Evander Holyfield Calls Being Gay a Disability on Big Brother UK (VIDEO)


The producers of Big Brother UK sure handle controversial contestants differently than they do in the US. When Boxer, Evander Holyfield, cited the Bible and compared being gay to having a disability-one that could be fixed-there were consequences.

Holyfield was brought into a room where a disembodied voice scolded him like a child and reminded him that he was warned about offensive language before he entered the house.

It’s in stark contrast to the US version, where producers allowed contestants to bully minority contestants and utter offensive slurs without any intervention whatsoever.

Holyfield made the comments on Sunday during his first week in the BB house, when reality star Luisa Zissman asked him if there were any gay boxers in the sport.

Zissman, appalled, kept trying to change the subject, warning Holyfield that his language was unacceptable. He persisted, nevertheless.

The smackdown he received after, from producers, while sitting, uneasily on a cheesy golden throne was hilarious. They called Evander’s comments “inappropriate” because they “aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society.”

No wonder this show is more popular abroad.


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  • Mateja Praznik

    And in the end the viewers will judge his behaviour. Outside of the US, housemates are nominated either by other housemates, Big Brother (for breaking the rules) or if they lose a game. The viewers decide who stays and who goes and who eventually wins.

  • Justin Brock

    Him being scolded may have been entertaining for viewers, but knowing the whole season that Aaryn would be welcomed with fierce anger made people keep watching BB15 US.

  • bridgette12

    Evander has taken one too man blows to the head. What he said is about as stupid as it can get. Comparing someone being Gay to someone being handicapped is just dumb on his part.

  • wayne strong

    If i remember right, saying that about a gay person would get you arrested on the streets of UK. UK gov’t have hate speech laws and different view of free speech. I’m sure that is a factor in the scolding.

  • HermeticallySealed

    No surprise here. This is a man whose career was predicated on bludgeoning others and himself about the head and shoulders. Not a lifestyle that lends itself to intelligent discourse.

  • ajr86

    In other related news, there was a big victory today in Utah for those who believe in morality and states rights. The supreme court has halted the ruling of an activist judge and the will of the people is back in place! Gay marriage is now banned once again.

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  • Landon Cox

    Well at least it wasn’t George Foreman. That would have made new diet awkward and harder.

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  • Holden17C

    Even when he was champion, Evander was never thought to be the sharpest tool in the shed. He has always claimed to be devoutly religious, yet he has 11 children with 6 different women. I don’t think he intends to be mean-spirited, although I could be wrong about that. I think he’s just plain stupid — and there’s no cure for that.

  • HKfan

    Who decides who gets voted off in the US one then if its not the viewers??

  • Mateja Praznik

    I think their housemates have a challenge each week and the winner is “Head of House” and gets to nominate two housemates. And then the remaining housemates vote and evict one. Once there are only two housemates left, the last 7 or 9 housemates return and decide who wins. It’s more of a strategic game.

  • Amy Beth

    The first Season of Big brother US it was the viewers. And they proceeded to vote off anyone who was the least bit controversial.

    After that it was switched to the players themselves.

  • Henrique Mendes

    That actually makes for a much more fascinating social game… Its all about how they can manipule each other! In the british version if you are the most likeable you will be the winner eventually

  • Miz

    Not only did he compare it to being born with a handicap, he also thinks you can just get a doctor to fix anything and it goes away.

    This man is not very intelligent.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Well, the regular Big Brother is also about being popular with the other housemates. Because housemates do manipulate each other and it’s not easy being nominated week after week, even if the viewers like you and keep you in.

  • Miz

    That chair is LOL worthy.

  • Mateja Praznik