- - Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cher defends son’s ‘DWTS’ appearance

Cher has taken to Twitter to defend her son Chaz Bono.

According to the Associated Press, the superstar posted several tweets Wednesday defending his participation on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Mr. Bono is the first transgender competitor on the hit ABC show, which will premiere Sept. 19.

Cher said her son, who was born female and underwent surgery to become a man, is being “viciously attacked” on blogs and message boards since the cast was announced Monday.


“This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it,” Cher wrote, adding that she supports her son no matter what he chooses to do. “Mothers don’t stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who [mess] with their children!”

“Dancing” fans have posted angry and supportive comments on the show’s message boards. One called the casting choice “disgusting” and said “ABC should be ashamed of theirselves for harassing mainstream Americans and Christains.”

Another wrote: “I never and mean NEVER watch DWTS but will this season to support/vote for [Chaz].”

On his own Twitter page, Mr. Bono described himself as “the luckiest guy around” and thanked his fans for their support. He also thanked Cher.

“Thanks for all your support mom,” he wrote. “The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can.”

ABC to air never-heard Jackie Kennedy interviews

An ABC special with never-before-heard interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy will air Sept. 13, the Associated Press reports.

Viewers will hear the former first lady speak with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. about life in the White House and with her husband, John F. Kennedy. The recordings were made months after the president’s 1963 assassination and sealed until now.

Originally planned for one hour, the special now will fill two hours in prime time and feature Diane Sawyer’s interview with the couple’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy.

The ABC special will coincide with the publication of a book about the interviews. The release also is timed to the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy administration.

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