DWTS is under a bigoted boycott after adding transgender, Cher-child Chaz Bono to this season’s cast. Keith Ablow, a Fox News quack, has publicly called for viewers to keep their children from watching the program.
–TURN OFF THE TV OR THIS THING WILL TURN YOUR KIDS INTO CONFUSED, TRAGIC, SPECIMENS OF THE TRANSGENDER AGENDA!!!! (not his exact words but you get as much from his FoxNews.com web columns).
His reason: that the televised exposure of a chubby, happy, dancing trans-man will inspire children around the country to question their gender identities and turn trans at the drop of a dime:
“It is a toxic and unnecessary byproduct of the tragic celebration of transgender surgery that millions of young people who do watch Dancing With the Stars will have to ponder this question: Maybe my problems really stem from the fact that I’m a girl insides’ a boy’s body (or a boy inside a girls body). Maybe I’m not a tomboy; I’m just a boy!” Keith Ablow, FoxNews.com, Don’t Let Your Kids Watch Chaz Bono On DWTS, September 2nd, 2011.
He goes on to say that human beings model one another and that televised glorification of transgenderism would, “erode our children’s evolving sense of self.” In case you forgot, he also chastised J. Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons earlier this Spring for painting her son’s toenails pink in an online ad and went as far to say that the pink nail polish would lead to “psychotherapy for the kid.”
His views and his words frame transgender people as dangerous and “toxic” to the precious psyches of American children and he describes trans people in a primitive and bigoted stereotype of the tragic, soiled human who has gone astray on the path of normalcy.
We know through statistics and personal accounts that this thinking contributes directly to the physical and psychological violence upon transgender and gender non-conforming peoples around the world.
The Keith Ablows of the world are dangerous, delusional bigots who deny the reality of gender and sexual variance and label we who don’t conform as cultural threats to young, impressionable minds. Transphobia and Homo/Queerphobia in America are connected by the idea that our genders and our genitals should conform to a “cock in pussy” binary and that anything that diverges away from this is pagan and malignant. It is the same mindset, I remember growing up with as a queer kid in rural Missouri inside church newsletters and pamphlets that screamed of the evil homosexuals invading television and movies to corrupt “our youth”.
This result is anti-queer bullying and severe physical violence for transfolk. Ablow’s thinking and his public platform gives trans- and queerphobes fuel to their ignorance and allows for the continued marginalization of LGBTQ people.
But Chaz isn’t letting any of this stupidity distract him. He has repeatedly told the press that all he wants to do is dance and that he’s not focusing on any of the negative energy. I watched his third performance for a brief moment last night and none of Ablow’s paranoid, hysteria came through the television. All I saw was a man dancing…albeit badly but hey, he was having a good time and he was completely whole within his skin.
And that is what pisses people like Ablow off. That we, “the deviants” of society, could actually be well-adjusted, happy, human beings who just want to dance to cheesy, American pop music.
I’m not a Chaz Bono groupie but I respect and applaud him for having the courage to dance across a stage and proclaim his identity without shame or guilt. It’s a privilege not afforded to every person who dares to challenge the institution of gender….but it is a goddamn good start.
Note: I would have bet that Chaz was going to get voted off after Monday’s performance, but to everyone’s surprise, he got to stay another week while former MTV employee Kristin Cavallari got da boot. Suck on that Ablow!
BY: JOSHUA BARTON