Melissa Joan Hart Thinks Chaz Bono Being a Transgender 'DWTS' Contestant Isn't "Relevant"
Former Dancing With the Stars contestant Melissa Joan Hart is sharing her opinion on the controversy surrounding transgender contestant Chaz Bono â€” there is no controversy!
While promoting the new season of Melissa & Joey on Thursday at a press junket, Melissa spoke to reporters about her run on DWTS â€” which she credits for helping to launch her ABC Family show.
There has been a lot of controversy over whether DWTS should have a transgender contestant compete on the show, but Melissa says that really shouldn't be an issue.
"I donâ€™t even think thatâ€™s relevant. Youâ€™ve had elderly people, you have teenagers, dancers, people who have never been in front of a camera, and youâ€™ve had a woman with one leg. I mean, you have a lot of challenges there," Melissa explained of having Chaz on the show. "I donâ€™t think being transgendered is really a challenge. He is a notable person, and an iconâ€™s son, or daughter, or whatever, and I think that thatâ€™s going to draw a lot of attention. He wrote a book, people follow him on Twitter, itâ€™s like, the people who are on that show are fascinating and they have a large draw."
"The casting directors there do a great job of drawing in people. And also, recreating careers," she added. "That show, while people may go in and you may not have heard about them much or recently, I mean look at Jennifer Grey â€“ peopleâ€™s careers are revived on there. I donâ€™t know that this show would have happened if I wasnâ€™t on it. I think it showed ABC Family that there was still a draw for me. So I feel that it helped my career in a way."
So what does Melissa think of the new DWTS cast in general?
"People are really shocked by it, I guess," Melissa said. "Theyâ€™re getting a lot of reality stars which is interesting. I think thereâ€™s a blurred line right now between celebrity and star. Celebrity used to be star used to be talent, used to be based on something. Now, celebrity is based on whoeverâ€™s talked about and whoeverâ€™s most ridiculous. People are always like, Youâ€™re a child star who made it through, and how did you do it ? And youâ€™re like, 'You just donâ€™t hear about the good ones.' There are a lot of good ones."
"ABC Family has a lot of them â€” Candace Cameron, Molly Ringwald â€”Â these people that are still working, have families, have a life, but have managed to stay out of the public eye and maintain some sort of integrity. But theyâ€™re boring, so you donâ€™t hear about them," she added. "Someone should do an article on the most boring people in Hollywood and then youâ€™d find us."
"But I keep saying, Iâ€™m like one controversial issue away from a movie career, "Melissa said. "Like, if I just had a DUI or a drug bust or acted erratically on an airplane, the next thing you know, Paramount is knocking on my door and I have a five-picture deal."
Reporting by Gena Oppenheim