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?


she she = dum dum


Elizabeth, I so AGREE! A whole WAD OF PEDOPHILES! Horrifying!


Heck, I always though Sunny was a little girlie. He was cute too!


Because he made such a blant observation that parents should not allow their children to watch Chaz on DWTS! HOW, pray tell, would they even KNOW that Chaz was once a woman IF their parents didn't TELL them?? They are NOT going to ANNOUNCE it on DWTS!!lol


Sandi2, You sound like a closet lesbian. Tho that's really not important. You are a human, and happy with who u r (I assume)...that's all Mr. Bono wants, and he really doesn't need your approval! I wish him, and others like him the very best! So there! (Bet u have a crewcut, don't you?)


Plain, Chaz does not menstruate, and has had her brests removed and takes male harmones. YOU don't know his soul, nor does Ablow! Thousands of people have had this surgery...FOR A REASON! It is serious surgery, and not done without reason. LEARN more about it! Lots of info. available! THEN you can speak with KNOWLEDGE, and not dum dum emotion!


Sandi2, your ignorance is showing. Until u r more imformed, like Ablow, you should be more aware of what u say. I suggest that you learn more about this subject before spouting off. It's really boring, and doesn't add a thing to this blog. Does it bring u pleasure to hurt others? I suspect it does. I pity ur poor friends and neighbors!


I imagine Keith Ablow thinks it's "wrong" to be gay or lesbian too! He needs to change professions...maybe a hunter or fisherman. People don't need his opinion! He's hurtful, and has a mean attitude!


I just hope that Chaz happy, and finding peace in his life. He didn't have this surgery lightly, and seems happy with his decision. I wish him only the very best. Ablow is a huge disappointment to me. I was planning to buy his book about Casey Anthony; but have changed my mind. Hundreds and hundreds of people have this same
]surgery, and doctors spend up to a year getting to know these people before they do this surgery. I suggest Ablow talk with some of these surgeons before running off at the mouth! He needs to educate himself!


You might not like what Dr Ablow has written but it's exactly what all qualified mental health professionals believe.

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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