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.”
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.
“If you were born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do, you go to the doctor and get it fixed back right,” Holyfield said of homosexuality.
But Zissman countered the notion that same-sex attraction is fixable, claiming that “it’s not a choice.”
“Yes it is a choice, come on,” Holyfield rebutted.
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