Latest Anti-Gay Celeb: Evander Holyfield
Says homosexuality can be cured
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2014 9:27 AM CST
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(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."

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Ucantusethatname
Jan 8, 2014 6:37 PM CST
To be pro-heterosexual is not necessarily anti-homosexual.
BeatBlaster
Jan 8, 2014 12:47 PM CST
Pretty interesting how Groupthink can be seen from such a broad point of view. What I learned in Psych classes actually opened my eyes to how hypocritical our society is. One moment we're all about freedom to do as we please, the next we're all about suppressing the ones with whom we disagree. Won't be much longer before the freedoms we so supposedly cherish are taken from us and we're actually OK with it. Disgraceful.
jamescraig2000
Jan 8, 2014 9:19 AM CST
What dictates the law of attraction? Why are people attracted to opposite vs same gender? Or even in opposite physical attraction ie men who want a more voluptuous girl vs an athletic slender, blond vs brunette. Are we born with these attractions? We have decided that we cannot dictate or interfere in these attractions and to accept them as to not offend. Do I believe in gay shaming? no. Do I believe all who practice homosexuality are born that way, no. Men and women have confessed to dabbling and even having relationships for curiosity and indulgence sake. Not because they are compelled by an inherited attraction beyond their capacity. I would venture in a religious view to be more accepting of it. Meaning that God knows that these children of his are born this way for a purpose. Why? Is it to teach Christians the same compassion Christ taught of sitting with the publicans and sinners? Are they [homosexuals] to resist and abstain, the test is theirs? However take religion out of it and go atheist evolution I would be less inclined to accept. Why did evolution give you a bad hand in making you attracted to your own gender so as to not continue your genetic line? The question is Why? Many would say silence and accept, your'e not their judge. Well that is not the answer and maybe I won't know the answer.