Thomas Beatie, also known as the pregnant man, says that Chaz Bono stole his thunder with reference to Chaz’s new spot on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars.
Thomas was really vying for a spot on the show, but says that the producers filled their quota for their spot for a transgendered person, by using Chaz instead of himself. He sounds bitter, doesn’t he?
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Appaarently, Thomas called DWTS producers for the longest time, trying to snag a spot, but his calls went unreturned. He says that he is upset with producers of the dancing competition for casting Chaz instead of himself on the show’s new season.
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In a new interview, he said, “Chaz Bono stole my thunder. I wanted to try my new body out. I’m an athlete and I know I would have excelled.”
He went on to reveal that the show rebuffed his efforts to become a cast member because they had already filled their “transgender quota”.
One group that likes the decision, GLAAD, gave DWTS nothing but praise for its choice in casting Chaz. They said, “Appearing on such a high profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know Bono in a whole new light.” They added that ABC “has created primetime firsts that reflect the growing acceptance of gay and transgender people in America today.”
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Does Chaz’s mother, Cher, approve? Of course! Chaz related that she “thought it was cool that I was doing it and wanted to know how I felt when I started, if I was nervous – all of those things.”
Chaz added, “It feels so good. I mean, it took me so long to finally get comfortable in my body and to be able to challenge it in this way, and dance with a beautiful woman, it’s gonna be a blast.”
What do you think of the casting decision? Should Thomas have been considered for a spot instead of Chaz? Let us know what you think!