Retired boxer Evander Holyfield has sparked international anger after publicly airing his opposition to homosexuality.
The 51-year-old athlete, who is currently starring on “Celebrity Big Brother” in the U.K., recently said on the show that being gay isn’t normal, that “it is a choice” and that same-sex attraction can be fixed.
The conversation that sparked international debate — and a reprimand from “Big Brother” producers — unfolded when his co-star Luisa Zissman, an entrepreneur, was chatting with Holyfield about homosexuality and athletics during Sunday’s episode, The Daily Mail reported.
“I think it’s really bad that no-one stands up and says it in the sporting industries,” Zissman said of the failure of some gay boxers to “come out.” “I think it’s good to be open about that because it’s normal.”
Evander Holyfield enters the Celebrity Big Brother House at Elstree Studios on January 3, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Holyfield, though, disagreed.
“What would be good about it? … That ain’t normal,” he said of homosexuality.
From there, the conversation became somewhat contentious, with Zissman noting that she didn’t think the chat should continue. Regardless, the debate progressed. …read more