The world of sports has had a dark history stigmatizing the LGBT community within and out of the industry, but 30,000 people seem to think heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury’s anti-gay comments are reason enough for him to be removed from a short list of BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
At only 27-years-old he has claimed the title of heavyweight champion and continues to have a platform to spew his nonsense about gay people and religion.
The British boxer told the Mail:
‘We live in an evil world. The devil is very strong at the minute, very strong, and I believe the end is near. The bible tells me the end is near. The world tells me the end is near. Just a short few years, I reckon, away from being finished…’There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: one of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other one’s paedophilia. Who would have thought in the ’50s and ’60s that those first two would be legalised? ‘When I say paedophiles can be made legal, that sounds like crazy talk doesn’t it? But back in the ’50s and early ’60s, for them first two to be made legal would have been looked on as a crazy man again.”
This year, the LGBT community has had many victories, especially in sports, gay people and allies won’t stand for this guy’s homophobic remarks any longer.
A whopping 30,000 people have petitioned to have BBC remove Fury from the running for Sports Personality of the Year, but the BBC believes he is an athlete first and foremost. When BBC was questioned if they would be removing him from the running they told Gay Star News: ‘The nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year are decided on their sporting achievements. As Fury became heavyweight champion of the world over the weekend, the panel feel that he should be a contender for this year’s award.’
Perhaps a few more signatures will push the BBC to remove this “champion” from their shortlist. If you’d like to sign the petition click here.