Boy George confronts Evander Holyfield for anti-gay comments - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Boy George confronts Evander Holyfield for anti-gay comments

Posted:

Courtesy ABC News

Boy George is taking on Evander Holyfield for comments the former heavyweight boxing champion made on Sunday's episode of "Celebrity Big Brother."

"Who was homophobic on CBB?" the Culture Club singer tweeted. "Shame, I had such admiration for Mr. Evander Holyfield. He seemed dignified and I was sure he was a cool, smart, giant!"

During a conversation with another contestant on the British reality show, the 51-year-old ex-boxer and born-again Christian said being gay "ain't normal."

After fellow contestant Luisa Zissman said to Holyfield that it was a shame more gay athletes had not come out because "it's normal," Holyfield responded, "That ain't normal."

Mike Tyson Returns Evander Holyfield's Ear in Hilarious Commercial

He went on to say, "If you were born and your leg were turned this way — what would you do? You go to the doctor and get it fixed back, right?"

Zissman replied, "It's not about being fixed" before trying to change the subject.

The comments have landed Holyfield and the show in hot water, according to The Guardiannewspaper.

Holyfield was called to the show's diary room where he was told, "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."

Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics

The producers 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 offense you may cause by repeating these views inside the house."

British broadcasting watchdog Ofcom told The Guardian that it received several complaints and is still considering whether to open a formal investigation.

In the meantime, Boy George, 52, is taking the boxer to task.

"I think anyone visiting this country for any reason should be cautioned and forced to swear allegiance to ‘Queens & country!!" he tweeted. "At customs there should be a huge sign! Welcome to Britain, racism, sexism, homophobia and bad hair are not tolerated!"

Read on ABC News

  • Police Respond to Shooting in Flour Bluff

    Police Respond to Shooting in Flour Bluff

    BREAKING: Police are responding to a shooting on Sailfish Ct and Albacore St in Flour Bluff. 3 News is on the way to the scene. We'll update you as more information comes in.More >>
    BREAKING: Police are responding to a shooting on Sailfish Ct and Albacore St in Flour Bluff. 3 News is on the way to the scene. We'll update you as more information comes in.More >>
  • Coast Guard Searching for Man off San Jose Island

    Coast Guard Searching for Man off San Jose Island

    The Coast Guard is searching for a 37-year-old San Antonio man missing from a boat that sank Sunday off of Port Aransas. At approximately 1 p.m., the crew of the Go America, an oil rig supply vessel, notified Sector Corpus Christi Command Center watchstanders that they picked three people up out of the water offshore of San Jose Island and that there was another man missing. It was reported that four San Antonio men were fishing near oil rigs east of Port O'Connor. Their 25-foot center conso...More >>
    The Coast Guard is searching for a 37-year-old San Antonio man missing from a boat that sank Sunday off of Port Aransas. At approximately 1 p.m., the crew of the Go America, an oil rig supply vessel, notified Sector Corpus Christi Command Center watchstanders that they picked three people up out of the water offshore of San Jose Island and that there was another man missing. It was reported that four San Antonio men were fishing near oil rigs east of Port O'Connor. Their 25-foot center conso...More >>
  • Local Rescue Organizations Try to Find New Homes for Pets

    Local Rescue Organizations Try to Find New Homes for Pets

    They were rescued from the streets and today a few dogs and cats were hoping to find their new forever homes. Local rescue groups like Peewee's and for the Love of Strays were over at PetSmart today trying to adopt out all of these pets. It was apart of PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. A spokesperson for Peewee's says Corpus Christi is second in the nation when it comes to the number of strays. They say they get about 75 calls a day to take in dogs. If you didn't make it out tod...More >>
    They were rescued from the streets and today a few dogs and cats were hoping to find their new forever homes. Local rescue groups like Peewee's and for the Love of Strays were over at PetSmart today trying to adopt out all of these pets. It was apart of PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. A spokesperson for Peewee's says Corpus Christi is second in the nation when it comes to the number of strays. They say they get about 75 calls a day to take in dogs. If you didn't make it out tod...More >>