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Cher Defends Chaz Bono on ‘DWTS'; Calls Critics ‘Bigots’

Lacey Schwimmer also jumps to the defense of her new partner, after fans lash out

Cher has gone into protective maternal mode on her Twitter account, defending her son from those who've criticized her son, Chaz Bono, after he was added to the cast of the "Dancing With the Stars" for its upcoming season.

The "Believe" singer also called on her fans to spread their support for Bono on Internet message boards.

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"Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS!" the singer wrote. "This is still America right ? It took guts 2 do it."

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Cher went on to characterize Bono's detractors as "bigots," seething, "Mothers don't stop getting angry with stupid bigots who f–k with their children!"

The singer went on to enlist her fans in a campaign to combat the criticism, writing, "Can u guys check out sites & give him your support?" She also predicted that Bono's detractors would be in the minority: "Bet VAST MAJORITY of people will LOVE CHAZ on DWTS!"

Bono, the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono, was born a female but underwent gender-reassignment surgery last year. When ABC announced earlier this week that he would compete on the next season, "Dancing With the Stars" fans lashed out on Internet message boards.

"[W]hen I heard that Chaz Bono was going to be on, I was sick. Not that I have anything personally again her/him, I just don't want that lifestyle choice continually flaunted in the media esp ABC," read one anti-Bono rant.

"How low can this show sink. Well you have certainly addressed the gay commuity [sic]. Guess this will not be a family show any longer!!!! Lost my family!" another commenter lamented.

Cher isn't the only one high-stepping it to Bono's defense; his "DWTS" dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, also fired up her Twitter account to show her support on Wednesday.

"I'm so thrilled to let you know my dance partner on @DancingABC is @chazbono !!" Schwimmer enthused. "He is such an amazing person! And so sweet!"

Schwimmer, who has begin rehearsals with Bono, added that her new partner "has been working so hard this past week! Such a beautiful person inside and out!"

As for a nickname for the new dancing duo, Schwimmer offered her own suggestion, tweeting, "Team LaZZy?"