As many of you already know, for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars (premiering next Monday, 9/19) I’m totally Team Chaz Bono. It’s such a brave move on his part to partake in the competition as the first transgendered person to compete on the show. I think it’s completely ridiculous that some very narrow-minded people are planning to boycott the show, so I’ll be doing everything in my power to help Chaz remain on the show. Plus I fucking love his mom, the legend known only as Cher, anybody who tries to mess with her or her kid needs to be taken down. Chaz made an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres‘ daytime talk show (the episode airs today) and received a surprise phone call from his mom, who has been totally supportive through all the drama. Read on below for what Cher has to say to all the haters!
DWTS contestant Chaz Bono makes an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wed., September 14th. Ellen surprises Chaz with a phone from his biggest supporter, his mother, Cher and discusses the controversy surrounding him taking part in DWTS.
Ellen surprises Chaz with a phone call from his mother Cher …
Ellen: We have someone on the phone … Hello, Cher. It’s your Mom.
Cher: Hi Sweetheart. How are you?
Ellen: I’m fantastic. How are you?
Ellen: I was just saying to Chaz. What a brave human being. You must be so proud of how brave he is?
Cher: I am. Chaz and I actually talked about this several times over the years and then nothing happened. And in one way I thought, oh god, this is going to be so terrible. He is going to have to go through so much. The way he’s handled himself. You know, my child, is a wonderful child.
Chaz: Thank you.
Cher on her thoughts of people boycotting DWTS
Ellen: I have to hear this because I adore when speak your mind. I just want to hear your thoughts on people that are saying that they should boycott the show. They’re asking people not to watch DWTS. What would you say to them?
Cher: You know, I don’t know if people are that determined … if you got that excess time and that amount of hostility, I’m not so sure that I can say anything to you that would make you change your feelings. Because you know those are such feelings of hostility and fear, that I don’t know that I would have any magic words to make you feel more comfortable and to soothe you into not being terrified of my child dancing on Dancing With The F*#%ing Stars.
Ellen: There you go. That’s what I’m saying. That is the key thing to remember. This is your child. I think if any mother out there listening to this … What if someone attacked your child? Try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Chaz on how his dancing is going…
Chaz: Hi, Mom and thanks for all the support and I’ll give you a call later.
Cher: How is your dancing?
Chaz: My first dance is pretty good. The Cha Cha. The Quick Step gives me nightmares but I’m starting to feel pretty confident. We did it for some of the other people on the show today and they seem to really like it.
Cher: I got to tell you something. You doing this dance is about as scary as you making the “change” (laughing)
Ellen: That is hilarious.
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