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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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elpablo    

By the way, BB UK may want to believe in their imaginary fantasy land that Holyfield's views are not the opinions held by the majority, but it would behoove them to consider how homosexual "marriage" has never been legitimized through a vote by the PEOPLE. Idiots!

202 days ago
107.

I just wanted to comment    

The thing is, Phil didn't say that gays can be fixed like a cripple can. With certain handicaps, once you're handicapped, that's it, it's forever. Phil was bible quoting but he didn't explode, he calmly answered. Holy field said things in a worse manner. Then again, it's his opinions and he's entitled to them. At the end of the day I'm for free speech, just Holyfield's words sounded extremely uneducated.

202 days ago
108.

KJRawX    

This is what this world has come to today! U can't even voice ur opinion anymore without someone getting but hurt! No pun intended!

202 days ago
109.

KJRawX    

This is what this world has come to today! U can;t even voice ur opinion anymore without someone getting but hurt! No pun intended!

202 days ago
110.

AllieFrid    

What a caveman. We don't have time for this in the year 2014. Yuc!

202 days ago
111.

chicago_animal     

Doesn't matter whos right or wrong. All talk like this does is effect your image.

202 days ago
112.

ED    

**** u. ***gots burn in hell

202 days ago
113.

PhawqUSay    

F*ck gays. We don't have to accept their perversions. F*ck BB, too!

202 days ago
114.

Mvega87    

Good for them, they should have taken him aside and scolded him. He was doing a disservice to humanity and also to his religion as that's not the official stance of his religion. He can try to use his religion to justify his negative feelings, but he should absolutely be called on it because that's most definitely NOT his religion's stance on it.

202 days ago
115.

P Red    

I can't handle anymore of this gay mess! Seems like gays have more rights than everyone else! They can say and do what ever they want and soon as someone disagrees with their screwed up beliefs they get put on the chopping block! Smh prayer is needed for them for they are completely lost!!!

202 days ago
116.

DetroitRocks    

What does the bible say about having 500 kids that you dont support Evander?

202 days ago
117.

BSname    

Congratulations TMZ it is 5 days into 2014 and you already have your first “homophobic” scandal!
Will you continue to feign shock in 2014, as you did in 2013, to discover that many Christians find homosexuality a sin? Seriously ? What would have them do if their religion tells them that homosexuality is a sin? My guess is that you want them to adopt a “Don't ask don't tell” policy.
At least come out and have the balls to say it.

202 days ago
118.

YorkieLuv    

Are they sure about this.. "In fact, "BB" producers called Evander's comments "inappropriate" because they "aren't the views that are held by a large section of society." " If this was true the States would not be forcing the Gay Marriage issues.

202 days ago
119.

spock    

spock believes it's a mental illness and btw evander is top 10 alltime great

202 days ago
120.

TMS    

I think the producers are way off if they think those aren't the views held by a large section of society. I think that large section of society is just smart enough to keep their opinions to themselves. Just because someone is nice to you and doesn't call you a f@g to your face, doesn't mean they're not thinking it or that they like you or agree with your lifestyle.

202 days ago
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