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Cher, Lacey Schwimmer Stand Up for Chaz Bono on 'Dancing' as Show is Accused of 'Homosexual Agenda'


Cher stepped up on Twitter to defend her son Chaz as he was attacked on ABC and other sites for his participation on Dancing with the Stars.

Chaz_bono Tweeted Cher: “Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS!This is Still America right ? It took guts 2 do it....I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts ! TG Chaz has an Unlimited supply."

Chaz has been paired up to dance with Lacey Schwimmer on the show.

Schwimmer Lacey spoke out about the Chaz 'controversy' yesterday, to The Insider.

"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...At the end of the day, everyone is going to have a hater. I choose not to listen to it, because it’s ridiculous. To us, it’s more important to focus on the positive people."

She added that she was thrilled to be paired with Chaz:

"I was absolutely thrilled. 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...This is my sixth season -- the producers know that I’m very open-minded and really accepting of everyone. Ever since Lance [Bass] was on the show, it opened the door for the LGBT community to be accepted in Middle America and it’s about time. It’s 2011, let’s evolve a little bit here."

Kressley In related news, Executive Producer Conrad Green told E!'s Ted Casablanca that they considered a male partner for Carson Kressley:

"We thought about it...We try to follow what happens in real ballroom competitions. That was the original intention of the show. And while we are aware that there are same-sex couples, the competitions are usually mixed-gendered."

Kressley will be partnered with Anna Trebunskaya.

Green also responded to accusations that because of the inclusion of Bono and Kressley the show has a 'homosexual agenda':

DWTS executive producer Conrad Green told The Hollywood Reporter those charges are unfounded, "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."

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  1. I expect if Carson Kressley lasts long enough, we might see him partnered with a male for one dance. Steve Guttenberg partnered with Anna Trebunskaya his season, and when she was ill, here husband filled in for her and danced with Steve.

    As for Chaz, I'm sure Lacey Schwimmer will camouflage him and make sure the audience is watching her and not him. I mean, that's what she does with all of her partners.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 1, 2011 9:44:29 AM

  2. They're going to partner Carson Kressley with a woman? What an absolute disgrace! Conrad Green, the executive producer of the show, is being disingenuous here about its supposed inclusiveness. His show is homophobic without a doubt.

    If you have an ounce of self-dignity as a gay man, please do not watch Dancing With The Stars.

    Oh, and Carson Kressley is the new Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 1, 2011 9:47:17 AM

  3. Ballroom dancing can be sexy, but it isn't about sex. It's an art form, but it's a highly-regimented one that is more like a sport than an art. Because there are rules and there is a competition, the playing field has to be as level as possible and certain criteria for each couple has to be met. Yes, there are places where you will find same-sex ballroom couples, but that is the exception and not the rule.

    Pairing Kressley with a man would have been nothing but a stunt and would have reduced him to being absolutely nothing but a publicity gimmick, instead of treating him like a serious competitor.

    Instead of being regarded differently from all the other dancers, Kressley is being treated exactly like everyone else. That's not a bad thing. That's actually exactly what we're fighting for.

    Posted by: justme | Sep 1, 2011 10:49:01 AM

  4. And Cher, as always, rocks.

    Posted by: justme | Sep 1, 2011 10:50:04 AM

  5. I hope Chaz does well - but well, being a bit overweight will make him come off as moving very stiff......lets hope he loses some LBS before then

    Posted by: Gay American | Sep 1, 2011 11:35:49 AM

  6. And in the great scheme of things, just why is this important? I daresay there are many more pressing concerns for a Gay activist.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Sep 1, 2011 11:37:17 AM

  7. Never forget how important "social progress" is - not just "legal"

    Transphobia is a big fuckin' deal, and the life of a transperson is a tougher deal than most of the (gay white male) people on this site will ever know.

    stand strong with our trans brothers and sisters.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 1, 2011 11:48:17 AM

  8. STUFFED ANIMAL - I've never understood the argument of "more important things." What is important depends on perspective, as well as direct and indirect outcomes. Even if I buy into the premise of more important things, are we incapable of multi-tasking?

    Posted by: TJ | Sep 1, 2011 11:55:41 AM

  9. If it wasn't so infuriating the whole "homosexual agenda" complaint would be pretty comical. It basically boils down to people being offended by the mere acknowledgement of the existence of people who aren't straight. It's just ridiculous!

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 1, 2011 11:59:33 AM

  10. People need to understand things before they can learn tolerance. Chaz may be the first transgender person that millions of people actually see because of his appearance on DWTS. What he is doing is very brave. And, of course, he'll probably sell more books. Let's hope he takes it seriously and freakin' dances! Lacy won't cut him any slack, that's for sure!

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 1, 2011 1:44:12 PM

  11. "And while we are aware that there are same-sex couples, the competitions are usually mixed-gendered."

    Yes, the straight competitions ARE usually mixed-gendered. But the gay competitions aren't.

    The public at large isn't exposed to the beauty and skill of two men or two women dancing together, purely because of bigotry. It has nothing to do with rules. Those who have seen pairs who are good at it know that.

    The bigotry of other competitions can't be used to defend DWTS's own bigotry.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 1, 2011 1:52:47 PM

  12. It's not bigotry, it's ballroom.

    This isn't a gay competition where every couple is same-sex. It's a standard competition where every couple is different-sex.

    If Kressley were in a gay competition, it would be bigotry if he were required to have a female partner. Kressley is in a traditional competition, so it would be bizarre to not require him to have a female partner.

    I would love to see a queer DWTS-type show. But that's not what this show is. He's being treated exactly like everyone else on the show and being treated exactly like everyone else is the opposite of bigotry.

    Posted by: justme | Sep 1, 2011 2:30:50 PM

  13. @Gay American: fat people can dance. Being overweight isn't crippling or even any indication at all of how well someone can move. I can't believe you've never seen a good fat dancer, but, trust me, they're out there.

    That being said, Chaz is certainly going to drop some weight while doing this and that's a good thing for him, because having more fitness in your life never hurt anyone.

    Posted by: justme | Sep 1, 2011 2:38:53 PM

  14. I'm SO SICK of the close minded people posting crap about Chaz. More power to him for stepping up & taking part in the show. I'm a boring, straight, Tennesse woman who doesn't give a crud how people live their lives as long as they try to be decent, kind people. Come on prudish America! Open up those minds & be more accepting of people!

    Posted by: Shannon | Sep 1, 2011 3:53:10 PM

  15. When Chaz goes on talk shows, for example, to spread awareness about transgender issues...something like Bill Maher then I believe that he is "raising awareness" by allowing people who are willing to listen to hear a transgender story from a personal perspective.

    When he goes on DWTS (where I still say no one this season is a star) at the same time that Carson is on this is not about awareness but about hoping that controversy (aka Bristol Palin) will bring in viewers. It was a risk on the part of capitalist ABC that may or may not pay off, but make no mistake it is not about showing transgender or gay people in some kind of positive light. People that believe ABC is some sort of altruistic company can sprinkle that pixie dust somewhere else.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 1, 2011 4:24:41 PM

  16. Holy sh1t! Cher's on Twitter? What's her twitter handle? Oh, @cher…
    Right because she's f*cking CHER

    Posted by: @jptownley | Sep 1, 2011 4:49:16 PM

  17. I suspect that Chaz will be the first to go, followed by Carson. The reality based shows have huge viewership in the RED States. Have you noticed that most, if not ALL the American Idol winners have come from either the South or a RED state?

    Posted by: CB | Sep 1, 2011 5:41:39 PM

  18. I wish Chaz and Carson well but I'm only going to be watching to see how that Kardashian boy shakes his ass

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 1, 2011 9:23:42 PM

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