Evander Holyfield Anti-Gay Remark Slammed
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has shocked television viewers after claiming being gay "ain't normal".
The 51-year-old was disciplined by Channel 5 following a conversation he had about the lack of openly gay sports stars on Celebrity Big Brother.
The Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman told Holyfield: "I think it's really bad that no one stands up and says it in the sports industry."
Holyfield, who famously had part of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson, asked her: "What would be good about it?"
When Zissman replied: "I think it's good to be open like that because it's normal", Holyfield said: "But that ain't normal."
The American attempted to explain his comment by saying "the Bible lets you know there's wrong, there's right".
Zissman, 26, said: "That's just the way some people are born."
Holyfield replied: "It don't make no difference. If you're born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do? You go to a doctor and get it fixed back right."
She tried to coax the retired boxer into changing the subject, telling him: "I don't think this is an appropriate conversation to have in this house."
Holyfield was then ordered to the Diary Room where he was told by the programme-makers: "Before you entered the Big Brother house the rules regarding unacceptable language and behaviour were explained to you.
"Last night in a conversation with Luisa you expressed the view that being gay was not normal and that it could be fixed.
"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.
"Do you understand why?"
Holyfield replied: "Yes I understand why. I thought I was just, I forgot about the thing. I was just telling her my opinion but it's not like I was going to mention (it) to anybody else. It was just our conversation."
But the former boxer did not apologise for the comments which have caused outrage on Twitter.
Openly gay singer Boy George tweeted: "Shame, I had such admiration for Mr Evander Holyfield, he seemed dignified and I was sure he was a cool, smart, giant!"
Many people have called for Holyfield to be thrown out of the house.
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