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Evander Holyfield Made An Ass Of Himself On ‘Celebrity Big Brother UK’ With Some Terribly Dumb Comments On Homosexuality


holyfieldLet’s start by saying, no, we have no idea why Evander Holyfield is on the British version of the Big Brother reality show. He’s from Alabama. But regardless of how Holyfield got on this show, the four-time world heavyweight boxing champion may find himself off the air soon, thanks to some truly clueless comments on homosexuality, and compounding the issue with an even worse excuse.

Holyfield’s comments were made to fellow cast member Luisa Zissman while the two were… laying in bed? What is this show about? Anyway, Zissman asks Holyfield is there are any gay boxers, and little did she know that she was opening a Pandora’s Box of stupidity. Here’s the transcript:

Evander: What would be good about it? That ain’t normal.
Luisa: We shouldn’t have this conversation. No, let’s not have this conversation, it won’t be good.
Evander: The bible lets you know, that’s wrong, that’s right.
Luisa: That’s just the way some people are.
Evander: No, it don’t make no difference. If you were born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do, you go to the doctor and get it fixed back right.
Luisa: It’s not about being fixed, it’s about… that’s just the way that you are.
Evander: No no no no no, you mean to tell me…
Luisa: I really don’t want to have this conversation.
Evander: I’m not mad, I’m just saying…
Luisa: You don’t understand, I don’t think it’s an appropriate conversation to have in this house, honestly.
Evander: All I’m trying to tell you, you know how handicapped people are born, you can’t say because they were born that way…
Luisa: You can’t compare, of course you can’t compare someone that’s gay to someone that’s handicapped, it’s not a choice.
Evander: Yes it is a choice, come on, that ain’t the way nobody is made.

Watch the exchange below:

Afterwards, the show’s producers actually pulled Holyfield into the confessional room and reprimanded him for using “offensive language” and expressing views that “will be seen as offensive to many people,” which is the first time I can remember seeing a television show call out one of its cast members on the air. Mediaite has that full video here.

Nearly as bad as Holyfield’s comments, which only the most clueless homophobe could agree with, was his excuse: “I was just telling her my opinion… it’s not like I would mention to anybody else.” Evander, you know that you’re on television, right? Just because you’re snuggling in bed doesn’t mean all those cameras and microphones (and you do see all the cameras and microphones, don’t you?) can’t see and hear you.

There’s been a ton of backlash against Holyfield, and frankly he’s not doing a stand-up job of representing American celebrities over there in jolly old England. Funny, I could have sworn boxers were known for their eloquent communication methods and not for beating the shit out of people. I’m sure the producers didn’t see any controversy coming when they signed this guy up.


  • Anonymous

    This article uses about every other sentence to condemn the content of Holyfield’s speech. Regardless of whether his opinion is the “right” opinion to have, its his opinion. I don’t happen to agree with Holyfield, but I did find it interesting last night on TMZ he was polling at 40% agree, 60% disagree. So, while many of us disagree with Holyfield many of us do not disagree with him – so who decides what is right or wrong about opinions?

    I think those condemning Holyfield for having a view shared by many millions of others are being as dense as Holyfield’s comments were.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.

  • Anonymous

    I hope there is a backlash against this CREEPY “culture of critique” ORWELLIAN BS. This is blind dogma.

  • lee

    I agree and further more what is Jim bloody Davidson doing in there..this is the man that use to do his chalky jokes on national .t.v. And as a black man growing up in the 80s and dealing with racist comments on the streets. I found his chalky accent and racist jokes offensive..BUT THAT’S MY OPINION..Evanders comment regardless how stupid I might think they are. Its his opinion.

  • Mina Moffo

    The told the truth, and everyone knows it’s the truth.


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