‘DWTS’ producer: Give Chaz Bono a chance to dance

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“This community faces a lot of misunderstanding, fear and hatred, and all too often, violence,” she said. “But these are people just like anybody else, who are part of everyday things as normal as entertaining audiences on a dancing show.

“Even with the negative reaction, it gives people exposure and access to the story of a real-life transgender person.”

Bono said on his Twitter page Thursday that he is “overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I received from everyone.”

“I don’t listen to the haters, but embrace the love,” he wrote.

Green said Bono’s casting and the resulting conversation has boosted awareness of the show, but he hopes dancing supplants controversy when the show premieres on Sept. 19: “I hope that a lot of the people who appear to be upset at the moment will give him a chance and maybe realize it’s not quite as bad as they think.”

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AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen can be reached at www.twitter.com/APSandy.

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Online:

www.twitter.com/ChazBono

www.twitter.com/Cher

www.onemillionmoms.com

http://www.mrc.org/cmi/

www.glaad.org

http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars

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