Celebrity Big Brother bosses have issued Evander Holyfield with a warning after he expressed homophobic views in a conversation with Luisa Zissman.
The former boxing champ told his shackle-buddy that being gay “aint normal” before comparing it to being handicapped. The topic arose in the bedroom after Luisa asked if there are any gay boxers.
A full transcript of the pair’s conversation can be seen below:
Luisa: Is there any gay boxers?
Evander: Yeah, I’m sure there is.
Luisa: Is it public knowledge?
Evander: Ain’t no-one came out and said they were.
Luisa: I think it’s really bad that no-one stands up and says it in the sporting industries. I think it’s good to be open about that because it’s normal.
Evander: What would be good about it? That ain’t normal.
Luisa: We shouldn’t have this conversation. No, let’s not have this conversation, it won’t be good.
Evander: The bible let’s you know, that’s wrong, that’s right.
Luisa: That’s just the way some people are.
Evander: No, it don’t make no difference. 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.
Luisa: It’s not about being fixed, it’s about… that’s just the way that you are.
Evander: No no no no no, you mean to tell me…
Luisa: I really don’t want to have this conversation.
Evander: I’m not mad, I’m just saying…
Luisa: You don’t understand, I don’t think it’s an appropriate conversation to have in this house, honestly.
Evander: All I’m trying to tell you, you know how handicapped people are born, you can’t say because they were born that way…
Luisa: You can’t compare, of course you can’t compare someone that’s gay to someone that’s handicapped, it’s not a choice.
Evander: Yes it is a choice, come on, that ain’t the way nobody is made.
Luisa: I’m tired. I don’t think people have a choice in their sexuality, or they would be unhappy.
Big Brother later called Evander to the diary room before issuing him with a formal warning.
Taking to Twitter singer Boy George hit out at the comments.
I think anyone visiting this country for any reason should be cautioned and forced to swear allegiance to ‘Queens & country!!
At customs there should be a huge sign: Welcome to Britain, racism, sexism, homophobia and bad hair are not tolerated!
Celebrity Big Brother airs nightly on Channel 5