After Monday's disastrous results during Broadway Night, Chaz Bono was voted off the competition in the Dancing With the Stars results show. He claims he was voted off because audiences and judges had been biased against him.
His accusations (see the video below for his interview with Access Hollywood right after the elimination) come short on the heels of Maksim Chmerkovskiy's claims that judges pick favorites and then stand by them, to other dancer's detriment.
While he stresses that the experience was “life-changing” for him, Bono too believes he was singled out for his weight and for being transgender – and not once treated fairly during his 6-week run on the show.
This is also what he said after Monday's night dance, at the end of which judge Bruno Tonioli compared him to a “cute penguin” trying to pass for a bird of prey while doing the tango on the Phantom of the Opera music.
“If you’re an overweight woman in this competition, losing weight, they love you. If you’re an overweight guy trying to do this competition, getting in shape, they penalize you for it, call you a penguin,” cameras caught him saying.
He stands by his remark: the judges and audiences were biased against him all along, which means he never actually stood a chance of winning the competition.
What's worse, he says in a separate interview cited by TMZ, is that children in the same situation he was when growing up could have used a role model on such a popular television program as DWTS.
“I wanted to show America a different kind of man. If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up my whole life would have been different,” he said.
“I dedicate everything I did to all the people out there like me – and especially to kids and teens who are struggling,” Chaz added.
Voices online are already agreeing with him on some of the points he made after the elimination, particularly on that Bruno's comments often verged on bullying and had nothing to do with his dancing skills.
These – the skills – lacked almost completely, they're also saying. Chaz was at a disadvantage because of his weight and was often mocked on the show, but the only reason he was eliminated was that he simply couldn't dance.
Make yourself heard in the comments section below: was Chaz Bono's elimination from DWTS fair or unfair?
Chaz, you should have been eliminated weeks ago!!! If anyone has an issue, it should have been Kristin.
Comment #1.1 by: dancing fan on 26 Oct 2011, 14:46 GMT
I totally agree. Is Chaz that dilusional? If he really thinks his lack of dancing skills were not what got him illiminated, he needs help. He actually stayed longer than he deserved to thanks to all the activists who were voting based on politics, not on deserving to be there for their dancing. He never even improved which others who have been controversial in other seasons have. Give me a break. Admit you should have gone home earlier than others who had more dancing talent and that's what I'll respect you for Chaz, your honesty, not your political agenda.
Comment #1.2 by: Casper on 26 Oct 2011, 16:05 GMT
Comment #1.3 by: ok on 26 Oct 2011, 16:25 GMT
Comment #1.4 by: dwts fan on 26 Oct 2011, 17:29 GMT
You're so right!!! Never understood how Chaz was chosen as a contestant in the first place....Oh yeah, mom is the star. I enjoy the show; don't want it used as a political forum.
Comment #1.5 by: debster56 on 26 Oct 2011, 18:48 GMT
You are so-o-o right! The judges make their determination on dance technique and performance not political agendas. Granted, some of the comments were hurtful, but performers need to have a thick skin. When you are in the limelight, everything is fair game. Live with it, or hide in the shadows. But if you choose the light, buck up! Oh, and remember, America agreed with the judges also. Chaz didn't get the votes. Reality check.
Comment #2 by: lovestars on 26 Oct 2011, 14:19 UTC
No I think he was rightly voted off he isn't a good dancer he made it further than China Phillips and she could dance. If you want to lose weight join Weight Watchers it is a amazing way to lose weight and your not in front of millions of people doing it.. I think he did a good job but in all reality it was time for him to go and some of the others to after all this is a dancing competition not a popularity contest. Good Job Chaz
Chaz was treated unfairly in this competition. The stress of learning a different dance each week is in itself a challenge, but to have to be fear the judges derogatory remarks, which often have nothing to do with their dancing, is unacceptable. We all need constructive criticism to improve our skills, but not destructive criticism to destroy our self esteem. It appears some of the judges are making these comments with hopes to improve their ratings, but to the viewer some of the comments are unacceptable and unprofessional.
Comment #5.1 by: flecher11 on 26 Oct 2011, 22:53 GMT
Chaz saying that he was not judged fairly after all of these weeks of pityful dancing pretty much explains why he was not eliminated earlier. If he had been let go in week one or two when he should have been the things he could have accused the judges and voters of would be bad for the show so they kept him on and on. His/her's thinking is really screwed up beyond the transgender thing. I for one am so glad that he/she is finally gone and can start watching the show again. No child of mine would ever watch this poor excuse after his comments, he has gotten far to much publicity. The camera was always on him while just standing and watching. This shows you that bringing a person like that on can start the fear factor of what their mouth can do if they are not babied and pleased. Cher's ego came thru loud and clear.
Comment #7 by: whocares? on 26 Oct 2011, 15:02 UTC
you want the world to treat you fairly, yet you are the first one to throw the "I'm different" card? If it REALLY shouldn't matter to the world, why use it as a constant crutch and blame your elimnation from a dancing contest on it? If you really think that your life style choice is ok, then don't be so bitter about how your life turns out. That is just poor form.
Chaz, come on you were not treated unfairly!! You could not dance look back at your dances you did you were lucky to last this long! Others who danced much better then you were let go far to soon . So stop crying like a little girl you want to be a man so be a man. I am proud of who you are and what you have done for people like us don't ruin it now by acting like a child . Maybe you need to increase you testostorine you have a way to go to be a real man.
This all comes from a person who lived and loved a trangender man
Chaz, quit crying foul - you couldn't dance, and it's as simple as that. Would you really want to stay on, knowing that others more deserving of their spot were eliminated because folks took your political/personal viewpoints over actual dancing ability? Don't play the bias card; you were lucky to be on a "stars" dance contest to begin with.
Comment #17 by: sixtymama on 26 Oct 2011, 17:28 UTC
Unfortunately Chaz could not dance. He was in the competition for a long time. Max should be next because his partner is awkard also and he wouldn't be so obnoxioous if his partner was ricki Lake and he was in 1st place.. I didn't hear Carson complaining about being voted off because he is gay. He embraced the experience and made no complaints. That is a true champion
The elimination certainly was not unfair and was long overdue, two other dancers that were eliminated earlier should still be in the competition. What was unfair, however, were some of the comments made regarding his ability. He could have been told in a much more kind and constructive manner.
Comment #18.1 by: Twocents on 17 Nov 2011, 04:49 GMT
Chaz critique was what it was, about his dancing. He was treated fairly by the judges who were judging the dancers regarding their dancing skills. It was what it was. It was not the right time for him to be in DWTS. Chaz was not dancing contestant material. What gave him the idea to do that?
Comment #19 by: illeone12 on 26 Oct 2011, 17:47 UTC
She is just being emotional like the woman he is...oh wait! did i get that wrong? No actually i didnt, you cant change what you are??? Can a cheetah be a lion? Nope. Oh yeah and she sucked at dancing!!!
I thought Chaz's dancing this past Monday was outstanding...It's sad that the Judges couldn't see how far he had come and chose instead to insult him. The stars didn't sign up to be insulted on national T.V. Max was right, the Judges need to stop trying to be cute and start recognizing just how far these ordinary people have come in this competition. On a personal note, I'm a middle aged mother of 5 and wanted Chaz to know he inspired more kids than he will ever realize...
Comment #21.1 by: Michael on 26 Oct 2011, 21:00 GMT
1st.. Chaz's dancing stunk from day 1... and never improved one iota, 2nd Chaz is not, never was and never shall be a star.. the only reason he or she.. im confused, is in the limelight is because of Cher..period.. being confused about your gender and having a sex change is not something that one would consider "Of Star Quality".. and again.. I surely hope that it would take so much more that what Chaz has accomplished is his life to inspire kids.. if not our society is in trouble.
Comment #21.2 by: Pamlj on 26 Oct 2011, 22:45 GMT
Get some glasses . You must have vision problems. He couldn't dance.
Bruno is a bully and Chaz and Maks are right. The judges are biased and don't hesitate to show their favoritism. I was shocked that Bruno would be such an insensitive * - but this isn't the first time heas mocked a contestant.
Judge Bruno has entertained us since year 1 of DWTS with his comments, whit and jestures. He is not a bully, its TV. The right person was voted off last night.
Hope-she should stop whining, needs to relax and work on her routine.
The whole show is a popularity contest. The judges want to be respected, but some of the comments to Chaz did not show respect at all. There was no need for any of them!! It took guts and I know I could never do it. I have so much respect for him. I read his whole book in about 3 days, couldn't put it down!! He was put on this earth to help others and you watch the good things that come out of this show. For me, I am not watching it anymore, I'm tired of those two arrogant judges. I'm following Chaz's life now and believe me if I can do anything to help him I will. The world needs more caring people like him, I wish he was my son!! God's speed Chad. We love ya!!
I feel the judges bent over backwards in judging him, he got better scores than he deserved. He feels the judges were biased against him, he simply couldn't dance. I have watched the show from the beginning, but was about ready to give it up, He just kept getting voted back in, which I thought unfair. This is supposed to be a dance competition, not a popularity contest.
Chaz... honestly your dancing deserved the lowest marks from day one and, unfortunately, some very good dancers were eliminated in support of your cause and not your performance. You can't dance and neither can I... you gotta move on.
I completely agree with Chaz. He is going to get accused of "pulling the gender card", however I felt the same way about Carson and I ws just discussing this very same thing with a group of friends before last's night episode aired. May be it's a lazy low attempt to get ratings however, when you look at how Carrie Ann was quick to stop
Max from voices his opinions, asking him to show respect to the judges, yet there were several comments made during the critiques that had nothing to do with technique and would be considered far far form professional.
Comment #38 by: Sonia50836 on 26 Oct 2011, 20:50 UTC
I, for one, am glad that Chaz is off DWTS SHE was an embarrassment to the show and by casting HER I quit watching the show. It is a matter of right and wrong people. God is perfect and makes people the gender they are SUPPOSED to be. Chastity fought and continues to battle the gender issue, the same demon liken an alcoholic battles everyday. It is a choice, a temptation that we are given to overcome to become better people. To say that God should have made her a man means that God made a mistake and would mean that He would cease to be PERFECT and would cease to be GOD. Just think about it people... with an OPEN mind. It makes PERFECT sense. I don't hate the sinner by the way, I hate the sin, lest you call me a hater or a judger.
Comment #39 by: mz.fazano on 26 Oct 2011, 20:50 UTC
Lets try this.. Chaz's dancing stunk, Chaz is, was never and never will be a star (remember Sonny and Cher).. So its called "Dancing with the Stars". Could not dance, is not a star.. 0 for 2. Bye Chaz.. maybe "So America's got Talent" next..oh wait.. no talent.
Comment #43 by: hollywoodjim on 26 Oct 2011, 21:09 UTC
Indeed he/she was judged unfairly, if the judging was fair "C" would have gone home the first week. To the distraction of every other participant, he/she was only chosen for the show because of Cher. We don't need role-models that are whiney and have NEVER worked a day in their sweet privileged lives. Don't go away mad, just go away. Go be a celebrity on another planet, you should have gone home THE FIRST WEEK! Sexual confusion aside, YOU LOOK RIDICULOUS "dancing", if that's what it's called. Cheers big guy:)
Comment #44 by: flecher11 on 26 Oct 2011, 22:48 UTC
Totally disagree with ms chaz - you can't dance and should have been eliminated the first episode. Your weight had nothing to do with your not being able to dance. You wanted to promote your "personal" agenda and you did that, so stop whinning and keep your personal life private!!!!!
Comment #46 by: DANEgerus on 27 Oct 2011, 19:35 UTC
I don't think he was the best dancer, but I admire him for what he had done, and I do think they poorly judged him. I got tired of them putting him down all the time, I think he started to come into his own and was not given ever encouragement from the judges.
Comment #48 by: Twocents on 17 Nov 2011, 04:38 UTC
The judges were right. Chaz did not make advance training for this competition. He was going in under his mom's celebrity and personal publicity based on his sex change. He should have waited a couple of years to enter, and after a couple of years with a trainer to be a normal weight and develop muscle, becoming buff, very masculine, like the other hundreds of women around the world have done.
Comment #49 by: Twocents on 17 Nov 2011, 04:57 UTC