Family Friendly? Bono Cast on 'Dancing' Show

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The new cast of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" has many questioning if the show will still be family friendly.

The cast includes openly gay reality star Carson Kressley and Chaz Bono, the show's first transgender contestant.

Family groups are sounding the alarm over the casting of Bono, 42, the only child of the 1960s singing duo Sonny and Cher.

Bono was born a woman and often appeared during his childhood on his parent's CBS television series as Chastity Bono.

Bono recently underwent surgery to become a man. Last year, he legally changed his name and gender.

The idea that the popular dancing competition series will feature a transgender contestant is not sitting well with everyone. Social media sites are buzzing with debate.

"I'm not going to really listen to it," Bono said recently.

"I hope your ratings sink as low as you have sunk in having Chaz on there," one ABC viewer posted.

The group, a part of the American Family Association, is calling for viewers to contact the network and complain.

"This is completely unacceptable and Christians should not watch the show. No excuses!," the group wrote.

Dan Gainor, vice president for the Media Research Center, talked about what he says is the real agenda behind the appearance of Bono and Kressely on the show. Click play to watch.

The show's executive producer argues there is no agenda other than just entertainment.

"We pride ourselves on the fact that, I think, the whole family can watch our show together. We're not going to be making a huge amount of issue out of people's sexuality. We never have on the show," executive producer Conrad Green said.

Cher, Bono's mother, is using Twitter to defend her son. She had called Bono's critics, "stupid bigots."

"I've got to just focus on the actual task at hand," Bono said.

During the show's competition, Bono will be dancing with Lacey Schwimmer.

Gay rights groups are praising ABC's casting decisions, saying this is a tremendous step forward.

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