Chaz Bono was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday and had some words for the judges the very next day.
After 5 weeks of getting critiqued, he believes Bruno Tonioli judged more than his dancing ability and actually picked on him for his weight, explaining:
“I got a lot of references from him about things that would indicate the fact that I’m overweight, you know, a roundness. I was called a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok, and I just didn’t appreciate it. 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.”
Chaz's dancing partner, Lacey Schwimmer, chimed in to call Bruno's comments "unneccesary", saying:
“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.”
Despite the sometimes harsh criticism that often included a comment on his size, Chaz enjoyed his overall experience on the show, continuing:
“This experience really exceeded any expectations that I had and was something that will probably forever affect my life. It gave me a confidence in myself that I didn’t have before and a physical awareness, and a knowledge that I can do more than I thought I could, and I get through a lot.”
We're happy to know that Chaz grew from this experience and doesn't appear to be bitter for being sent home. However, it's completely understandable that he's a upset for being judged on his physical appearance when he's supposed to be getting judged strictly on his performance.
We hope that Bruno, Len, and Carrie take Chaz's comments seriously and choose their words more carefully in future episodes!
Check out what else Chaz and Lacey had to say in the Good Morning America interview above!
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