Dr. Keith Ablow to Parents: Don't Applaud For Chaz Bono!

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Lacey Schwimmer is on his side. So is Elisabetta Canalis.

But there's at least one person who would vote Chaz Bono off Dancing with the Stars right now if he could: Dr. Keith Ablow.

Laughing Chaz

Not everyone finds Chaz Bono's appearance on Dancing with the Stars to be funny.

Referring to Bono's presence on the show as "toxic," the psychiatrist has written an editorial for Fox News which reads:

I advise parents to not allow their children to watch the episodes in which Chaz appears.

The last thing vulnerable children and adolescents need, as they wrestle with the normal process of establishing their identities, is to watch a captive crowd in a studio audience applaud on cue for someone whose search for an identity culminated with the removal of her breasts, the injection of steroids and, perhaps one day soon, the fashioning of a make-shift phallus to replace her vagina.

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.

Chaz Bono should not be applauded any more than someone who, tragically, believes that his species, rather than gender, is what is amiss and asks a plastic surgeon to build him a tail of flesh harvested from his abdomen. If only a plastic surgeon would acquiesce, all would be well.

In the end, Dr. Ablow believes Chaz should be "empathized with" and treated with "dignity," just not applauded. It's a stance that is sure to create controversy. Where do you stand on it?


Surely before civil rights.. we would not have been wanting our children to see a black person dancing on tv.. this is very much the same scenario.. u cannot see your own bigotry.. it will make sense in the years to come.. ppl are ppl.. have tolerance




there is no difference between what keith ablow is saying and pure, unadulterated prejudice and racism. if he was saying not to watch because a black person was on there, or a person with disabilities, or someone who is hindu, then that (obvioously) would be unacceptable, but singling out transgendered people is somehow "patriotic"? what he and his supporters is saying only teaches children hate for people who are DIFFERENT, no matter what the difference is.. and this is how bullies are born. kids aren't born thinking "different is bad"; they learn it from bigoted adults. what happened to valuing and celebrating the uniqueness of all humans? i hope to protect my child from this kind of hate spewing, so that she will grow up understanding that the differences are what makes us all human, and that people who want to live in a world of "vanilla" sameness lack creativity.


Chaz is not a he she is a she. Just check the coding - AKA, then DNA. Bet you a million dollars it comes back female.


Some of you need to keep your mouth shut. Or someone needs to shut it for you everyone is born differently. Some people are born straight ome are born gay, some feel they should have been born the other gender who gives a dam seriously grow up people it's not like chaz is the only one who has ever gotten a sex change let him be. If he wants to wrong around happy and show off how happy he is now good freaking let him, at least it shows that no matter what the hell people think of you never let bring you down. Quit judging Chaz and others like him!!!


Ok Chaz is a transgender so what? Who flippin cares let chaz be who he wants to be if someone wants to go from being a woman to a man or a man to a woman freakin let them it's no one else's decision and it's not effecting anyone else. Transgenders are people just like the rest of us, they think, walk, and talk just like we all do so grow the hell up and quit complaining. Sheesh people like you who have something bad to say about certain people make me sick!!!!!


Dr. Ablow makes a very clear and logical point that should be taken seriously. Our society is so obsessed with political correct thinking and misplaced empathy for the "underdog cause of the moment" that we forget to think critically about the unintended consequences that our actions have on those around us and on future generations. Being compassionate does not mean that we should also ignore common sense.


is being a man mental or physical?? most people agree its physical. therefore chaz, SHE'S a Fake...


to claim something, you need to be 100% not 50%.. I'm not judging wrong or right.. but come on, don't try to take credit to be a 1st, when you don't even qualify....


I dont get it I for one dont appreciate a women who mutilated her body to look like a man parading around on TV. I also cant believe any ethical doctor would perform this dangerous procedure pumping her full of hormones. I am not hateful I believe you should be able to do what you want but I for one wont be watching this show. I believe that gender roles were a learned behavior and that nobody is born gay.

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente