October 25, 2011 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ
Last night on ABC‘s Dancing With The Stars, judge Len Goodman was not the only one to spark angry feelings with his harsh critique. After Chaz Bono’s performance, Bruno Tonioli referred to Chaz as a penguin, but Lacey Schwimmer, unlike Maks, kept her mouth shut during the show. After the show however, both Lacey Schwimmer and Cher fired back at Bruno over the remarks. Read on to find out what they had to say!
The judges of Dancing With The Stars were on a roll last night with their harsh critique, and while Maksim Chmerkovskiy went off Len Goodman, Lacey Schwimmer kept quiet during Bruno Tonioli’s comments. After their performance to “Phantom Of The Opera,” Bruno Tonioli referred to Chaz Bono as “a cute little penguin trying to be a big menacing bird of prey”. Rest assured though as neither Cher, nor Lacey Schwimmer were happy about the comments, although Lacey Schwimmer admitted that she wished she had the courage that Maksim Chmerkovskiy did as she told reporters after the show: “he had the courage to stand up for him and his partner, and I think that is amazing. A lot of us wish we would say stuff, but we never do. We’re afraid of it.”
Despite her timidness around the judges, Lacey had no issues airing out her feelings on Twitter as she wrote: “So proud of Chaz! He got under scored again, and tonight’s comments were the cherry on top. Having a judge refer to him as an animal every week is so rude and unnecessary.” Lacey also said to reporters that she felt as if Chaz was being bullied by the judges, and she was left in tears backstage after their performance.
Cher also made it a point to air out her true feelings on Twitter after the show last night as she posted: “IS IT DWTS Or LOOKING PERFECT WTS? ITS EASY 4 HIM 2 TAKE CHEAP SHOTS AT CHAZ ! LET HIM COME 2 ‘MY’ STAGE. I COULD TEACH HIS LITTLE ARM WAVING ASS SOME MANNERS! Critique CHAZ’S DANCE STYLE, MOVEMENTS ETC,.BUT DON’T MAKE FUN OF MY CHILD ON NAT.TV.” Cher also referred to Bruno Tonioli as a “bully” judge, but Bruno has praised Chaz Bono in the past, so we don’t see how he is “bullying” anyone – maybe we are missing something here? Bruno Tonioli, nor his reps have yet to respond to any of the comments.
Did you feel that Bruno’s comments were warranted last night? Comment and share your thoughts with us!
Want more? Follow our tweets on Twitter and like us on Facebook! For other great Dancing With the Stars news, please feel free to check out Sir Links A Lot: Dancing With The Stars and then come and discuss the show on our reality TV message boards.
Visit our sister site SheKnows for more breaking news about celebrities and entertainment!
Photo courtesy of ABC!