Cher slams "stupid bigots" over son Chaz Bono

Thu Sep 1, 2011 2:23pm EDT
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(Note: strong language in tweet, paragraph 4)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cher has slammed the "stupid bigots" who have attacked the casting of her transgender son Chaz on TV show "Dancing with the Stars", and called on her fans to flood social media websites with messages of support.

The singer and actress took to her Twitter account to defend Chaz Bono, who underwent a female-to-male sex change last year, saying it took courage for him to agree to be one of the celebrity contestants on the ballroom dancing show.

"lovelies! Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS!This is Still America right ? It took guts 2 do it," Cher tweeted on Wednesday.

"Can u guys check out sites & give him your support ? BTW ...Mothers don't stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who fk with their children !", she added.

Chaz Bono, 42, has been the target of jokes and hate messages on social media since the ABC network announced on Monday that he would be taking part in the new season of "Dancing with the Stars", starting on September 19.

Some fans have said they will no longer watch the show -- one of the most popular series in the United States -- while he is a contestant.

Bono, the only child of entertainers Cher and Sonny Bono, was born Chastity Bono and is still remembered in the United States as the cute little blonde girl who appeared on "The Sonny and Cher Show" in the 1970s.

He will be partnered on "Dancing with the Stars" with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer, who said the negative reaction is "not cool."   Continued...