Chaz Bono stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show today to chat about competing on the new season of Dancing With the Stars, and the hurdles he’s faced.
While he knew that, as the show’s first transgendered star, some people would have a problem with him, he never expected the backlash to be this bad.
After he explained what it felt like to be in his shoes, Ellen was less diplomatic in pointing out the ridiculousness of those (cough, Dr. Keith Ablow) who are anti-Chaz:
Later in the interview, they received a phone call from his biggest fan – mother Cher, who didn’t hesitate to lash out, like she has before, at the haters.
“If you got that excess time and that amount of hostility, I’m not sure I can say anything to you that would make you change your feelings,” she said.
“I don’t know that I would have any magic words to soothe you, to comfort you into not being terrified of my child on Dancing With the F–cking Stars.”
How awesome is Cher?
She did admit that she’s worried about one thing: Chaz’s dance moves. “You doing this dance is about as scary as you making ‘the change,'” she says.