Lacey Schwimmer, Cher defend Chaz Bono after online 'Dancing With the Stars' backlash

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No doubt the most controversial addition to the Season 13 cast of "Dancing With the Stars," Chaz Bono, the series' first transgender contestant, has quickly become the target of some very negative reactions.

Posts on the ABC message boards include accusations that the network is pushing the "homosexual agenda" and hateful dismissals of Bono and the show.

But in the hours after "DWTS" pro Lacey Schwimmer was revealed as Bono's partner, the 23-year-old has come to Bono's defense, filling her Twitter feed with statements of support, appreciation for fans and even pictures from the day's rehearsal (left).

Schwimmer also tells The Insider that she's nothing but pleased with the pairing. "I was absolutely thrilled," she says. "I've always been a huge supporter of the LGBT community and I couldn't be more excited to have Chaz. Not only is he Sonny and Cher's child but he's also a generally cool person."

She also doesn't understand all of the uproar. "It's disappointing," she tells The Insider. "No human is perfect, so why are they pointing out what they perceive to be an imperfection in someone else? It's not cool."

Bono's mother Cher is also dismayed at the hateful rhetoric directed at her son. She broke her silence on Twitter to show her support. "Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs [and] Message boards about being on DWTS," she writes. "This is still America right? It took guts to do it."

Cher also thinks her son will surprise "DWTS" fans with his talent -- something that will also come as shock to oddsmakers betting against him.
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