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.