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Cher defends only child on Twitter

Cher has taken to Twitter to defend her only child.

The singer posted several tweets defending Chaz Bono's participation on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.

Chaz is the first transgender competitor on the hit ABC show.

Cher says her son, who was born female and underwent surgery to become a man, is being "viciously attacked" on blogs and message boards since the new cast was announced.

She said she supports him whatever he chooses to do and that "it took courage" to sign on for the show.

Chaz is paired with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer.

Fans have posted both angry and supportive comments on the show's message boards. One called the casting choice "disgusting," while others have praised Chaz and the network.

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