A Labour MP and a gay rights activist have joined the fight against new heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury after his homophobic rant in which he likened homosexuality to paedophilia.
Former shadow minister for sport Chris Bryant used a speech in the House of Commons to lambast Fury’s comments – and to challenge him to go “head-to-head”.
And Scott Cuthbertson has launched a Change.org petition arguing that Fury should be axed as a contender for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
Fury caused an outrage when he told the Mail on Sunday: “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 is paedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalised?”
Fury continued: “When I say paedophiles could be made legal, it sounds crazy. But if I had said to you about the first two being made legal in the 50s, I would have been looked upon as a crazy man.”
Since then, a new video has emerged in which Fury admits he is not a good role model for kids … and unbelievably claims he is not sexist while saying a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back.
“It’s up to everybody what they want to do. I’m all for it; I’m not a sexist. I believe if a man can to go work all his life a woman can.
“Who am I to say ‘don’t do that ’cause you’re a girl?’ But I believe a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back. That’s my personal belief.
“Making me a good cup of tea — that’s what I believe.”
Bryant, who is also a former Anglican priest, told the Commons on Thursday: “Leaving aside the bizarre, rather heterodox theology (in Fury’s comments), this equates homosexuality with paedophilia. As I hope the Leader would agree, that is profoundly offensive and it’s the kind of language that leads to more young people committing suicide.
“Now, I gather Mr Fury has subsequently said that some of his best friends are gay. So can I suggest that we invite him to parliament sometime in the near future because frankly I’m quite happy to go head-to-head with him.”
Cuthbertson claimed the BBC clearly did not understand that by nominating Fury they are putting him up as a role model to young people all over the UK and the world.
“There is no place for homophobia in sport.,” he said.