After it was announced that Chaz Bono—the son of Cher and Sonny Bono who legally changed his name and sex last year—has joined the season 13 cast of Dancing with the Stars, fans of the show took to ABC.com's message boards to express their disapproval and "disgust" at this "perversion" and ABC's participation in this "homosexual lust fest" that's being "flaunted in our faces." And won't someone think of the children!? A lot of bible verses were also dropped, you know, because Jesus died on the cross so that we could watch B-list celebrities attempt the paso doble.
While it's no surprise that a viewing audience that's made up of a very strong contingent of Tea Partiers would express intolerance and ignorance about Bono (many of the commenters didn't really have a grasp on the difference between gay and transgendered), it's totally weird that these super conservative people haven't noticed that the previous 12 seasons have provided one of the campiest shows on television. And do they not get that Bruno Tonioli is gay? Have they never seen him in Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" video?