The former heavyweight boxing champion, told a housemate on “UK Celebrity Big Brother” that being gay is no different than being handicapped because both can be fixed by a doctor.
Holyfield’s views came Sunday when reality star Luisa Zissman asked him if there were any gay boxers in the sport.
Holyfield took the bait and yes and further opined was that homosexuality is “not normal,” that it makes no difference if you’re born that way. “If you are born, and your leg is turned this way, you go to the doctor and get it turned right back,” he said.
Miss Zissman seemingly tried to end the conversation, but Holyfield wouldn’t let it go and repeated restated his analogy to physical disabilities, and said that homosexuality was a “choice.”
“You expressed the view that being gay was not normal and could be fixed,” a stern voice says off camera. “Whilst Big Brother realizes these are the views you hold, they are not the views held by many people in society, and expressing these views will be seen as offensive to many people.”
Holyfield explained that he’d forgotten about the rule (although Luisa did try to remind him), and was just telling her his opinion.
“Big Brother does not tolerate the use of offensive language, and must therefore warn you to consider, very carefully, the effect expressing such views may have, and the harm and offense you may cause by repeating these views inside the house,” the voice replied.
Basically Holyfield said he understood that his comments could be considered offensive, but never apologizes.
Hey, if Phil Robertson didn’t, you might ask, why should he? Well, we’ll see. So far GLAAD hasn’t responded … yet.