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Evander Holyfield

Rips Gays on Big Brother UK

It's a Choice and Can Be Fixed

1/5/2014 10:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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010514-evander-holyfield-launch-3Evander Holyfield told a housemate on "UK Celebrity Big Brother" that being gay is no different than being handicapped ... because a doctor can fix both ... and was immediately SCOLDED like a child by "BB" producers.

Holyfield made the comments Sunday -- during his first week in the BB house -- when reality star Luisa Zissman asked him if there were any gay boxers in the sport.

Holyfield -- a deeply religious Christian --cited the bible and said homosexuality is NOT a choice ... but rather something like a "handicap" ... something doctors can fix.

Zissman respectfully disagreed with Evander ... and it seemed the two were ready to move on with their lives ... when Evander was taken to a private room, where producers RIPPED him for expressing his beliefs.

In fact, "BB" producers called Evander's comments "inappropriate" because they "aren't the views that are held by a large section of society."

Holyfield says he understood that his comments could be considered offensive ... but never apologizes.

This whole situation reminds us why we revolted against England ... so we could have the freedom to express our religious and other beliefs ... no matter how offensive.

As bad as Evander is .. the show is being RIDICULOUS. Didn't they they learn anything from the A&E/"Duck Dynasty" debacle??

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uruseless    

If you believe in god then you can easily believe anything.

261 days ago
227.

Rammstein    

It is big brother UK, not big brother USA so if they rip him a new one because he was offensive than that is their right to do so. And as it is not the USA but the UK, the A&E issue is not an issue IMHO.

The UK does not allow bigoted comments on their TV shows and in the UK there would have been a backlash against the show if they had not berated Holyfield.

261 days ago
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Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

Here in London we have freedom of speech. But, people like Mr.Levin forget,you can say whatever you like ,whenever you want,however you want. However, you cannot do this if it deemed to incite hate, violence or anarchy. As a hetero guy, I saw Evander on B.B,was annoyed at his comments, then just ignored him for the rest of the show. We dont have to like each ,but we do have to respect each other.!

261 days ago
229.

uruseless    

Anyone wish to explain or comment why there seems to be an exceptionally high number of black tranny prostitutes, compared to whites?

261 days ago
230.

Not So Ignorant    

Whether it's a choice or not two consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want with each other as long as it's safe.

261 days ago
231.

HillbillyHell    

"Deeply religious"....my a**. Dude has fathered five kids from five different women (that he's not married to).

261 days ago
232.

Tristan Thorne    

It's sad Christians like to cherry pick the Bible. How many times has he been divorces?

1 Corinthians 7:10-11 ESV / 268 helpful votes

To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

261 days ago
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jimos    

This whole situation reminds us why we revolted against England ... so we could have the freedom to express our religious and other beliefs ... no matter how offensive. As bad as Evander is .. the show is being RIDICULOUS. Didn't they they learn anything from the A&E/"Duck Dynasty" debacle?? You fought agianst religious oppression but you are now using that religon to oppress uour own people and the rest of the world.. Britian and europe will always be ahead of america on equality. we are a more secular

261 days ago
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krystalmk    

omg when will retards like this get it through there head its not a choice its something your born with and no its not like being handicapped not even close why can't everyone just accept gays for who they are there not hurting no one they just want the same respect that straight people get is that so hard to ask for

261 days ago
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jimos    

welcome to the united kingdom of great Britain. please remember. we do not tollerate racism religonus extremism ( INCLUDING CHRISTIANS) bigotry or any other discrimination in our society. this is just one of the many reasons that the uk and the rest of western europe will always be a fairer just and equal society. america makes out that it is a beacon of freedom and equality but in reality it is no better than iran or russia. you expect developing nations to gove equal rights to people but you dont even have them yourself.

261 days ago
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Bob the Builder3000    

Freedom to express your beliefs is not the same as freedom from being bitched out by producers for saying something ignorant. He freely expressed his beliefs, they freely expressed theirs.

261 days ago
237.

DCMB    

Its his opinion and he's entitled to it and has the right to express it. Lighten up fruit cakes.

261 days ago
238.

Truth    

BIG BROTHER IS FULL OF SH*T... WHY IS HE ON THAT LAME SHOW ANYWAY. OOOOOH, HE GOT CALLED INTO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE. RAP MY KNUCKLES GAY BOY... PRODUCER SOUNDS GAAAY. #TRUTH!!

261 days ago
239.

Lisa    

I wonder how many of the homophobes commenting here have had sex with someone before marriage? Seeing as your god says that's a sin too...
Also I thought your god told you to 'love thy neighbor'? Some of the comments here are the opposite to that. And what about your god being the only person who can judge another?
Oh and your god says it's ok to have slaves.
So, do you believe everything written in the bible?

261 days ago
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Ginger    

I don't know what's more unsettling: his uneducated stance or the robotic labeling of his comments as "inappropriate" simply because they "aren't the views that are held by a large section of society." Really, there is no good anywhere to be found in this whole "celebrity quotes the Bible/gets slapped on the wrist for saying something unpopular" pattern. It's dumb and cowardly all the way around.

261 days ago
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