ABC Receives complaints about Chaz Bono appearing on DWTS…is this bigotry or something else?

ABC has been receiving some flak for selecting Chaz Bono as one of the contestants on the upcoming Dancing With the Stars. Messages received via their message board:
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 again her/him, I just don’t want that lifestyle choice continually flaunted in the media esp ABC.”
“Chaz Bono How low can this show sink. Well you have certainly addressed the gay commuity. Guess this will not be a family show any longer!!!! Lost my family!”
“YOUR choice to bring Chaz Bono into the mix goes too far. I am not about to risk the potential for on screen dialogue about sex changes and gender confusion while my 7 and 9 year old are watching. If you want the “anything goes” hippy culture, then soon that is all you will get. You’ve lost us. In case any of you are wondering … no, we are NOT tolerant. We are not tolerant to allow any and all influences to come unfiltered into our home and especially to our children. This is truly a sad farewell.”

So are these the statements of bigots, or are they parents who simply loved watching the show with their entire family? Tell me what you think.

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  • Andrew  On August 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

    apparently there are self-indulgent bigoted knuckleheads out there who just can NOT recognize that LGBTs are people too. ABC also has a show “Modern Family” with a gay family raising an adopted child.

  • willholahan  On August 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I would like to assure the writer of this opinion that there is nothing to worry about. Children are far more open to learn and understand than you realize. They are the adults that are having a hard time accepting gender change. Your concern that the “family” will be impacted is somewhat paranoid. Chaz is the child of Cher regardless of how he is expressing himself. A child will learn that everyone is different, and that every family is different.

    It seems that adults always have a harder time learning new languages and skills. Too bad.

  • rose  On August 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    These people are a bunch of bigots!!!! Your worried about your kids watching, guess what it’s not contagious! He looks like a dude. Do your kids even know who Sonny and Cher are? Will they even know he used to be a woman? Way to teach your kids intollerance.

    • musesofamom  On August 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      Rose, is it bigotry for a mother to be uncomfortable explaining sexual reassignment to a child? So you don’t think that in the course of her appearance on the show this issue is not going to be discussed? Everybody that expresses concern can not and should not be classified as a bigot.

      • Bill  On August 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm

        Wrong EM. Anyone who has a concern that is contrary to that of the progressive left is a bigot and cannot be tolerated by the left who demands tolerance of everyone else. Oh what a conundrum.

      • rose  On September 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

        explaining sex in general to a child can be uncomfortable. Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs there is. If you are not ready to handle that discussion don’t watch the show. As a mother of a college grad and a high school student, my children lived through those uncomfortable discussions and so did I. Although they may not agree with how everyone else may live their lives they do understand that it is still their life and it is not for them to judge or belittle. So let me say it one more time. DON’T WATCH THE SHOW. IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL. Goodluck explaining all the those uncomfortable things in life ti your children.

      • willholahan  On September 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

        It’s not bigotry to be uncomfortable explaining sexual reassignment. You might begin with your own understanding. When you make a big uncomfortable deal out of it, you child will be confused by your reaction. Get some help by talking to gay people.

  • bob  On September 1, 2011 at 2:04 am

    so I am supposed to be subjected to this thing? why? why do I have too. I thought it was freedom of speech and while I am not hurting the individual i am not committing no crime.
    there is no law that says I must watch or support.
    I am not stoning or hurting anyone I just personally do not approve and this makes me a bad guy? why?
    the gays took the word gay, rainbow, and pride…….I am sorry no more enough is enough I cant change them but for Gods sake leave me alone

    • willholahan  On September 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

      People who are jjugmental are the unhappiest people in the world. Yes, gay people say rainbow, and pride. People say “gay” because it is a nicer word than “faggot”. Just as you won’t watch DWTS, I refuse to watch shows like Jerry Springer, or Maury. Too much squalor.

  • Noneofurbusiness  On September 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    So I’m a bigot if I disagree with something??? Really? Its funny that these people come on a show and open themselves up and put it in our face … and we are not supposed to say anything because we dont want to be called a “bigot” or a transiphobe…. or whatever. WRONG!!! I am free to have an opinion… just like “Chaz” was free to think of herself as a guy… I think this is the lgbt and its supporters tactic to try to quiet their oponinents… but its not working. This is still America where I am free to have an opinion and the freedom to say it… No matter how much the lgbt community hates it….

    • LPM  On September 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Well said!

    • rose  On September 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

      You have a right to your opinion, you have a right not to watch. What are all you people bitching about don’t watch the freaking show. Ironic how you want your freedom of speech and don’t want to be labeled a bigot, yet you have no problem judging and labling Chaz.

  • LPM  On September 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    “Intolerant – adjective. not tolerant of others’ views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own”

    Who’s being intolerant here?

    Person A for opting not to watch the show because it displays something contrary to his/her views, opinion, behavior, or

    Person B for calling Person A names (bigot, knucklehead, take your pick) for exercising his/her option not to watch.

    Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!

    • willholahan  On September 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

      The biggotry is not in the personal choice to not watch a TV program, The biggotry is in the rhetoric and name calling that gay people have to endure, and the prohibitive laws and bans against gay people’s freedoms.

  • ddave  On September 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    RE: ‘Hate mail about Chaz Bono’

    For me this is living proof of the so-called ‘liberal mind’ set of the American people. Liberals, as I have always believed are all in favor of the ‘anything goes’ agendas. But once it gets into their own ‘back yards’…well that’s just a big ‘no-no’! Personally, I have zero use for mindless TV shows. And even less use for ‘gender confused’ issues. Oh, and to Cher : You’re 63 …not 23…lose the micro mini skirts please! For Chaz: You’ll never be a man, no matter how much surgery or money you have!

  • Elogam  On September 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I recall reading an article in the newspaper (San Francisco, of course) that took to task a person who had similar views to the reader above. He spent the first third of his article saying that it was not a “choice” but a “brave decision made after much anguish”. HA! I think that if you CHOOSE to go under the knife to have body parts removed/added, you CHOOSE to have hormone treatments, you CHOOSE to adopt a gender you weren’t born with, that pretty much makes it a ‘CHOICE’ in my book….

    I’ve never been crazy about the show. They call it “Dancing With The Stars”. I think they’ve run out of actual “stars” by now. (I mean really? Since when was Tom Delay a “star”?)

    • willholahan  On September 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Yes, we can choose our destiny. What have you chosen for yourself Are you happy?

  • ray lassonde  On September 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Personally, I think it’s brave to actually publicly voice an opinion contrary to the lgbt militantly politically motivated agenda these days. They resort to name calling to shut opposing views down. Words like, intolerant, bigot etc, tend to mute many people who disagree with these “alternative” life styles. Their agenda has found voice in education–California writing law which enforces curriculum to include homosexual history–liberal professors who wield the mighty red-pen intimidate students with contrary opinions to the lgbt community. The work place–employers threatening employees with the door, firing employees who are known to disagree with the lgbt life choice. Their agenda has found voice in the courts–The courts shutting down the majority peoples constitutional vote against homosexual marriage in California–Courts doing similar things across the country. Their agenda has found voice in the highest seats of government. Hollywood has given voice to lgbt over the past several years by inserting homosexuality in movies from comedies to suspense thrillers. But, families who want to protect their children from a very disagreeable life choice, and voice dissenting view points, lose their voice for fear of being called intolerant or bigoted. If you are a public figure of some influence, and voice a contrary opinion to the “alternative” sexual community, you are chastised publicly. You are put on an “out” list to be published in some capacity, and there is an overt movement to shame you publicly into retracting your true conviction. So, families, people of faith, and dissenting public figures keep their thoughts to themselves, and in a country which prides itself on giving voice to the voiceless tacitly accepts this outrage!

    • willholahan  On September 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Yes, it is brave to express one’s opinion. My family upbringing shaped me into a well balanced person. When people say that supporting gay family members is goes against traditional family values I want to scream. Gay people ARE part of the family, If that family does not embrace the values of understanding and acceptance, then that family is doomed to their own unhappiness. I pray for them, and at the same time I hold my head upright and continue my focus on life, regardless of nasty rhetoric coming out of the mouths of biggots.

      Gay people can create families the same way as their heterosexual counterparts. We will use donated sperm, eggs, and surrogates. It is typical for gay couples to adopt children.

      I’m waiting for preachers to say “whether gay or straight, the rules of good behavior are the same, and likewise, examples of bad behavior are the same whether gay or straight.” Everyone should have the right to share in the good values of our country.

      Biggots are road blocks to the betterment of our country.

  • WONDERFUL  On September 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    CHAZ IS NOT A STAR HOW ABOUT THAT!

  • lala  On September 4, 2011 at 2:00 am

    This is worse than Bristol Palin being on there.

  • Orion  On September 5, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Dances with Wolves would be more appropriate. Cheeee, give me a break. I don’t have to watch this….

  • RS  On September 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    It’s shocking to me that Chaz Bono is declared “off limits” and anti-family. It wasn’t that long ago that people were voting against mixed-race marriage and called it the demise of the American family. These people who supported family and didn’t support mixed-race marriage, or women’s rights to vote, African-Americans to vote and other offensive and demeaning acts were surely bigots. At this time, gender identity, rights of GLBT people and others are under a similar attack: Gays can’t create families – it’s unamerican. Additionally, the same people call into question the right of marriage; calling it a religious abomination. Times change, but having a group to censure and hate does not. Marriage is predominantly a civil status (remember the separation of church and state?) Let’s move on and let others express themselves publicly and without hate.

  • willholahan  On September 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Thanks RC, your comments are spot on. My family upbringing shaped me into a well balanced person. When people say that supporting gay family members is goes against traditional family values I want to scream. Gay people ARE part of the family, If that family does not embrace the values of understanding and acceptance, then that family is doomed to their own unhappiness. I pray for them, and at the same time I hold my head upright and continue my focus on life, regardless of nasty rhetoric coming out of the mouths of biggots.

    Gay people can create families the same way as their heterosexual counterparts. We will use donated sperm, eggs, and surrogates. It is typical for gay couples to adopt children.

    I’m waiting for preachers to say “whether gay or straight, the rules of good behavior are the same, and likewise, examples of bad behavior are the same whether gay or straight.” Everyone should have the right to share in the good values of our country.

    Biggots are road blocks to the betterment of our country.

  • Suzie  On September 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Did these so called family values people raise a ruckus about Bristol Palin being on the show? After all, she is a SINGLE, UNMARRIED mother. Yep, didn’t think they did. Hypocrites.

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