Although the casting of Chaz Bono has been highly controversial to a few vocal fans of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars with many criticizing the network for having a “homosexual agenda,” the professional partner of Bono, Lacey Schwimmer, is not having any of it.
Wednesday, Schwimmer — who will be making her sixth appearance as a pro on the hit series — denounced the controversy surrounding her dance partner. “Why people feel it’s okay to judge, bully and harass others forcing themselves is beyond me. Shame on you people,” she tweeted. She added that the hateful remarks toward Bono are “not okay.”
Schwimmer also adds that she is “thrilled” to be partnered with Bono. “I’m so thrilled to let you know my dance partner on [Dancing with the Stars] is [Chaz Bono]!! He is such an amazing person! And so sweet! Weee!” the 23-year-old tweeted. “He has been working so hard this past week! Such a beautiful person inside and out!”
Bono is a transgender advocate who was born a woman named Chastity Bono to Sonny and Cher but underwent a sex change in 2009 to legally become a man. Bono says he’s doing the reality series to prove that transgendered individuals are just like everyone else.
Regarding his dance partner, Bono also praised Schwimmer Wednesday during an appearance of the syndicated Ryan Seacrest radio program. “[Lacey] really thought it was great that I was doing it and wanted to know how I was feeling about it — if I was nervous and how it was going,” Bono said.
Bono also revealed that the network wanted him to appear as a celebrity on season 12 of DWTS but he couldn’t do it due to commitments on a documentary he was working on as well as a book and film he was promoting.