It's been less than a week since the Dancing With the StarsSeason 13 cast was announced, and controversy is already raging. Fans have expressed outrage over the casting of queer rights activist Chaz Bono, who is transgendered, as well as Carson Kressley, who made his mark as one of the openly gay life-makeover specialists on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Some have even gone so far as to say the inclusion of these stars means DWTS is no longer "family friendly."
The show's executive producer, Conrad Green, toldAccess Hollywoodthat idea is simply ridiculous: "We definitely are a family show, we’ve always been a family show." Conrad emphasized that the point of the show has never been what the stars do in their private lives, and that's not going to change. “It’s an entertainment show, it’s about dancing, so I think that’s what we’ll really be focusing on.”
We're glad someone from the show took a stand on this. If DWTS can feature a pro who's also a Playboy model, and a celeb who is famous for not one but two sex tapes (love ya, Pam Anderson), we're pretty sure Chaz Bono isn't going to be too much for the kiddies to handle.
As for some fans' fear (and other's hope!) that we'll one day see a same sex couple compete, it sounds like that's off the table. "I think genuinely our couples are always going to be a man and a woman," Conrad said, "because that’s what competitive ballroom dancing has."
So everyone should just calm down and get back to complaining that the stars aren't famous enough.