Rolling Stone article was “disrespectful, transphobic and inaccurate,” spokesperson fumes
UPDATE, Friday 4:33 p.m.:
Chaz Bono's representative, Howard Bragman, adamantly refutes the claims made in Rolling Stone's article about Bono, telling TheWrap, "Chaz is not going to have penis surgery. There are no plans. He is not 'saving his money.'"
According to Bragman, the article created a false impression that Bono said he was getting penis surgery through "nuance." And he's none too thrilled about it.
"The entire thrust of this article is disrespectful, transphobic and inaccurate in regards to where Chaz is at right now with regards to bottom surgery," told TheWrap.
Chaz Bono has always joked that he wanted to keep his "privates private," but his excursion into reality TV has apparently changed all that.
The recent "Dancing With the Stars" contestant tells Rolling Stone he's saving his pennies to pay for a metoidioplasty procedure, i.e. he's buying a penis.
"I could get a phalloplasty, which builds the phallus from a donor site on your body, but I'm leaning more toward a metoidioplasty," Bono tells the magazine.
"It's a procedure that uses what you already have down there, which has grown larger from the testosterone. You end up with a smaller phallus than with the phalloplasty, but it's fully functional, it gets erect, and the sensation is all there."
Bono, who broke up with his fiancé in December, goes into specifics about the size he can expect Little Chaz to be (three inches), and also explains the procedure's hefty price tag.
"… the surgery I want to have, I'd like to have the testicular implants and all of that, and I'd like to be able to urinate through it," he says. "I mean, it's not that big a deal to sit down, but some of the toilet seats in men's rooms are disgusting. The doctor I want to use is in Belgrade. It's going to be a little cheaper there. Probably $25,000, maybe $45,000, I really don't know."
In portions of the interview not online but in the print version of Rolling Stone, Bono also talks about his hopes for an acting career — "I could see me as one of the guys on 'The Sopranos' … or a cop" — and explains why he isn't asking mom Cher for the penis cash.
"I don't like to take money from my mom any more than anybody else does," he says. "Being self-supporting is important to me."