Prejudices After Chaz Bono Joins The Cast

Chaz Bono has yet another mountain to climb. His casting on Dancing with The Stars has caused a backlash against ABC and the network comment board was filled with some not-so-nice things said about the transgender celebrity.

Chaz Bono

Of all of the obstacles Chaz Bono has had to overcome in his life, this might be one of the biggest-- facing a public that is hell-bent on not liking him after the announcement that he would dance on Dancing with The Stars.

After the official cast reveal on Monday evening, the ABC message boards at were flooded with negative comments about the LGBT activist. Bono, the only child of Sonny Bono and superstar Cher, recently changed his gender from female to male. He is involved in a long-time relationship with girlfriend Jennifer Elia and is happier now than at any other time in his life.

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Said Bono, "Sexual reassignment was the best decision I have ever made. I am happier, more confident, I feel great. I am a person who believes things happen when they're supposed to happen. I was ready when I was supposed to be ready."

Chaz' gender reassignment brought to the surface many prejudices about both Bono and others who have decided to change their gender.

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Said an ABC post, "HUGE HUGE fan of this show since season two and eagerly await each season to get my dancing/entertainment 'fix'!! But when I heard that Chaz Bono was going to be on, I was sick. Not that I have anything personally against her/him. I just don't want that lifestyle choice continually flaunted in the media, esp. ABC."

This isn't the first time a television show has been in the spotlight for tolerance about sexual orientation. American Idol has had several openly gay performers who went on to do rather well in popularity--Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert to name two. But both declined to address their sexuality on air during their rise to fame.

Two seasons ago, Bristol Palin came under fire as fans declined to vote for her because of her mother, Sarah Palin's, political views.

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Comments on "ABC under attack for Chaz Bono casting on DWTS"

judes September 02, 2011 | 8:30 AM's only a dancing contest. Chaz has as much a right to be on the show as a white person, black person, hispanic or asian person, a one legged woman, a politician (and a corrupt one at that), Lance Bass (), Margaret Cho () this year Carson Kressley (. If you have watched the show all these years that Bruno has been judging, and put up with his certainly have no reason to have a problem with Chaz. I love that ABC has such a variety of people on the show. What a great opportunity for the blend of who we really are. Chaz and Lacey...kick ass and take the mirror ball trophy!!

nadine September 02, 2011 | 1:15 AM

Chaz problem? Very simple, watch the show, vote off those few couples you do not like, then you will be able to sit with your family and watch the rest. I feel sorry for her/him? Have you noticed what areas in the U.S.are getting hit the hardest by bad weather? Just sit back , look at a map and figure it out. Someone of a higher power is not happy with what is going on down here.

betty September 01, 2011 | 1:59 PM

I love watching dancing with the stars and i have been so excited for it to start. when i found out the new stars that would be on, i will no longer watch, as well as the rest of my family and friends. i am disgusted by chaz or whomever he, she or it chooses to go by, this was a good family entertainment show, but not any longer. too bad you made that decision to cast it.

Cynthia R August 31, 2011 | 6:17 PM

there will always be the 'haters' but they should live in the other persons shoes and see what it is like. I give Chaz a lot of credit for doing this

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