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.”
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 Guardian newspaper.
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.”
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!”