Leigh Says: Did Chaz Bono Just Call Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Transgender?! OMG!

Tue, May 10, 2011 3:30pm EDT by 31 Comments
Posted Tue, May 10, 2011 3:30pm EDT

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Sonny and Cher’s son, who transitioned from female to male, “would love” to talk to Brangelina about Shiloh. Hey Chaz, why are you making assumptions!

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s 4½-year-old daughter Shiloh is known around the world for her tomboy style and rough and tough personality, but no one ever claimed she was actually transgender — until now …

Cher and the late Sonny Bono‘s son, Chaz Bono, formerly known as Chastity, underwent a gender reassignment, and wants to let Brangelina, and the world, know that there’s nothing wrong with being a tomboy.

“I would love to talk to [Brad and Angelina] at some point,” Chaz, 42, tells E! News. “To at least let them know we have this resource for them if they ever need it.” Did he just imply that Shiloh is a transgender! That’s taking it a bit too far, don’t you think?

Chaz, who volunteers for a support group for kids with gender identity issues, explains to E!, “I relate to these kids. The difference between them and myself is that I didn’t articulate it and fight for it and say, ‘No, no, no! I’m a boy!’ I have so much respect for these kids that do.”

And he adds, “People get too freaked out about kids and what to do with kids. If you just let kids do what they need to do they usually have the right idea.” Exactly, so why not let Shiloh live out her tomboy days in peace and stop assuming she’s something unless you know she is!

Chaz, who releases a new memoir, Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man, on Tuesday and also stars in a new documentary, Becoming Chaz, which he hopes will make people more aware of the transgendered community.

HollyMoms, do you think Chaz took the Shiloh comparison a little too far?

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Leonardo

Posted at 12:50 AM on April 29, 2012  

What harm did Chaz really do? If anything, he’s providing resources IN CASE Shiloh turns out to be trans. Those blasting Chaz are upset that he would even dare to say such a thing. What harm did he really do?

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Mia

Posted at 7:15 PM on March 31, 2012  

I think he meant well but should have stayed out of it.

I think this stuff about Angelina turning Shiloh into a boy to sublimate her bisexual urges is pure crap. Her two other daughters dress like perfectly normal girls, as a matter of fact her youngest often looks like she’s playing dress up. Shiloh also looks happy and exhuberant even when she’s swimming wearing boy’s trucks. If I’d been forced to wear a boy’s bathing suit as a kid, I would have spent the day crying not playing happily. So I don’t think Angie is pushing anything on her.

I think there’s a chance Shiloh is transgendered, but she also might just be a tomboy. Even if she is, though, it’s none of Chaz Bono’s business, and I can see Bradgelina being annoyed by someone talking in the media about giving them in advice they haven’t asked for.

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shell

Posted at 5:13 PM on January 29, 2012  

As the parent of a gender-variant child, let me tell you: Children WILL choose their own gender expression, starting as young as age 2, REGARDLESS of what the parents want. However, it is NOT an indication that the child will grow up to be transgender. Most of gender-variant boys grow up to be gay men. Most gender-variant girls grow up to be heterosexual. It is very hard raising a gender-variant child, and I feel for the scrutiny Angelina and Brad are going through. To “sauce,” the parent who says her kids didn’t demonstrate clothing preferences: this is because your children are not gender-variant. My son dresses in boy’s clothes but since the age of 2 he has taken blankets and wrapped them around himself, pretending they are “dresses.”

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sauce

Posted at 7:44 PM on January 25, 2012  

What you all are missing is that this is more the parents choosing things for Shiloh. Do you think at 2 when Shiloh started dressing as a boy, she really wanted it? She is simply agreeing to what her parents are telling her is normal. Kids that age DO NOT usually even notice their clothing! I have 3 of them, and NEVER at age 2-4 did any of my kids even realize what clothes I put on them. The only thing that I can think of is, that maybe Shiloh was born with some male and some female organs and they are letting her choose what she wants to be. Otherwise, the child should probably see a therapist. This isn’t simply a girl wearing some boys clothes, they are even dressing her in swimming shorts. People are acting like Shiloh goes out and purchases her own clothes! Brad and Angelina are pushing her into this. This might be excuseable for an older kid, but at this age, there is a serious problem with the parents.

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sauce

Posted at 7:45 PM on January 25, 2012  

And you all may have been tomboys, but how many of you wore boys swimshorts swimming? Had parents that bought them boys clothes and cut their hair like a boy? You can be a tomboy but still remain a girl with normal hair and clothing…

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Lori

Posted at 5:29 PM on September 8, 2011  

I was very much a tomboy growing up.In fact at one point I thought I was supposed to be a male. I have always been able to relate to males better than females. But I am very much a WOMAN.We have more problems in this world that are way more important.Get your head out of you butt and complain about what is happening to our country before we no longer have a free country.

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shaughn hill

Posted at 11:30 PM on August 20, 2011  

Good on Chaz for doing what he wants but he should stay away from the Pitt-Jolie clan, as many young girls who are tomboys grow up to be stunning women, (myself included, wanted to be a boy… thank god I grew a set of tits …not biguns but enuf to know I am a girl and damn happy to be..) Tomboy doesn’t equate to a man, it is a physically non gender period, that most girls grow out of… pretty sure there is more to Chasity turning into Chaz than a tomboy feeling! Like not enuf mommy daughter time, not to knock Cher cause she is cool as hell, but really… do you know what went into that relationship other than allot of nannies and a stunning mom, little chasity couldn’t identify with… Angie and Shiloh will be fine Chaz, this was a bullshit comment to place on a baby girl you don’t know because you want to identify with some popular little innocent kid who is playing with her big brothers! STAY AWAY! and keep your self centered comments to yourself! You are not what every tomboy turns into! Thank Goodness!

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Nicole

Posted at 3:49 AM on August 19, 2011  

I think Shiloh is transgender, so what? Whether he was implying it or not, being transgender is not bad thing and I don’t believe “Brangelina” would be/is offended by him offering them help if they need it. I saw a quote from Angelina and she said that Shiloh wants to be a boy and thinks she is one of the brothers, that’s why they cut her hair short. She also said that she thinks it is beautiful that Shiloh has her own sense of style and is not afraid or ashamed to be herself and she shouldn’t be. If she is a tomboy only, that’s cool, if she is transgender, nothing wrong with that either.

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Karen

Posted at 11:51 AM on May 18, 2011  

Just because Shiloh is a tomboy does not necessarily make her want to be transgender. I was a huge tomboy growing up with only four brothers (no sisters). I remained a tomboy until my thirties. I have never wanted to be a boy or transgender. If she choses to be transgender I am sure Brad and Angelina will deal with it compassionately.

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Jel

Posted at 6:33 PM on May 16, 2011  

Shiloh’s parents seem to have no problem letting her be who she wants to be and wear what she wants to wear.

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sick of bigotry

Posted at 8:29 PM on May 15, 2011  

leigh, you should be ashamed – stop muckraking and providing a forum for the close-minded bigots out there

he did not imply that shiloh is transgendered – merely said that he would like to talk to brad and ange and tell them there are resources IF THEY EVER NEED IT.

ie if shiloh happens to be trans, there are resources and support out there. nobody is claiming that a 4 year old is trans, but at the same time nobody can know what’s going on inside shiloh’s head/heart/body. only time will tell.

it wasn’t out of line for him to publicly let brad and ange know, given that he obviously has no access to them, that people are there if they need it down the track.

the way brad and ange let shiloh dress and be however she wants without loving her any less is inspiring and i’m sure that, should there ever be a need for it, they will support her through whatever she may or may not go through.

it could be a tomboy stage. it could be the beginning of self-realisation of any number of gender and sexuality issues. just stay the hell out of it.

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Mister

Posted at 1:53 PM on May 14, 2011  

Imagine, for just one minute, that you were transgender. Really think about it. Then go look at the comments on here. It is no wonder it takes transgener people years to come out. Thankfully, there are those like Chaz who are willing to put up with this kind of close-minded bigotry, so that trans kids do not have to keep killing themselves because they are afraid to face the same discrimination in these messages everyday for the rest of their life.

Shame on all of you who have no experience with the concept of transgender, but think you get to make decisions for people you don’t even know with your tiny minds.

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sick of bigotry

Posted at 8:27 PM on May 15, 2011  

thumbs up mister

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Aria

Posted at 11:21 PM on May 13, 2011  

this is just a phase. One day she will want to make friends with girls her age, when you are 13 years or so, meet boys and such …

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audrey

Posted at 7:59 PM on May 11, 2011  

I have assumed Shiloh was transgendered for quite some time. Then again, I know many lesbians (and tomboys) who dress male and wish to remain female.

Time will tell.

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rachel s

Posted at 1:28 PM on May 11, 2011  

she’s got 2 older brothers, her parents are eccentric. Chaz needs to keep his mouth shut about things that are none of his business. thats great that he’s identified HIMSELF, but he doesn’t have any business identifying small children PUBLICALLY.

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Rach

Posted at 6:40 AM on May 11, 2011  

Completely uncalled for. Shiloh is a child, and is still growing, and certainly doesn’t need people to be putting their own ideas about transgender on to her. What if she started thinking these things only because others were saying it?

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victory

Posted at 6:11 AM on May 11, 2011  

This article bothers me on many levels. First and foremost, Shiloh is 4, yes it is interesting that she wants to dress and physically look like a boy, her parent’s will have to deal w/ the issue as time goes by. For Chaz to recruit this child to his support group is out of line. I will also say, Chaz has his own issues, weight! There is an underlying reason why he is obese, joining “celebrity fit club” wasn’t the answer, some deeply rooted issues are best left to a good pyschologist. It isn’t healthy to be carrying that amount of girth. When all is said and done, Chaz has found peace as a man, but for Shiloh, let nature take it’s course.

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RSMG

Posted at 1:12 AM on May 11, 2011  

I can completely understand why Chaz would think this. And it seems like he has good intentions about supporting the family if Shiloh is transgendered. I think that by saying that by showing a strong negative reaction to what he has implied will simultaneously show a negative reaction to being transgendered. There is nothing wrong with being transgendered, gender-queer, or intersex. If people would stop thinking that there is something wrong with this then perhaps there wouldn’t need to be support groups or individuals who are gender-different. They would simply be accepted and supported by everyone. And he isn’t necessarily making assumptions. Perhaps he is recognizing behaviors in Shiloh that others wouldn’t so easily identify because he has been there first-hand.

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Orchid

Posted at 3:22 PM on May 11, 2011  

I agree with “RSMG” 100%, she must see something everyone else doesn’t. Look at the kid, I don’t think it’s an assumption. I think back to an article on HollyBaby where a little boy liked to dress up like a girl and everyone in the comments section was saying that he was probably gay. Was it so preposterous to think that it might be true? No! He was dressed in a tutu! What’s the difference here? It’s a little girl who likes to dress up like a boy. I didn’t know that it was an insult to offer future help to a child that because of their tendencies or preference of dress might turn into an transgender individual. God forbid! Literally! Get a Grip folks. It’s not that serious.

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Patricia

Posted at 10:05 PM on May 10, 2011  

Too be honest I always thought the same thing about Shiloh. That or she will grow up to be gay cause she even wants to be called by a boys name.

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patty

Posted at 10:41 PM on May 10, 2011  

@patricia Too be honest i bet your the one that’s gay.

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Posted at 11:36 PM on May 10, 2011  

Why do you say that like it’s an insult, Patty? Are you suggesting something is wrong if with her if she is gay?

 
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BLANK

Posted at 9:44 PM on May 10, 2011  

Kids grow out of it. I remember when i was in middle school about to girls my class dressed like tomboys then later turned girlier. Its just a fase…

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Bender

Posted at 7:52 PM on May 10, 2011  

She’s pretending to be a man and will never, ever be one. Someone with mental illness as bad as her needs to leave children alone. Calling a 4 year old ‘transgender’, just damn.

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suezq

Posted at 5:55 PM on May 10, 2011  

kids can wear the crazy clothes. I know, that i did. but i out grew it. it does’nt mean anything. Chaz should’nt say anything!

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Alli

Posted at 8:57 PM on May 10, 2011  

learn contractions: doesn’t. shouldn’t. idiot.

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jb

Posted at 5:25 PM on May 10, 2011  

“CHAZ”!!! MIND YOUR OWN F-ING BUSINESS!!!!

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maren

Posted at 5:21 PM on May 10, 2011  

I have thought the very same thing for a long time. It is highly probable that she will have gender issues. She goes beyond the whole tomboy image. Luckily, her parents seem to be extremely open minded and have allowed her to express herself in the way that she wants.

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pat

Posted at 5:00 PM on May 10, 2011  

Chaz Bono what a dumb ass, talking about a small child Shiloh will not grow up to be like her. Bono ugly as a girl and uglyer as a man..

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Alli

Posted at 12:37 PM on May 10, 2011  

i vaguely remember this very site suggesting the same thing a while back. so shut up, hypocrites.

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