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Cher Defends Son Chaz Bono's Decision to Do DWTS

USMagazine, Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 4:19pm (PDT)
  • Don't mess with the original diva!

    After anonymous commenters plagued message boards mocking Chaz Bono's decision to compete on the thirteenth season of Dancing With the Stars, Cher leaped to her son's defense on Twitter Wednesday.

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    "Chaz is being viciously attacked on blogs and message boards about being on DWTS! This is still America right? It took guts to it," she wrote. "I support him no matter what he chooses to do. . .It took courage to do DWTS! Thank God Chaz has an unlimited supply."

    The legendary singer, 65, then got angry, reminding her Twitter followers: "Mothers don't stop getting angry with stupid bigots who f--- with their children!"

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    Bono, 42, will be the first transgender contestant to appear on the ABC reality show, and he hopes to use the exposure to enlighten viewers about the LGBT community.

    "At this point I want people to know that transgender people are just like everyone else. We're not people to be afraid of or misunderstood," Bono told Us Weekly at the cast reveal Monday. "I would love to get that message across.

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    Bono is paired with pro Lacey Schwimmer, 23, whose previous celebrity partners include Lance Bass, Steve-O, Mark Dacascos, Kyle Massey and Mike Catherwood. The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres September 19 on ABC.

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