Big Brother versus Evander Holyfield

I quote from the Guardian. I am not making this up. Evander Holyfield had some remarks about homosexuality on a British TV show, about which the usual suspects were seeking a witch-burning.

Big Brother producers verbally warned the former world heavyweight boxing champion about a conversation he had with fellow contestant Luisa Zissman about the lack of openly gay sports stars, which was broadcast in Sunday night’s highlights programme on Channel 5 from 9pm.

The Apprentice runner-up told Holyfield that she thought it was bad that few people speak out about being gay in the sports industry.

Zissman said: “I think it’s good to be open like that because it’s normal.”

Holyfield replied: “But that ain’t normal.”

Zissman then said: “That’s just the way some people are born.”

The retired boxer argued: “It don’t make no difference. If you’re born and your leg was turned this way, what do you do? You go to a doctor and get it fixed back right.”

Zissman tried to change the subject, saying she thought it was an inappropriate conversation for the house.

Later, the Big Brother production team called Holyfield to the diary room to discipline him and remind him of the show’s rules regarding unacceptable language and behaviour.

Big Brother said: “While Big Brother understands these are the views you hold, they aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society, and expressing these views will be extremely offensive to many people.

“Do you understand why?”

Holyfield said: “Yes I understand why. I thought I was just, I forgot about the thing. I was just telling her my opinion but it’s not like I was going to mention [it] to anybody else. It was just our conversation.”

He has not yet apologised for his remarks.

Big Brother continued: “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 offence you may cause by repeating these views inside the house.”

Big Brother! They are not even bothering to disguise it.


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