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Chaz Bono Slams 'Dancing with the Stars' Judges

Chaz Bono revealed in an interview today that jokes over his weight troubled him on 'Dancing with the Stars.'

The 42-year-old transgendered contestant told Good Morning America: "I was called a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok, and I just didn't appreciate it."

Bono, who was joined by dancing partner Lacey Schwimmer for the interview, said he felt particularly attacked by Bruno Tonioli, who compared him to a penguin: "If you want to critique my dancing and give me some constructive advice so I can try to improve the next time that I'm there, that would be great. But I don't really know how to be less penguish, and so I kind of took offense to that."

Bono, who earned a score of 19 out of a possible 30 on Monday night, also said he feels there is a gender divide between how overweight men and overweight women are treated on the show.

He mentioned the positive response from the judges to Kirstie Alley on the last season of the dancing show.

"It's hard to take this competition seriously when the judges are so inconsistent. At the same time, we went out there and did what we needed to do and did it well and had a great time doing it."

Schwimmer, who has also been criticized for her weight, concurred.

Bono revealed the competition had strengthened his relationship with his superstar mother Cher: "This was something my mom and I could really have common ground on because this is something that she knows what it feels like to go out and perform in front of an audience."


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