Latest Anti-Gay Celeb: Evander Holyfield

Says homosexuality can be cured

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2014 9:27 AM CST

(Newser) – The latest celebrity to make controversial comments about homosexuality: Evander Holyfield, whose remarks on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother Sunday night are getting attention. The boxer, responding to a question from a castmate about whether gay people are involved in the sport, responded that homosexuality "ain't normal" and can, in fact, be cured, Radar reports. See, it's like being born with a disability, he explained:

  • "If you were born and your leg were turned this way, what would you do? You go to the doctor and get it fixed back right? All I’m trying to tell you, you know how handicapped people are born? You can’t say because they are born that way you can’t move that."

Producers later told Holyfield to keep views like that to himself, and the show issued a statement: "Evander was told that his views weren’t shared by a large section of society and that expressing those views and the language he used could be seen as extremely offensive to many people. He was warned to think carefully about repeating them. Evander understood and accepted this." Holyfield's son explains his dad's position to TMZ: "My dad feels that being gay is a choice ... and naturally that's how things work. You cannot procreate and make a baby with two women, or two men. But at the same time, my dad is not going to judge someone for their sexual orientation."

In this May 22, 2011 file photo, Evander Holyfield arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)
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