Friday, June 12, 2009

Chastity "Chaz" Bono: American Hero? American Heroine? Just Plain Strange?

One of the day's major "news stories" involves the daughter/son-to-be of Sonny Bono and Cher. It seems Chastity Bono is now calling him-herself "Chaz" and is working up to an addadichtomy operation. Those who know who Ms./Mr. Bono is remember her as a cute little girl brought out at the end of each episode of Sonny and Cher's TV variety show. Many felt bad for the child as she was growing up in the middle of the trainwreck that was the very public and very long divorce of her parents. Gee, maybe growing up in screwed up relationships actually does create long-term problems.

I heard a radio news story refer to Chaz/Chastity's "heroic" decision. Now, I'm sure having an addadichtomy is a painful procedure, but is it heroic? Sad and pathetic are the terms that came to mind for me. Ms./Mr. Bono is a celebrity only because of her goofy parents, but the media will follow every step of her "heroic" addadichtomy. I wonder how many of them called a 40-something governor "heroic" for her choice to go through with an unexpected pregnancy after learning the child would be born with Down's Syndrome? I think I know which action most Americans would find praiseworthy.

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