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'DWTS' Boss Addresses Chaz Bono Controversy, Cher and Lacey Schwimmer Lend Their Support

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 1st 2011 7:10AM
Chaz BonoThe 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 premiere is still more than two weeks away, but the controversy surrounding the inclusion of Chaz Bono as the show's first transgender contestant rages on.

Now, the executive producer of 'DWTS' has spoken publicly about the issue, and both Bono's mom, Oscar-winning actress and singer Cher, and his pro dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, have expressed their support for Bono and their disappointment at the negative reactions.

'DWTS' executive producer Conrad Green addressed allegations from some online commenters that the show is pushing a homosexual agenda. He told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that such charges are unfounded.

"We don't have an agenda of any sorts," said Green. "I think of the 120 celebrities we've put on the show, we've had, I think now, three transgender or gay contestants. If that's a homosexual agenda, we're not doing very well at it."

He added that "What we try to do is reflect a broad range of the entertainment world in the casting of the show, and we're always trying to find new things that people haven't seen, new types of stories and that's what we've been doing this season."

Bono (née Chastity) began the female-to-male transition process in 2008 and went on to chronicle his gender reassignment journey in a candid documentary for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. 'Becoming Chaz' aired back in May and has been nominated for three Emmy Awards.

Green told 'THR' it was this journey that made Bono an obvious choice for 'DWTS': "It's a fascinating story, his life in the last few years and the changes that he's made in his life. He's got a really interesting story to tell and that's just one facet of it."

Meanwhile, maternal instincts firmly to the fore, Cher came out swinging on the Internet. She Tweeted messages of support such as: "bet VAST MAJORITY of People will LOVE CHAZ on DWTS ! & it's took Fkg Guts 2! Chaz isn't exactly the "Gotta Dance Gotta Dance" kinda Guy" and "Mothers don't stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who fk with their children!"

Bono Tweeted back: "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."

Schwimmer told TheInsider.com that she's thrilled to have Bono as a partner: "I've always been a huge supporter of the LGBT community and I couldn't be more excited to have Chaz. Not only is he Sonny & Cher's child but he's also a generally cool person."

Discussing Bono's critics, Schwimmer said "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."

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 premieres Mon., Sept. 19 at 8PM ET on ABC.

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cloe2

The argument should not be whether or not Chastity or Chaz is a He or She. The should be related to the show and whether or not Chaz can dance. It is very plain that Chaz CANNOT DANCE and should not be taking up the opportunity for the other stars who can dance or who are making much better progress. The show is about DANCING, and not about transgender issues. Everyone who is making it about transgender issues is only bringing more attention to the one issue you are complaining about. Chaz cannot dance and Cher manipulated the vote -- that is DISGUSTING!!!

October 13 2011 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sara Vail Miedema

Master Moses I just wonder what kind of person you are. Mean spirited , judgemental, bullying, and ignorant I know from your remarks. Are you so very pure in your life? Or are you a pastor hiding behind that screen name. Maybe a child molester, or maybe you come on the internet to view porn. Usually people who act so ugly toward others have something to hide. He who is WITH"OUT sin cast the first stone. Don't believe that would be you, so just shut up.

September 06 2011 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Master Moses

Sara, your a stupid idiot, this isn't about throwing stones, this thing is a human being that has tried to change her being. it is disgusting, there is no way of making that better, no one should be exposed to that. I watch that show with my family, it is a family show. now it is a freak show. I am not free of sin, I try to be a better person every day, and I make mistakes, but I am allowed to believe that certain things are just wrong, I would't allow my kids to hang out with drug addicts, dealers or prostitutes because that would be wrong and telling my kids its ok. For the same reason, I openly am against this freaky monster. thats what she is, a monster. I don't want my kids thinking it is ok. Maybe you should crwal back into your basement and shut up, because garbage like you is what makes this world turn stupid at great speed.

September 07 2011 at 9:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

You go CHAZ God made people and your special !!!

September 06 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Master Moses

this disgusting monster should stick to her,his - it's self. if it wanted to be a monster, don't go around trying to make others understand it. wrong is wrong. if your born a girl, stay a girl. you don't rip of your **** and plant a shank in it. it gross.

September 06 2011 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ALBERT R

if i was a female and that ugly, i would have that addadicktome surgery also

September 06 2011 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Master Moses

i dont think it is ugly I just think that it shaved it's ass and walks around backwards. what a freak show, and her mom is a plastic skank.

September 06 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fatima Freitas

To all of you that do not want to watch the show DON”T, I believe that we should not judge anyone. I am sure that you don’t live a good life if you are a bully, harass or you threat someone that you do not agree with, it is Chaz’s life not yours. I am catholic and I am always ashamed of the people that use the church and the bible for stupid things that they do not understand. Read the words that Jesus says do not write your own. NO WHERE IN THE BIBLE did I ever read you should judge people... Once again you who call yourselves catholic should really go back to the bible. It dose not say hate people and you do not have the right to tell people how they should live. Take a good look at yourself and be a good person not use GOD OR THE BIBLE as the way you yourself look at other people. I wish that more people in the world would truly follow in JESUS footsteps and send us as an example for others to follow that Jesus LOVES everyone.
Chaz God be with you always and good luck on Dancing with the stars. I do not watch it all the time only when I like someone and I will be watching this one and VOTING FOR YOU.
God Bless
Fatima

September 05 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Master Moses

who is passing judgement here, we are simply making fun of that ugly fat monster.

September 06 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken Brandt

We shouldn't pass judgement on anyone. Isn't that the whole point of the show? You judge people and vote them on or off. What an idiot!!

September 07 2011 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shalan McGrinder

I've never really watched much of this show, not really my thing, but I'm seriously considering just leaving the tv on it this season to bump the ratings. Eff the haters.

September 04 2011 at 3:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tjvalmatt

I agree with Lacey Schwimmer about bully or harass or threat ... Anyone should not to be threat any one of them alike Briston or Chaz ... maybe other stranger that dont like them or not... should not threat or bully or harass on them. Let them to have fun and ENJOY! huh.... :)

September 03 2011 at 4:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
vjacann

I enjoy watching DWTS, but not this season. This is a family show or should be and to put a she/he on this program is degrading to me. Chaz says bring it on, but his way of life is disgusting. What SHE did to her body was wrong. She has famous parents is about it. Teaching out kids that "hey you don't like the sex you are" is ok, is not the way. It is not God's way and SHE is playing with mother nature. Prove those wrong that she can hang in there on the show with her weight, but all this about her transgender life is DISGUSTIING and I will not watch this season for the shows ratings or its GLORY. This show is scraping the bottom of the star list for guests like this.

September 03 2011 at 10:02 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Shalan McGrinder

"but all this about her transgender life is DISGUSTIING and I will not watch this season for the shows ratings or its GLORY" wow, you do realize "all this" is being made the issue because people like you can't stop foaming at the mouth about it? Do you realize that those impressionable kids you're so worried about are more likely to know/learn/hear about this because your ilk is making such a scene about it?

September 04 2011 at 3:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Christina Rivers

Once again, we have people thumping their bibles in support of their hatred of others. The thing is, I seem to remember Jesus hanging out with people that no one else wanted to be around, such as prostitutes and lepers. I seem to remember him saying, "Judge not, lest ye be judged yourself." I seem to remember the bible saying over and over again, "God is Love". Nowhere in that bible does it say, "God is hate". If only more people would truly follow Jesus' example (and Buddha's and Ghandi's and Mother Theresa's, etc.), what a different world we would live in!

September 04 2011 at 7:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Master Moses

your stupid

September 06 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
whatsup

It's his life not yours, leave him alone!
You go Chaz!!

September 02 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Master Moses

your a loser

September 06 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Master Moses

his ? more like its

September 06 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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