Fox News: Don’t Let Your Kids Watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Chazbono Conservative America's campaign to preserve the sanctity of Dancing with the Stars was always absurd, but now it's getting frightening.

Writing for Fox News, a conservative doctor is calling on parents to ban their kids from watching the show because Chaz Bono will be appearing on it. The article is so transphobic that it's traumatic to read – and gruesome. Dr. Keith Ablow acts as if Dancing with the Stars will be giving viewers front-row seats to a sex-change operation:

The last thing vulnerable children and adolescents need, as they wrestle with the normal process of establishing their identities, is to watch a captive crowd in a studio audience applaud on cue for someone whose for an identity culminated with the removal of her breasts, the injection of steriods and, perhaps one day soon, the fashioning of a make-shift phallus to replace her vagina.

It is a toxic and unecessary byproduct of the tragic celebration of transgender surgery that millions of young people who do watch "Dancing with the Stars" will have to ponder this question: Maybe my problems really stem from the fact that I'm a girl inside a boy's body (or a boy inside a girls body). Maybe I'm not a tomboy; I'm just a boy! Maybe I'm not just being bullied because I'm a sensitive, reflective young man interested in flowers, not football. Maybe I'm not just uncertain about mysexuality. Maybe I'm a girl! Maybe all this angst and suffering I'm feeling as I emerge into puberty and pass thought it isn't just because I'm changing, but because I should change completely – and have my breasts removed or my penis amputated.

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  1. Dastius Krazitauc says

    Without some scary thing to threaten their viewers with, Fox News has nothing. It is their stock in trade. Now it is kids wanting to amputate their penises because they saw Chaz dancing. Young people are smarter than Ablow thinks, and besides, there is extensive counseling before any transgendered person has surgery.

  2. walter says

    fox news is a total disgrace. they do nothing but spread hate and bigotry. they would make
    goebbels blush. i was hoping the british would put murdoch in jail.

  3. truthteller says

    So seeing a transgender man dancing on TV will propel kids to amputate their penises and girls to remove their breasts?

    Now I understand why they are also racists. If you see people on the screen with melatonin on their skins, all wholesome kids will want to surgically alter their skin to a darker shade. This will be the end of the white race, just like a transgendered man dancing on TV will bring about the end of men and women as we know them.

  4. Jeff Kurtti says

    This program featured a contestant who was an unwed teenage mother, but no one at Fox made a peep about what a terrible example it was to children.

    Maybe because that contestant’s mother is the right wing bigot’s Madonna, Sarah Palin.

  5. mike128 says

    ugh. disgusting and also clearly misinformed. trans-women, for example, do not “amputate” their penises! and using the term “sexuality” when you mean “sex” or “gender”? aside from hate, there’s clearly a lot of ignorance about facts here.

  6. jason says

    I knew of one man who, as a teenager, wanted to be a woman. He would put oranges down his T-shirt to make himself look as if he had breasts. He would also push his penis down towards the back of his pants so it looked as if he nothing in his crotch area. He truly wanted to be a woman.

    A few years later, he was a grown-up, strapping young man, a fine sample of masculinity if ever there was one.

    My point is that youngsters sometimes do experience gender uncertainty and that it is only temporary as part of a journey in life. We shouldn’t be rushing to assign a category to them nor should we be encouraging genital surgery.

  7. jason says


    I know for a fact that the guy is now very proud of the fact that he’s a man. He is extremely relieved that he didn’t go down the surgical route.

    In any case, I think all humans have a bit of experimentation in them. We shouldn’t rush to over-analyze and over-categorize everbody, and then assign a future path that may not be in that person’s interests. Surgically removing your body parts is an extremely drastic step.

  8. TJ says

    Jason – no one rushes to encourage categorization, much less surgery. Using Gender Identity Disorder as a framework (and I’m aware that “disorder” can assume judgement, even though it shouldn’t), a person has to have long-standing issues, experiences, feelings – evidence, really, that he or she absolutely believe that his or her gender does not match his or her body, before one “qualifies” – before one rises to the level of a diagnosable condition. No responsible doctor or psychological professional accepts, without thorough investigation, a person’s pronouncement that he or she are “trapped in the wrong body.” Playing with gender, whether it’s playing dress-up, performing in drag, or putting oranges up your t-shirt does not rise to the level of life dissatisfaction experienced by transgendered individuals. And responsible professional is going to perform surgery or assign a label without plenty of evidence.

  9. says

    “We shouldn’t be rushing to assign a category to them nor should we be encouraging genital surgery.”

    Who’s rushing? Who’s encouraging? No one. Any more than seeing gay people on TV encourages kids to rush out and be gay. Chaz Bono appearing on DWTS is hardly going to send flocks of teenagers to the surgeon to have body parts added or taken away. (Not that that’s even possible, since it is a long and monitored process–no such thing as drive-thru gender reassignment.)

    Possibly, the show will make some young person more comfortable experimenting with their gender identity, whether or not that eventually leads to hormones and surgery. Possibly, a few people will have their minds opened up and they’ll be able to see trans issues in a more empathetic way. Or possibly, if this moronic Fox News piece is any indication, people will just dig deeper into their hatred and ignorance. Clearly, there’s plenty of the latter to go around.

  10. jamesintoronto says

    Your economy is in the toilet, you have viable Presidential candidates like Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum… and yet your country seems obsessed with a transgendered performer on DWTS. Keep your eyes on the prize America or you will soon be the United States of China.

  11. Bart says

    FOX will do anything for ratings and they’ve sunk to a new low. Even their stupid viewers will be tuning in. The is the best press DWTS ever received and the idiots at FOX just gave ABC another boost. Hell, I hate the show and I’ll put it on just to boost their ratings.

    Team Chaz

  12. Acronym Jim says

    “FOX: Don’t Let Your Kids Watch ‘Dancing With the Stars.”

    I prefer the axiom, “mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.”

    No offense to cowboys. It’s just that y’all have a dangerous profession (much less dangerous than dancing with stars). Incidentally, your butts tend to be fabulous so kudos to you.

  13. Artie says

    The worst possible outcome in a democracy is to ban or restrict entire groups of people from appearing on TV simply because they are who they are. During parts of the twentieth century, American TV either banned or severely restricted people from appearing on TV based on either race or public acknowledgment of their sexuality.

    In this particular case, the targets of censorship are transgendered people. But this desire for censorship on the part of Fox News is always poison in a democracy. If there are people who disapprove of a TV show based on the identity of someone who appears on it, they need to follow the customary guideline of the 21st century: no likey, no watchey.

  14. John Equality says

    Translation: “I don’t like you, so I’ve decided that you should just be invisible. To everyone.”
    Is it OK for Chaz to breathe the same air as the rest of us, or is that unacceptable too?

  15. says

    I’m really proud of so many of you for sticking up for Chaz. I know it is because you have faced the same kind of bigotry, discrimination, hatred and bullying you are seeing from the Republican right wing. I have always been at a loss to understand why any gay person would be a “Log Cabin Republican”. These are the people the gay community has to really worry about. Kudos to you gay community.

  16. pedro says

    Chaz is obese and needs serious medical intervention. If ABC was truly interested in putting forth a positive image of trans people, they would gave booked the “pregnant man” who apparently has gotten into tip top shape. Instead of this triple chin monstrosity. But of course, all ABC is interested in is a Freak Show that brings the ratings. Chaz is incredibly fat and turns my stomach…

  17. truthteller says

    @ Pedro,
    DWTS is a reality show for the purpose of ENTERTAINMENT! It is not the Doctor Oz show, nor is it pretending to be a health show. And surprise, they want ratings!!! That is why they had the Palin daughter there.

    The truth of the matter is that the majority of Americans are overweight, Chaz is a true representative of Americans today.

    I don’t watch the show, but this season I’m recording it.

    Go Chaz!

  18. Tim says

    I am glad to see that ABC hasn’t given in to this hideous propaganda and that they’ve A) recruited and B) stood by their choice in contestants.

    As much as people hate on the Palin girl, maybe she can inspire another unwed teenage mother to not be a victim and make something of herself. Much like I hope Chaz can inspire people to be more accepting of gender identities. We, as a community of gay men, are very quick to judge trans people and even lesbians. I’ve even been guilty myself, but with exposure comes acceptance. It’s really good to see that in 30 comments only one was negative towards Chaz. We are all evolving and that’s certainly a good thing.

  19. woodroad34d says

    Will any hardcore Fox viewers watch DTWS anyways? The less viewers that would vote for the football jock or the lame Z-string star means a better chance for Chaz or Carson. Let them get the limelight for winning.

  20. Dastius Krazitauc says

    Yes, Woodroad34D, I think hardcore Fox News viewers do and will watch DWTS. They seem to get a lot of energy from hating and being outraged, so they will tune in to get their fix of outrage. They will watch under the guise of “doing their righteous duty” of cataloging how many times Chaz’s transgenderism is mentioned and then report back to their fellow outraged, righteous haters.

  21. kit says

    Why are the Faux News idiots so frantically busy attacking Chaz — and, by extension, all trans people? Because he matters. Because every time a person who doesn’t fit in with their Leave It to Beaver stereotype appears on TV, it is a small step forward in the fight for equality. It is another piece of evidence that there are *many* ways to be in the world. It opens another door of possibility and freedom and celebration of ALL of humanity. They only hate him because he is making a difference.

  22. scollingsworth says

    I’m surprised they didn’t encourage Catholic churches to open babysitting centers for us to send the kids to while watching “Dancing With the Stars” to give the off-duty priests something to do.

  23. mike/ says

    i propose that any female that appears on the program who has had breast augmentation must have it officially revealed by certified form as part of the screening procedures also.

    i know, it’s mostly a no-brainer in that they are really easy to spot, but i think it should be part of the official record to keep the show’s treatment of contestants equal.

    one other question – WHY would anyone watch this stupid show to begin with?

  24. Peter says

    I knew I was gay when I was about 4 years old. I know it is different for everyone but I do NOT believe that a child will be influenced by a dance show. This one more reason why I and my partner NEVER watch FOX. If I could totally delete the station I would.

  25. Brandon K. Thorp says

    Wait — how is it that the Fox author believes the impressionable children watching the show will come to know Chaz’s medical history? Either the kids will already know about the gender spectrum and will therefore be unfazed by Chaz’s existence, or else they won’t know, and won’t realize Chaz is any different from the other contestants.

    It seems the author’s *real* worry is that kids who’ve been trained to dislike transfolk will watch and say, “Hey! This guy’s not so bad!” If that’s the author’s point — whatta tool!

    – BKT

  26. Paul says

    As a young child, my siblings and I watched The Carol Burnett Show every week with my parents, who loved her. When Carol left her husband and remarried…out the door went her show. We were no longer allowed to watch Carol Burnett.
    My mother…she’s 85 now…still can’t watch TV…except for Little House on the Prarie. We can’t mention Carol Burnett, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson…the list is endless….in mommy’s company.
    Grow up you old fools…we’re able to make our own choices in life just fine and they don’t concern you!!!

  27. Chris Harris says

    I’ll not comment on the ridiculousness of the Dr’s comment. Rather, as a single gay dad, I’d like to offer an opinion re: children. WE DON’T GIVE THEM ENOUGH CREDIT. My 8yo understands that people can be born in the wrong body. It’s a feeling thing. They get that. ‘Nuf said.

  28. NJK in TX says

    Children these days ARE smarter than we give them credit for. My girls are smart enough to watch something and form their own opinion about hating something or not. One of them @ 14 has even created a “Rise Up” against hate campaign just to make people aware that it is not acceptable. They personally know several people in the GLBT community and are actively fighting to stop the hate against them in their school. We have never watched “DWTS” but we will this season just to cheer Chaz on. It takes alot of bravery to put yourself out in front of millons of people that you know are not completely accepting.

  29. Anonymously says

    Jesus how stupid people can be. When I was a kid I never knew nothing about transgendered peolple and I didnt get any right information. Well, it didnt do anything good for me, only made me almost kill myself beacause I didnt knew I could go through transition and live happy normal life. And sure as hell it didnt stop me being transgendered.

  30. says

    Funny, the fundamentalists never had a problem with Milton Berle being in drag on virtually every variety show from the late 1940s until the late 1980s. (look him up youngsters; my father made me watch him when I was a kid, it did not turn me gay; and I’ve never done drag.)

    And if the fundamentalists don’t like TV, well, then, the Amish route is open to them.

    My problem though, is not that fundies don’t like this or that — it’s that they aim to tell me what to like or not and how to believe while doing it.

    And the current Republican crop of creeps is about to start arguing over whether Perry’s Methodism, Santorum’s Catholicism, Romney’s Mormonism or Bachmann’s Evangelicalism is the very best sort of Christianity that should be followed; While the Democrats are preaching big government and state-sponsored crony capitalism a la Mussolini. It’s not a pretty picture no matter how one looks at it.

  31. Yolanda Fernandez says

    I think DwtS is wholly irresponsible inviting Chastity Bono to be in the new season cast.

    She is NOT a celebrity! She is the daughter of celebrities, who has never ever made a living on her own merits but instead practiced parasitism living off Sonny and Cher’s reputation as their daughter.

    How confused is she? First she comes out of the closet as a Lesbian. She becomes an activist for gay rights, which I applauded.

    Then, she disappeared from public view and came back with a double mastectomy, while shooting up with synthetic testosterone,broadcasting her name change and demanding she now be referred to as a man!
    When she still has female reproductive/sexual organs below the waist! Because she claims altering herself between the legs won’t work to give her a sex life she can enjoy.

    So now, if we’re suppose to believe she has always felt like a man inside, why won’t she commit to being a man head to toe? Instead of part way, because her priority is a big penis, that she claims isn’t possible with today’s surgical techniques. When we all know that’s a lie, because there are implants that can be surgically installed that work and give the full appearance of male genitalia.

    What Chastity is doing now is working to make transgenders accepted in society. Just like she did as a Lesbian, which she still is,stomping for equal rights for gays. Which she now disavows! Claiming she was never a gay rights activist.

    So what’s next Chastity? What are you going to be next? Pick something! Besides miserable failure as a ball room dancer, yet raging success as the punch line of a DwtS producer who thinks you’ll look like a magnificent freak while acquiring a gay viewership for the network!

    No one needs to tolerate a bigot like Chastity Bono. Yes, bigot! Figure it out.

  32. Craig says

    This weekend I said goodbye to a dear friend, 24 years old, trans f2m. He was heading back to the midwest to take care of his dying older sister, possibly having to be the one to decide whether to withdraw life support very, very soon. He will also raise her children as his own. Despite being in this crisis, he spent last night performing in a fund raiser for a local HIV/AIDS charity.

    In my book, Jayson is more man than any of these freaks on the conservative right will ever be. He is more human than any of these people at Faux News will ever hope to be. He is more Christian than any bigot on the religious right can ever aspire to be. Jayson, you rock, man! You have my undying support!

  33. Michaelandfred says

    I can’t even get angry about this because it’s just too comical. This whole hoopla about Chaz has hit new lows of absurdity and moved their arguments into lala land. First, who cares? Pregnant teens, crooked politicians, porn stars….Yeah, protect the Sanctity of DWTS. Secondly, no child or teen would even know about Chaz being transgender unless their parents first tell them, then tell them how disgusting what they just heard is. Let the far right rant. En masse they’ve become like Fred Phelps and the rest of the country is seeing it.

  34. Ken says

    What exactly is he a Doctor of? Because he should know better, and be ashamed of himself. I always find Fox News a joke, is’t Fox the same Co. that has shows like Married with Children? The Simpsons? Etc? Their Holier than thou attitude is laughable. While I am at it shut up Bill.

  35. Cheryl Rogers says

    You got to be kidding me. Butt out, if you don’t want to watch Chaz then don’t watch it. I am going to watch him dance with my 6 grandkids (4 girls and 2 boys) In my opinion keep your opinion to yourself. You are still living in the dark ages.

  36. ANTI-TB says


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