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Cher takes to Twitter to defend Chaz Bono on DWTS

By Sandy Cohen

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 05:35 a.m. HST, Sep 01, 2011

LOS ANGELES>> Cher is taking to Twitter to defend her son Chaz Bono.

The superstar posted several tweets Wednesday defending his participation on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars." Bono is the first transgender competitor on the hit ABC show.

Cher says her son, who was born female and underwent surgery to become a man, is being "viciously attacked" on blogs and message boards since the new cast was announced Monday.

"This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it," Cher wrote, adding that she supports him no matter what he chooses to do.

"Mothers don't stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who (mess) with their children!" the 65-year-old singer wrote.

Bono, 42, is paired with pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer on the reality show, where celebrities and their professional partners perform various ballroom dances for judges' scores and viewer votes.

"Dancing" fans have posted both angry and supportive comments on the show's message boards. One called the casting choice "disgusting" and said "ABC should be ashamed of theirselves for harassing mainstream Americans and Christains."

Another wrote: "I never and mean NEVER watch DWTS but will this season to support/vote for (Chaz)."

On his own Twitter page, Bono described himself as "the luckiest guy around" and thanked his fans for their support. He also thanked Cher.

"Thanks for all your support mom," he wrote. "The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can."

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






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Limukohu wrote:
Go Chaz!!
on September 1,2011 | 05:56AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It is unbelievable that in this day in the United States of America that we still have bigots who do not believe in equality for all. This article shows how Christians are one of the biggest bigots of all. It's ironic that people who believe in God's love promote hatred towards others who do not share their views or beliefs. I am sure that these same Christians look upon the Muslims in such hateful way. But the very same can be said of the Muslims who hate Christians. When will both sides see themselves for who they really are? They are hate mongers. Christians should ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" Unfortunately, Christians are so ingrained in their ways that we will never ever see what Jesus would do.
on September 1,2011 | 09:39AM
likewise wrote:
"Another wrote: "I never and mean NEVER watch DWTS but will this season to support/vote for (Chaz)." This is my problem. Chaz Bono is obese and horrendously unfit and yet this person and many others will vote for him to show support for their cause. No matter how bad he does. It's supposed to be about the dancing, not what special interest group you belong to. Now, I'm not saying large people can't dance. We've seen very impressive performances by plus sizes before. But just because someone is a "something" (transgender, particular ethnic group, member of the hair club for men, plus sized, minus sizedetc.) is not a good reason to vote for them. It's about the dancing, or was supposed to be.
on September 1,2011 | 12:15PM
BigOpu wrote:
It's not about the dancing. At least not this show. If it was, they would have a tryout to see who really can dance, then have a competition to see who can dance best. This show is about sensationalizing people who have made a name for themselves, and can bring viewers to watch the show so money can be made. Chaz is one person who's life is interesting enough to get onlookers...and good for him. I admire him for taking on the world in regards to his decision. I wouldn't do it. They all have a special interest in some form or fashion. Just because his is out of the norm, you have to stamp it as a "cause". Cut Chaz some slack.
on September 1,2011 | 12:43PM
likewise wrote:
I'll totally cut him slack.....if he can dance. We'll have to agree to disagree. It is about the dance. It's about taking a novice/newbie performer and teaching them the dances. All rules applied. Proper technique and all and if someone isn't up to it...oh well. I've been fan of ballroom dance since they were only ever on PBS and Juliette Prouse was the hostess. I wish him well but if he sucks, he needs to go home. BTW. I have felt the same of some of the other DWTS "darlings" who were around for far too long, because of who they were related to, married to, etc. I will keep an open mind though....I hope to be proven wrong.
on September 1,2011 | 07:34PM
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