Days after ABC announced Chaz Bono as a contestant on this season of Dancing With The Stars, he continues to be on the receiving end of some major backlash by some fans of the show.
It appears ABC’s decision to put Chaz, the first transgendered conestant in the show’s history, on the show is drawing attacks from some people on the ABC message boards. An example of one of the comments posted includes: “This show has completely lost a viewer(s). I am DISGUSTED that you would have Chaz Bono on there. He/she can live however he/she would like to live, but do we need to flaunt it for ratings? Really? I hope your ratings sink as low as you have sunk in having Chaz on there.”
Chaz’s uber famous mom Cher is now speaking out to defend her son. “Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS! This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it,” Cher tweeted about Chaz, who legally changed his gender and name last year. “I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts! TG Chaz has an Unlimited supply,” added Cher who also referred to the critics as “Bigots.”
Chaz, 42, showed his appreciation to his mom when he tweeted, “Thanks for all your support mom. The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can.”
Also coming to Chaz’s defense is his DWTS pro partner Lacey Schwimmer. “It’s disappointing,” said Lacey to The Insider of the negative reactions to Chaz and the cruel jokes made at his expense on late night TV. “No human is perfect, so why are they pointing out what they perceive to be an imperfection in someone else? It’s not cool. We’re all taught to not bully, or harass, and treat everyone as equals yet all these people are doing exactly the opposite,” added Lacey.
In a separate interview, Lacey makes it clear that Chaz is all man. “The fact of the matter is, he’s a full man, in every shape or form,” she said of her partner. “Everybody should just get over it and accept him and accept him as a human being … he’s so brave and its really good to be a part of it with him!”
In other DWTS news, the Huffington Post is reporting the show wants absolutely nothing to do with Bravo housewives! If you recall, Teresa Giudice has spent the last year trying to get on the show to no avail.
“They have no interest in having any of the ladies on the show,” reveals a DWTS insider. “Season after season the housewives pitch themselves to grace the dance floor and season after season the show says thanks but no thanks.” In fact a spokesperson for Bravo confirms none of the housewives have ever been asked by ABC to do the show including the very popular Bethenny Frankel.
“They never made Bethenny an offer,” a friend of Bethenny’s reveals. “She went to the show with a friend of [host] Tom Bergeron’s who was kind enough to get his pal-plus-one two front row seats next to the head of ABC. But even that couldn’t get her on the show.” But Rob Kardashian is a-okay?
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