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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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allme822    

The guy that said "thats all hes been exposed to" about Holyfield is right. Some people arent exposed to other lifestyles or ethnic backgrounds and are afraid of what they dont know. They've only IMAGINED and HEARD things about certain kinds of people and cant get past the craziness they created in their own minds. However, I think as gay people speak out regarding their right to have what everyone else has (which i agree with) they should afford all others the right to voice their opinion, no matter how stupid it may sound. We dont have to decide if Holyfield is right or wrong about what he said. He just said it... HIS right to voice HIS opinion on this subject. LIVE and LET LIVE PEOPLE!!

258 days ago
302.

Sai    

When will celebrities learn that in this day & age, you COMPLETELY have the right believe & say whatever you want to about the gay community BUT keep in mind not everyone will agree with you on the matter and WILL express their feelings about it. Holyfield is entitled to his opinions but know your audience man. His sega genesis game was the sh*t back in the day, just saying...

P.S. His son using the whole "I have a gay relative in law" defense is just sad but gotta help your dad out in any way you can on the matter I guess...

257 days ago
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annmarie    

So, gays can be cured?.do you punch them in the jaw like the poor pregnant horse,who tried to buck you off?? hey,your phone is ringing,its Mike Vick,wants to know if you want to hang out.

254 days ago
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STUNT ROAMER    

Comments like this can ony lead to violence against gay people, further harassment and isolation. This Evander gave a show of prejudice and brutalism that I profoundly abhor.

65 days ago
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