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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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76.

stan    

This is how most black men think. Which proves most of them have no brains , little education & a HUGE criminal record!

293 days ago
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ganjie    

when your "belief" is not true..do we still have to respect it? its like saying the earth is flat...must we respect idiots who think that way, or attempt to teach them. they are slowing down all human progress.

293 days ago
78.

static    

He reflects the majority of people's opinions in the world on homosexuality so take a midol and deal with it.

293 days ago
79.

JCL    

I chose to be persecuted and bullied all my life!?! What a stupid uneducated opinion. The man is probably on the DL, most black men are.

293 days ago
80.

Spacebuddhist    

While Evander Holyfield may not have a disability, he does have an illness. He's allergic to saving money. #itstrue

293 days ago
81.

DaFlava men savor     

Evander would know cause it worked for him ....both times isnt that right Evander baby

293 days ago
82.

Tolerance    

OK- But did the girl, Luisa, also get scolded for sharing her views?

293 days ago
83.

Tate    

Witch hunt much, TMZ?
I agree with equal rights but everyone has the right to their religious beliefs!!! Muslims also feel being gay is a choice -- write a story on that!

293 days ago
84.

Anthony    

He keeps talking about having a disability and getting it fixed. He should start by fixing his speech impediment.

293 days ago
85.

Jennifer    

No surprise. Black people are always homophobic.

293 days ago
86.

w    

The gay brigade is already forming teams and is on the phone with anyone who will listen, must attack Hollyfield..MSNBC has Rachell Maddow enroute to the smoking mountain with Obama's face carved on the side ..will commence biggest gay meeting ever.

293 days ago
87.

DirkDiggler    

Butt Pirates are not part of the natural order. -C. Darwin

293 days ago
88.

chucklehead    

take his comment with a grain of salt. judging from his life he has nothing to brag about. people in glass houses should not throw stones.

293 days ago
89.

Dirttrack00    

Gay, queer, ***, lesbian or however they wanna be addressed is wrong point-blank-period. Look it up in the bible.

293 days ago
90.

Derick F.    

Maybe he should return to Georgia and continue to drive his beat up dodge neon around like he has been doing.... And yes it really is a beat up ride.

293 days ago
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