Atlanta boxer Evander Holyfield, a devout Christian, believes being gay is a sin and comparable to a "handicap," he said on "Celebrity Big Brother" U.K. edition Sunday. Here he is as he enters the Celebrity Big Brother House at Elstree Studios on January 3, 2014 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
If Atlanta boxer Evander Holyfield wants to win the British edition of "Celebrity Big Brother," he didn't do himself any favors on Sunday.
Holyfield, who entered the house over the weekend, yesterday got reprimanded by "Big Brother" producers for comments he made about gays to another contestant, according to TMZ.
When asked by U.K. reality contestant Luisa Zissman about whether there were gay boxers, he said being gay is a sin and a choice. He compared it to a handicap that could be fixed. When she disagreed, Holyfield was pulled aside by the producers and given a "talking to."
Holyfield did not apologize.
Several Americans over the years - including Jermaine Jackson and Dennis Rodman - have participated on the show over the years. No American has won to date. The show is different (besides the celebrity factor) from CBS's regular "Big Brother" because the public vote carries the day throughout the competition.
As TMZ noted, what's up with the British anyway? Why stop him from expressing his views just because they aren't considered "mainstream" there?
This certainly does not happen on the CBS edition. When contestants on that show this past summer made offensive remarks about Asians, blacks and gays, they were not reprimanded. Two contestants merely lost their jobs in the real world due to the backlash while they were still inside the house. That's called consequences.