Chaz Bono, son of Sonny and Cher, lost an impressive 60 pounds. He looks better now than when he was on Dancing with the Stars, which some celebs do for the rapid weight loss, publicity being a big perk. He’s not done losing the weight yet. People asked him how he did it. Via Eonline:
I’ve just changed the way I eat. Diets don’t work. You just have to change what you eat, and I have. [...] really [avoids] grains and starches, so meats and vegetables and fruits are my diet. I make them all different ways to keep it interesting.
I still enjoy dancing. I still take classes.
Losing weight is HARD. You have to, like…do things. And then eat things that aren’t the things you would prefer to eat. And then you have to do…more things. Like, ugh. Who has the time and the commitment to do all of these things (aside from Gwyneth)? I think you can see his weight loss better in this candid photo. In the one up top he doesn’t quite know how to pose for the camera and find his best ~~angles~~.
And compare that photo to this one taken in 2010:
SO GOOD FOR YOU, CHAZ! I am inspired. I love seeing before/after photos. They motivate me to get off the couch and start exercising…later.
“I do not have a birth defect. If you feel like you have a birth defect, fine. That’s how you feel. Go feel that. Do not put it onto me. Do not define me that way, and do not define other trans people that way unless they claim that label. … Chaz is a misogynist. He is a trans man who seems to believe that his female-assignedness and his female socialization makes him immune from being a misogynist, and he is manifestly wrong. This man doesn’t represent our community… The next time you hear Chaz’s name brought up in a conversation about trans issues, point out the things he’s said about surgery, ‘birth defects,’ and women.”
This is Stephen Beatty’s reaction to Chaz Bono‘s latest assertation that being transgendered is a “birth defect,” but I think we all know the real birth defect here might be “parented by Cher.” I mean, Cher and Warren Beatty dated back in ’62, so Stephen here could very well have been a child of Cher’s. He should just be happy he missed that crazy train.
Chaz had previously commented, “There’s a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they’re mismatched. That’s all it is. It’s not complicated, it’s not a neurosis. It’s a mix-up. It’s a birth defect, like a cleft palate.”
And I get his point – I really do. I just don’t know that I’d, personally, word it quite like that.
What do you think – is transgender a birth defect, or is Chaz Bono still reaping the rewards for putting his foot in his mouth one too many times?
I don’t know, guys. I was never really into Dancing With the Stars, and I was even more aghast when they asked Kate Gosselin to star on it for a season, so I’m sort of torn as to how I continuously feel about the show. I know it’s not going away anytime soon, and I’ve made my peace with that, but it seems like the execs over there at ABC are trying really, really hard to lure in the under-fifty crowd by including people like Bristol Palin, Kendra Wilkinson, and the majority of the new season’s cast. Who, you’re wondering? Try these names out for size:
Nancy Grace. Just when you thought her career wouldn’t extend past the Casey Anthony trial.
Kristin Cavallari. Because she’s just been dumped by someone who wasn’t even good enough to be considered for the sportsman position on DWTS, I guess.
Ricki Lake. Why not? It’s not like she’s done anything recently except play poker or something.
Chynna Phillips. Sure hope this one doesn’t lose the weight that most contestants do. SHE CAN’T AFFORD IT.
Hope Solo. This one’s going to be fun to watch. I saw an interview after all of the women’s soccer hubbub earlier this summer where she was asked about the possibility of joining the cast, and Hope claimed that, even though she’s mad athletic and coordinated on the field, she can’t dance for crap. I like this girl, so good times.
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