Celebrity Big Brother 2014: Evander Holyfield warned over homosexuality comments

Evander Holyfield (Celebrity Big Brother 2014)

Celebrity Big Brother 2014 housemate Evander Holyfield has been warned over comments he made about homosexuality.

In last night's show, the former heavyweight boxer was called to the Diary Room by Big Brother following a chat he had with fellow housemate Luisa Zissman.

The sports star seemed to suggest that being gay was not normal and could be 'fixed' as he spoke about his religious beliefs.

"All I'm trying to say, you know handicap people are born, you can't say because they are born that way [that] you can't fix them," he told the Apprentice star.

"You can’t compare, of course you can’t compare someone that’s gay to someone that’s handicapped, it’s not a choice," she replied. Trying to turn the conversation away from the topic, she added: "I don’t think it’s an appropriate conversation to have in this house, honestly."

But Evander later told her: "Yes it is a choice, come on, that ain’t the way nobody is made."

In the Diary Room, Big Brother told Evander how the comments could be considered "offensive" and warned him not to repeat them or make comments.

They said: “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."

Big Brother added: “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."

Replying, Evander admitted that he understood how the remarks could have been viewed as offensive by some viewers, but insisted ti was never his intention to offend either viewers or the other housemates.

Viewers have been rather split on the issue, with some branding Big Brother's actions as "over the top" and "PC nonsense", while others have berated Evander for his "ridiculous" opinions .

What do you make of it all? Add your comments below!


Celebrity Big Brother 2014 continues nightly on Channel 5.

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