Cher Defends Son Chaz Bono Decision to Join DWTS Lineup

Posted September 1, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Cher voices her disgust over “stupid” protesters mad at Chaz Bono’s inclusion on DWTS

If you’ve got a statement you need to make, take it to Twitter.

Cher is the latest celebrity to use the social networking tool as a public diary…and she’s defending her son Chaz Bono on his participation on the eleventh season of ABC’s hit show ‘Dancing With the Stars’ after a barrage of complaints hit the Internet and media circuits on his decision, particularly angrying Tea Party conservatives. One called the casting choice “disgusting” and said “ABC should be ashamed of theirselves for harassing mainstream Americans and Christians.”

If Bono appears, he (real name Chastity Sun Bono) would become the first transgender competitor on the hit ABC show.

Her tweets go a-little something like this:

“This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it…Mothers don’t stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who (mess) with their children!”

Talking about bending the rules this season: Bono joins a fleet of stars that also includes  “Queer Eye” star Carson Kressley.

“At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast of a series like ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are an important part of the fabric of American culture,” Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, told reporters.

This isn’t the first time out and proud gay men and women have danced their buns on ‘Dancing.’ Former NSYNC singer Lance Bass joined Season 7, although he was paired up with a female.

Bono, 42, will be paired with pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer on the reality show.

Chaz’s 65-year old mother will be cheering her child this season, regardless of what. But don’t be mad when he’s voted off and he has to dance to Cher’s big 1979 disco hit “Take Me Home.”

The 13th season of “Dancing With the Stars” is set to premiere Sept. 19.

So what do you think?
Will you be watching this season?
Will you be supporting Chaz?
Do you think he has a chance at winning the title?

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J Matthew Cobb

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