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Thursday 18 September 2014

'Gay ain't normal' Holyfield warned

Evander Holyfield was warned by Big Brother over comments he made in the BB house

Celebrity Big Brother contestant Evander Holyfield has been warned by the show after claiming being gay "ain't normal".

The former world heavyweight boxing champion was disciplined for a conversation he had about the lack of openly gay sports stars, which was broadcast in tonight's instalment of the Channel 5 show.

The Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman told Holyfield: "I think it's really bad that no one stands up and says it in the sports industry."

Holyfield, 51, asked her: "What would be good about it?"

When Zissman replied "I think it's good to be open like that because it's normal", Holyfield said: "But that ain't normal."

The American attempted to explain his comment by saying "the Bible lets you know there's wrong, there's right".

Zissman, 26, said: "That's just the way some people are born." Holyfield replied: "It don't make no difference. If you're born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do? You go to a doctor and get it fixed back right."

She repeatedly urged the retired boxer to change the subject, telling him: "I don't think this is an appropriate conversation to have in this house."

Following the discussion, Holyfield was ordered into the Diary Room and told by Big Brother: "Before you entered the Big Brother house the rules regarding unacceptable language and behaviour were explained to you.

"Last night in a conversation with Luisa you expressed the view that being gay was not normal and that it could be fixed.

"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 replied: "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."

Big Brother went on: "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."

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