Dancing With the Stars

Cher Defends Chaz Bono Against 'Vicious' Attacks

09/01/2011 at 11:55 AM EDT

Dancing with the Stars: Chaz Bono's Mom Cher Comes to His Defense
Cher (left) and Chaz Bono
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Cher has spoken before of her admiration for her son Chaz and his courage. Now, she's leaping to his defense after critics have questioned his inclusion on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

"Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS! This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it," Cher Tweeted on Wednesday about Chaz, who legally changed his gender and name last year.

She added: "I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts! TG Chaz has an Unlimited supply."

In a series of other Tweets, Cher urged her fans to support Chaz, and predicted that he could do well on the show, even though might not be a natural dancer. "Bet VAST MAJORITY of People will LOVE CHAZ on DWTS ... Chaz isn't exactly the 'Gotta Dance Gotta Dance' kinda Guy," she wrote.

For his part, Chaz – the show's first transgender contestant, who will dance with Lacey Schwimmer – also used Twitter to express his gratitude to Cher. "Thanks for all your support mom," he wrote. "The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can."

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