Announcements for this season’s “Dancing With The Stars” drew criticism over Chaz Bono’s participation. The show historically pairs men and women regardless of sexuality.
Some have criticized the selection of Bono, who recently underwent a gender change, as being too overweight. Viewers were outraged over DWTS selection of the high-profile transgender-change image that Chaz profiles. On the “Dancing With The Stars” message board, hundreds of comments poured in. Some comments were ugly.
On Good Morning America, the announcement of the DWTS pairing were revealed. Chaz Bono will dance with Lacey Schwimmer. In the past, Schwimmer was paired with openly gay Lance Bass.
One viewer commented they were a huge fan of the show saying, “Been a fan of this show since season two and eagerly await each season to get my dancing/entertainment ‘fix’!! But when I heard that Chaz Bono was going to be on, I was sick. Not that I have anything personally again her/him, I just don’t want that lifestyle choice continually flaunted in the media esp. ABC.”
Another viewer said, “YOUR choice to bring Chaz Bono into the mix goes too far. I am not about to risk the potential for on screen dialogue about sex changes and gender confusion while my 7 and 9 year old are watching. If you want the “anything goes” hippy culture, then soon that is all you will get. You’ve lost us. In case any of you are wondering … no, we are NOT tolerant. We are not tolerant to allow any and all influences to come unfiltered into our home and especially to our children. This is truly a sad farewell.”
The comments have mixed feelings. Others are excited to have Bono on the show. The LGBT community are standing by Bono and supporting him.
Bono’s book, “Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man” was released this past summer. The book is an open reveal of Chaz Bono’s forty-year struggle. Describing in “Transition”, Chaz tells the story of how Chastity, a once little girl who appeared on the Sonny and Cher Show, became a man.
Throughout the book, Chaz touches on themes of identity, gender, and sexuality; parents and children; and how harboring secrets shatters the soul. The editorial review calls it “an amazing contribution to our understanding of a much- misunderstood community.”
Transsexualism, transgenderism, or Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a desire to change one’s sex or to fulfill the role of the opposite gender.
While most have an opinion on this matter, the Bible has plenty to say about human sexuality.
The Bible teaches, “After the fall of man, it did not take long for gender issues to become confused. In Abraham’s day, homosexuality was widespread in some cities.” In this article, “Is gender identity disorder the result of sin?” The writer discusses, Psalm 139 which states God fashions each one of us. His wonderful work leaves no room for mistakes.
What do you think? Has DWTS crossed the line? It was Bono’s decision to change genders which made him one of the highest-profile transgendered people in the world. Only God can judge that.
For the viewers of DWTS, is the program creating controversy to draw in more fanfare? Some of the program’s viewers seem to think so.