Rep: Chaz Bono Not Going To Back Down From ‘DWTS’

Written by Jessica Smith on Sep. 03, 2011

Chaz Bono’s representative says that Bono expected to get backlash for appearing on Dancing with the Stars, but admits that he didn’t expect it to reach the level that it now has. Howard Bragman told ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday that despite the criticism directed toward Bono, he “is really taking it well.”

“He’s really using [the controversy] to motivate himself. He’s working incredibly hard, dancing hours at a time, and he’s committed to being a great dancer and having a great time on the show,” he added.

In fact, Bragman says that the controversy surrounding Bono has motivated him to stay on the show. “This has really reinforced his decision to be part of the show. No way is he going to back down,” he said.

Critics and longtime watchers of the hit reality series, which regularly tops the ratings, criticized the network for “no longer being a family show,” “reaching a new low,” and “trying to desperately raise ratings” because of the casting of Bono.

DWTS executive producer defended the casting of Bono Wednesday in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “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,” Conrad Green said.

He also denied that the series had a “homosexual agenda” for casting Bono and former Queer Eye star Carson Kressley. “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 said.


  • Sand2582

    Good for Chaz! People need to take a chill pill on this whole thing.

  • Tanus Set

    The reason there has been such a strong backlash is that Chastity Bono has made such a self-destructive choice. It would be the same as having someone on the show who regularly binge drinks in a very public way, or someone who actively promotes cutting in order to relax.

    Chastity has mutilated her genitals in the misguided attempt to take on some superficial appearances of being male. She has harmed herself and any person who values health and wholeness will be shocked and saddened.

    • KANDI

      Read a book.

      • Yes! One book to read is “Man’s Search for Meaning”, by the renowned Psycho-therapist, Viktor Frankl, who discovered that human beings have the ability to rise above their behavioral and sexual predispositions and choose the lives they want to live. Chastity chose to be a male and medical technology allowed her to have a hysterectomy, a mastectomy and ingest male hormones in order to deceive her chromosomes and DNA and live somewhat like a male human being. That took immense individual courage and proves humans can choose the life they live. Good luck and truly best wishes to Chastity in her role as a male dance partner. She exudes the spirit of free human will!

        • Sanity

          I think you missed the point of Frankl’s book.  Sorry.

    • BT

      Are you for real? It’s called a sex change operation. He was man born into a woman’s body. His sole and his heart were male and so he wanted the body to match the heart and sole.

      • The fantasy of being “born a a man in a woman’s body” is supposed to be for real? Human beings are not automatons or robots…so sorry. We are not pre-programmed like mice with zero ability to overcome our impulses. Human beings have the innate and God-given capability to rise above their emotional and behavioral instincts, sexual as well…and be whomever they choose to be…or not! To devolve humans down to being slaves of their “hardwired” instincts, as if the were dogs or cats…just to feel better about a life style is not only pathetic but sad and scary. Thank God for psycho-therapists like Dr. Viktor Frank who discovered that human beings are not the sum total of circuity, cells and molecules in their bodies but are much more than that. God bless Chastity for making her own free choice,having a hysterectomy, removing her breasts, ingesting male hormones and defying her chromosome and DNAs, to be the person she wants to be. She defines how humans are above animals and can decide their lives for themselves! I applaud her immensely! Hope she does well in her role as a male dance partner. In the meantime, let’s stop the pretending that human beings are nothing more than pre-programed robots. We are of course, so much more, and Chastity proves that every day!

    • cr

      Oh my! Your ignorance just fell out…you might want to check on it.

    • Givemeabreak

      The self destructive choice would have been to continue living a lie. Until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes, please refrain from sharing misguided opinions

    • She truly has every right to be any person she wants to be. That includes having a mastectomy, a hysterectomy and ingesting male hormones. She is a free human being and humans have the capacity to either give in to their pre-dispositions or change them. She CHOSE to give in…God bless her. many don’t and history is replete with millions of people living meaningful lives having overcome sexual preferences as well as other behavioral traits. I truly hope she does well in her role as a male dancing partner. God bless Chastity.

  • Jeffiner71

    Kids wouldn’t know who Chastity/Chaz Bono is unless their parents explain it.

  • “critics and longtime watchers of the show”. Who? Name names. Whos specifically? name a prominent group. name some watchers. Let’s see the myriad of negative comments! This is a total fraud! TV is total fraud! God, this is such a scam! The controversy is phony, fake…a fraud. Most people don’t care! This is designed to create awareness and sympathy to sell i-phones, cars and so sorry to rebut…but it is obviously to push an agenda, simple as that! It’s so obviously about countering the Bristol Palin agenda previously on DWTS! Its about creating a fairy tale story about “overcoming” and “rising above”…and all of the rest pablum. Its pablum because its contrived! The publicists are having field days ginning up fake news about this, including of course this! Who cares if she wins or loses. It’s as phony as a sex change. God bless her with her decision to remove her genitals and breasts be what she wants to be. She has every right to be the person she thinks she is….she’s a free, intelligent human being! I wish her the very best! Hope she performs well. It matters not! Its TV, its total fraud and so is the ginned-up controversy! The only issue here is the fakery behind it and how easily people can be duped!

  • Tanus Set

    Out of all of the outraged comments, my favorite was “read a book”. That so clearly shows the knee jerk and uninformed responses because my life is about books. The largest room in my house is covered on all four walls with permanently installed bookcases and my library is larger than some schools’ libraries.

    This just goes to show that some people when confronted with opinions that do not match their own respond with ad hominem attacks. Do these people not realize that most educated people consider ad hominem attacks to be the surest sign of someone who has run out of valid arguments?

    I’ll bet that most of the people who disagreed with me claim to love diversity, but their actions show that their love of diversity is in name only and is reserved for a narrow group of people who believe exactly as they do.

  • Tanus Set

    So, how does the average person feel about transgendered individuals? Up until recently, I attended a church that was very pro gay and pro transgender in fact, I was an elder their for a while. I did not choose that church but attended because some people that I love dearlt went there and wanted me to go too. Unlike many people, I have the ability to be surrounded by people who disagree with me. In fact, I met my wife at that church.

    The funny thing is that the church decided to advertise its pro-gay and pro-transgendered stance and soon enough transgendered people started attending. Some of them were able to sort of pull off looking like the opposite sex, but there were also some beefy men with square jaws and huge hands in sexy little dresses. All of these people who thought that they were all for the transgendered lifestyle were freaked out. The transgendered people picked up on it and quietly stopped attending. The church still has a rainbow flag out front and is still seen as gay friendly. The point of the story is that most people find that their skin crawls when actually confronted with a transgendered person. Our instinct for health and wholeness is too strong. The truth of the matter is that these people truly are sick and damaged.

    We can argue that we should all be compassionate for people who are blind, deaf, or physically disables and I will agree. The difference with a transgendered person is that they chose to damage their bodies, which all healthy people find repulsive. The blind and disabled person did not choose to be that way. If a person did choose to tear out their eyes as an alternative lifestyle, we would also be repelled. The greatest source of discomfort for the average person is that the transgendered person argues that self-mutilation is to be embraced.

  • Tanus Set

    So, how does the average person feel about transgendered individuals? Up until recently, I attended a church that was very pro gay and pro transgender in fact, I was an elder their for a while. I did not choose that church but attended because some people that I love dearlt went there and wanted me to go too. Unlike many people, I have the ability to be surrounded by people who disagree with me. In fact, I met my wife at that church.

    The funny thing is that the church decided to advertise its pro-gay and pro-transgendered stance and soon enough transgendered people started attending. Some of them were able to sort of pull off looking like the opposite sex, but there were also some beefy men with square jaws and huge hands in sexy little dresses. All of these people who thought that they were all for the transgendered lifestyle were freaked out. The transgendered people picked up on it and quietly stopped attending. The church still has a rainbow flag out front and is still seen as gay friendly. The point of the story is that most people find that their skin crawls when actually confronted with a transgendered person. Our instinct for health and wholeness is too strong. The truth of the matter is that these people truly are sick and damaged.

    We can argue that we should all be compassionate for people who are blind, deaf, or physically disables and I will agree. The difference with a transgendered person is that they chose to damage their bodies, which all healthy people find repulsive. The blind and disabled person did not choose to be that way. If a person did choose to tear out their eyes as an alternative lifestyle, we would also be repelled. The greatest source of discomfort for the average person is that the transgendered person argues that self-mutilation is to be embraced.

    • Tanus Set

      Whoops, this post is full of typos. I typed too quickly and hit the post button too quickly. Sorry about that.