Chaz should never have been criticized for his weight on ‘Dancing With the Stars’!
Chaz Bono, 42, faced enough criticism for being the first transgender contestant to compete on Dancing With the Stars, but after he and dance partner Lacey Schwimmer got kicked off the show on Oct. 25, Bono revealed that his biggest struggle was being bullied for his weight.
“I was called a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok, and I just didn’t appreciate it,” he told Good Morning America on Oct. 26.
It was unfair and just plain mean for the judges, Bruno Tonioli in particular, to pick on Bono for his weight, when the show is about improving dance technique and performance!
“If you want to critique my dancing and give me some constructive advice so I can try to improve the next time that I’m there, that would be great. But I don’t really know how to be less penguish, and so I kind of took offense to that,” he said. You tell ’em Chaz!
Not only was Chaz a hard worker, but he also proved to be a fan favorite for his fun and vibrant personality, and his enthusiastic attitude throughout the season.
Chaz also made a great point — if he were a woman, he would have never been called fat on TV! Past female contestants, most notably Kirstie Alley, was in fact praised by DWTS judges when she was on the show last season, despite her weight issues. So why was Chaz victim to such harsh and hateful comments? This would have never been the case if he were female.
Chaz got through it all with support from his partner Lacey and his mom, Cher!
After Bruno called her son fat on the show, Cher tweeted, ‘I COULD TEACH HIS LITTLE ARM WAVING ASS SOME MANNERS ! Critique CHAZ’S DANCE STYLE, MOVEMENTS ETC,.BUT DON’T MAKE FUN OF MY CHILD ON NAT.TV.’ She’s right! Calling him names is not constructive, not to mention way out of line!
Chaz is hoping that he can turn the negative comments around, and use his experience to become a role model for young men who are going through similar struggles. Before leaving the show he said, “I wanted to show America a different kind of man. If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would’ve been different.”
He should be happy that he no longer has to deal with the rude and unnecessary comments from insensitive judges. Chaz is an inspiration and we’ll miss him on DWTS!
What do you think, Hollywoodlifers? Were the judges wrong to call Chaz fat? Watch the interview and sound off below!