Former boxing champion Evander Holyfield landed himself in hot water with the producers of the reality show “Big Brother UK.” Holyfield caught heat when he and another housemate were having a conversation about homosexuality and his comments were deemed offensive.
Holyfield began a discussion with his housemate Luisa about homosexuality. The boxing champ compared homosexuality to being handicapped and said a doctor could cure both. The whole conversation started when Luisa asked Holyfield if there were any gay boxers that he knew in the sport. Holyfield did say there were some gay boxers, but he then began to express his unpopular opinion.
Holyfield, who is very religious, told his housemate that homosexuality is not a choice, but rather something like a handicap that can be fixed. Luisa calmly and respectfully disagreed with his opinion and they moved on from the conversation. However, the producers of the show called Holyfield into the confession room and scolded him for sharing his religious beliefs.
The producers of “Big Brother UK” told Evander Holyfield that his comments were inappropriate because his views ”aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society.” While Holyfield did acknowledge that his comments could be seen as offensive, he never apologized.