As more conservative Dancing With the Stars watchers like psychiatrist Keith Ablow are urging people to boycott the show for adding Chaz Bono to the cast, others like celebrity attorney Gloria Allred are looking to support Bono with a national transgender dance-off.
After it was announced that Bono would be cha-cha-ing his way into America's living rooms on this season's Dancing With the Stars, he said he has received a lot of support as well as numerous threats and other negative feedback. One of the most notable is Fox News's Ablow, who wrote an op-ed for the network's website urging parents not to let their children watch the show. Ablow also characterized Bono as a "transsexual woman," referred to him with female pronouns, and called him a "very disordered person."
"The truth is that Chaz Bono should be empathized with and treated with dignity. Any contribution he makes to the world should be applauded as it would be for any other person," he wrote last week. "But Chaz Bono should not be applauded for asserting she is a man (and goes about trying to look like one) any more than a woman who believes she will be happier without arms, has them removed and then continues to assert that she was right all along — her self-concept was that of a double amputee. Now, all is well."
In retaliation to the backlash, Allred announced to the press Tuesday that she and Los Angeles activist Robin Tyler would coordinate viewing parties across the country starting with the September 19 season premiere.
Allred said she would cut a rug with every transgender person who wants to dance with her at the Los Angeles viewing parties.