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Sorry Megyn Kelly: Fox News Can’t Help “Mocking” Chaz Bono

September 02, 2011 5:56 pm ET - by Carlos Maza

On September 1, Fox News host Megyn Kelly launched an impassioned defense of Chaz Bono, who has recently come under intense criticism from those who view his invitation onto ABC’s Dancing With the Stars as an affront to ‘family values.’ Kelly condemned the ‘hate’ spewed by Bono’s critics, eloquently observing the incredible discrimination that transgender Americans face every day:

KELLY: The transgendered, they go through so much pain and emotional turmoil in dealing with the effects of that disorder or whatever you want to call it and I don’t think they need people piling on and mocking them once they do something that many people consider very brave. But that’s me, that’s my two cents. [emphasis added]

Apparently, Kelly’s “two cents” can’t buy much at Fox News.

The very next day, FoxNews.com posted a column by Fox contributor and “Fox News Medical A-Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow, bluntly titled “Don't Let Your Kids Watch Chaz Bono On 'Dancing With the Stars.'” Here are just a few highlights from Fox’s resident anti-LGBT pseudoscientist:

Watching Chaz Bono will convince “vulnerable children” to become transgender:

I advise parents to not allow their children to watch the episodes in which Chaz appears.


The last thing vulnerable children and adolescents need, as they wrestle with the normal process of establishing their identities, is to watch a captive crowd in a studio audience applaud on cue for someone whose search for an identity culminated with the removal of her breasts, the injection of steroids and, perhaps one day soon, the fashioning of a make-shift phallus to replace her vagina. 


It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria cannot be kindled by celebrating those who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery. Human beings do model one another—in terms of emotion, thought and behavior. By broadcasting, applauding and mainstreaming the journey of a very disordered person who endured, and likely will continue to endure, real suffering based on extraordinarily deep psychological problems, we suggest that that journey is a smart—even heroic—one to take. [emphasis added]

Transgender people are akin to people who add tails to their bodies:

Chaz Bono should not be applauded any more than someone who, tragically, believes that his species, rather than gender, is what is amiss and asks a plastic surgeon to build him a tail of flesh harvested from his abdomen. [emphasis added]

Supporting transgender people is “insane” and “psychologically destructive”:

"Dancing with the Stars", starring Chaz Bono, takes the opposite view. It’s position is that Chaz Bono’s chemically and surgically altered appearance is a blessing to us all, a triumph of autonomy and self-possession on par with the triumphs achieved by the heroes of the Civil Rights movement.

That’s very nearly insane. It’s a psychologically destructive myth and can erode our children’s evolving senses of self.

I’m going to take heat for saying all this, by the way. I already have for making similar statements in the past. So be it. I would rather be the one shouting “The Emperor has no clothes!” than one of the happy-go-lucky villagers applauding the tragic parade. [emphasis added]

Notice how Ablow fails to cite even a shred of medical or psychological evidence to back any of his claims? That’s because Ablow’s assertions about transgender people are in direct opposition to the findings of every major psychological association in the U.S., including the American Psychological Association.

This isn’t the first time Ablow has attacked Chaz Bono, either. In May, FoxNews.com published (and then quickly pulled) a column in which Ablow accused Bono of suffering from a “psychotic delusion.”

In fact, Ablow has a long history of using Fox News to try to pass off baseless, derogatory remarks about LGBT people as ‘scientific commentary.’ He’s published two separate columns on FoxNews.com comparing homosexuality to pedophilia in the past month. Earlier this year, Ablow flew off the handle when J. Crew published an advertisement of a woman painting her son’s toenails pink, calling it an “attack on masculinity.”

So sorry, Megyn Kelly. As long as Fox News keeps treating bigots like Dr. Ablow as legitimate medical experts, the “piling on and mocking” of transgender Americans is unlikely to stop.


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