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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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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.

207 days ago
242.

ezwater    

Babies don't come out of guy's butts, so it is true that being gay is a form of mental retardation. Their brains are not wired to make babies, which is a big flaw. That being said, it cannot be cured by a doctor and is not a choice.

207 days ago
243.

STFUP    

""BB" producers called Evander's comments "inappropriate" because they "aren't the views that are held by a large section of society.""
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How ridiculous! The notion hat EVERYONE must agree with 'the majority' on issues like this or be shunned/shamed is ridiculous! What ever happened to independent thought?

207 days ago
244.

shellee    

Are you people FOR REAL?? Im british & we are NOT homophobic at all we are extremely tolerent - gay people have won british big brother several times I dont think we would have voted for them if we were homophobic,its your bloody american celeb whos making these comments! NOT the brits!!!! so get your facts straight idiots!!!

207 days ago
245.

J    

Love you Holyfield!!! That's BS that your article suggest he should apologize.. For what?? The truth?? Being gay is a choice and a sin.. End of story.. You gays are really starting to disgust me. Before I felt it was a choice but I respect peoples choices if they choose to sin for we are all sinners in some way but for gays to keep saying and thinking there is nothing wrong with that act clearly there is something wrong with gays. It's like someone who chooses to be a klepto or thief but thinks stealing is ok and not a sin.

207 days ago
246.

J    

I know gays that don't agree with gay marriage so does that make them homophobic homos??? STUPID!!

207 days ago
247.

J    

Yeah because denying the fact that there is a sun and moon and stars that nobody can explain how they got here and how we breath air and all the complexities of the human being and how an egg and a sperm create life and how all these unexplainable things allow atheist to still believe that there is no higher power. A higher power has to exist because you exist. You could not be writing and breathing is there wasn't an entity way bigger than yourself. Atheist are delusional and unappreciative, just like gays. Gays are only formed or made by a man and a woman making love. Call it God, Allah, Mother Nature or whatever but you being alive is proof there is a God..

207 days ago
248.

Hell's Belle    

This article could have done without the last two paragraphs. They read like a soundtrack from some bible thumping rally. Incredibly corny! Who writes this stuff?!?

207 days ago
249.

Modernliving    

Isn't Harvey Levin supposed to be a lawyer? Lawyer should probably be in parenthesis. Either way he should be embarrassed by allowing these lackey blog posters to keep calling this an issue of freedom of speech. You people have a 3rd grade concept of freedom of speech. Also, why is this POV only when it comes to spewing gay hate? None of you used this argument when covering Paula Deen's controversy. Harvey needs to grow a pair and gain at least a little self respect. Stop being such a gay Uncle Tom.

207 days ago
250.

TuxThePenguin    

right. like people CHOOSE to be ostracized by this (and others) idiot!!!

207 days ago
251.

J    

If straight people didn't have sex.. Gays would never be born. Gays only exist because of heterosexuals

207 days ago
252.

Mark    

Crazy world we live in.
So you can go on Big Brother and spout off racist hate, attack people physically, molest people, get drunk, ********* with multiple partners. But if you say homosexuality isn't natural or that it can be fixed the producers will haul you out and reeducate you.

I don't think ANYONE needs producers of a reality tv show tell us about morality.

207 days ago
253.

Kestrel    

Because he's a stupid Christian that only knows how to set aside his pious feelings if it involves making money. Obviously, he can't manage to learn that people are just born the way they are.
Shop your Jesus-hate elsewhere. The rest of us want to live freely.

207 days ago
254.

bill    

Square peg square hole, round peg round hole, that simple!

207 days ago
255.

jimos    

religion a dangerous method of mass controll that subdues destroys and inhibits free thought :)

207 days ago
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