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?

Dana hernandez kilgore

What he is saying is true. By definition Chaz is a double amputee. If he felt ike a man, he could of very well just said he was from here on out and if we were such an "awesome society" we would have accepted him as such.


she could'nt make it as a woman.now she is going to screw it up as a half ass cheer will support it for life


What's wrong with applauding while watching a 747 take off down the runway?

Tanika kiedis

No @obamaisanidiot it is fuck up as in shut the fuck up fuckface.


Dr Ablow, thank you for having the courage to speak the truth in a world of haters. I admire you!


Dr, WHO? You are done. Times have changed and you have not. Give credit to Chaz as a person ready to "dance", rather then place him as "wrong". I wish Chaz the best!!! Go get em!!!


these so called educated people seem to have everything mixed up. Firstly I praise anyone that is going through what Chaz is going through. These changes are not taken lightly. So I applaude Chaz. Secondly give children more credit, just because they see a transgender person dancing will NOT make them want to be one themselves. If there is a child out there that doesnt feel like they belong in the body that they have then Chaz being on TV may help them find a voice. I wont even be watching this show unfortunately as I live in Australia but will check on You tube to see how everyone is doing.


Dr. Ablow, you are very uneducated about transgender people. It is sad that there are ignorant psychiatrists like you still around. I suggest you read some books on and educate yourself or contact some knowledgeable professionals on the subject. What other type of individuals born with birth defects do you attack and ridicule?


You know what?Dr. Keith Ablow. You can go Fuck Yourself. Chaz is a better man than you'll ever be...


I fully support Chaz! The examples the doctor gave have no substance at all! Chaz...YOU GO BOY!

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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