Reuters: "DWTS" finale: How Chaz Bono shook off his haters

November 20th, 2011

November 20, 2011
By Tim Molloy

NEW YORK ( – The announcement in August that Chaz Bono would would be a “Dancing With the Stars” contestant made him the highest-profile transgender person in the country — and with that came some ugly feedback.

But Bono, who will return this week for the “Dancing” finale, said he didn’t pay attention to people who bashed him on Internet message boards and elsewhere.

“I didn’t watch any of that or look at any of those things,” he told TheWrap. “I’ve been doing LGBT activism for a long time now, since 1995, and I’ve gone up against people like Jerry Falwell and stuff like that. So dealing with that kind of controversy isn’t really new to me, and it’s pretty easy to just let it roll off my back.”

The response to Bono’s performance on the show was largely positive: He made it far into the competition before voters sent him home.

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