organization told the newspaper that it received several complaints and is still considering whether to open a formal investigation.

During the show Holyfield was reprimanded by the producers and was told,  “While Big Brother understands these are the views you hold, they aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society, and expressing these views will be extremely offensive to many people.”

The producers added, “Big Brother does not tolerate the use of offensive language and must therefore warn you to consider very carefully the effect expressing such views may have and the harm and offense you may cause by repeating these views inside the house.”

Boy George had a few last words to give Holyfield.  “I think anyone visiting this country for any reason should be cautioned and forced to swear allegiance to ‘Queens & country!!” he tweeted. “At customs there should be a huge sign! Welcome to Britain, racism, sexism, homophobia and bad hair are not tolerated!”

I’m sorry, Boy George must be talking about a different Britain. Last time I checked racism, sexism and homophobia was alive and well over there also.

Holyfield’s son, Ewin Holyfield told TMZ: “My dad is the most loving and caring person you will ever meet. He treats everyone like a human being…even if they are homosexual.

“My dad feels that being gay is a choice…and naturally that’s how things work. You cannot procreate and make a baby with two women, or two men. But at the same time, my dad is not going to judge someone for their sexual orientation.”

Ewin added that Evander’s former brother-in-law is gay, but that his father had a good relationship with him and treated him like family.

 

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  • Eric Clapner

    Hollyfield is correct, being gay isn’t normal. Stating that does not make him a homophobe. Criticizing gay people isn’t homophobic. Why cannot being gay be criticized? Gays certainly are not sacred. Obviously they simply cannot take any criticism.

    • yolanda

      what would be homophobic then?

  • Buttons

    For the record, white people have said everything under the sun about black people including that we are not “normal” and that we need to be “fixed”.

    But, the issue is about Holyfield’s personal moral views and beliefs, which he should be entitled to express. If he did anything wrong it was the way that he expressed them; he could have been more tactful and articulate with his words.

    I am very interested in seeing people’s response when pedophilia– or as it is referred to as “minor-attracted persons’’– is decriminalized and becomes morally acceptable as homosexuality (as we speak the B4U-ACT organization is seeking to “normalize” pedophilia.) I imagine there will be people trying to make sense out of that. Lord, help us….

  • TR

    I agree with you here. It is one thing to want tolerance. But tolerance by its very nature is “putting up with” something. It is not agreement or endorsement. You can’t ask for tolerance and then get upset when one doesn’t agree or see it your way.

    Here is a thought. Reporters should be more mindful when they are asking questions related to homosexuality. Reporters ask questions about homosexuality to people who have no history or connections to Gay related issues. Or better yet they pose those questions to people they know have differing views in hope of having a “gotcha” moment and creating controversy.

    People have a right to have biased (and downright bigoted) views. If they volunteer that information in a public forum, then they deserve the push back. But if they are asked a point blank question they should answer it honestly and we shouldn’t be surprised.