Cher Tweets Support of Chaz Bono, 'Dancing With the Stars'
When ABC announced that Chaz Bono, the transgender son of Cher and Sonny Bono, would be competing on Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars, many viewers lashed out online and accused the network of pushing a homosexual agenda.
Quick to come to her son’s defense, Cher took to Twitter in an effort to drum up support from her own following.
“Lovelies! Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS! This is Still America Right? It took guts 2 do it,” she wrote on Wednesday, Aug. 31. ““I support him no matter what he chooses 2 do! God! Will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts! TG Chaz has an Unlimited Supply.”
The Burlesque star asked her fan base to voice their backing of Bono in an attempt to balance out the negative reactions directed at the network and, more importantly, her son.
“Can u guys check out sites & give him your support? BTW … Mothers don’t stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who fk with their children!” she continued. “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.”
DWTS executive producer Conrad Green told The Hollywood Reporter that the level of negative comments received have been unwarranted.
"We don't have an agenda of any sorts. 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,” Green explained. "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 will be paired with Lacey Schwimmer, as they embark on their quest for the mirrorball trophy. DWTS kicks off its 13th season on ABC Sept. 19.