Cher wears giant afro wig to Chaz’s GLAAD award, at least her a** wasn’t hanging out?

Right before 3:00, the camera pans to Chaz and he looks nonplussed. At 3:50 he looks deflated after his mom’s long speech. The woman in this video is congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, the late Sonny Bono’s widow who took his place in Congress after he passed from a skiing accident in 1998. She looks mortified, right?

Cher in giant afro wig

Small steps with Cher. The last few times we’ve seen the diva doing press, for her movie Burlesque, she was wearing barely-there dresses including a recreation of her “Turn Back Time” video outfit. At Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards ceremony, where Cher’s son Chaz Bono was honored with an award for his documentary, Becoming Chaz, Cher wore a giant afro wig that she must have purchased from a novelty store. She was covered up though, which was definitely an improvement for her. Cher gave a funny but embarrassing speech introducing Chaz, explaining that she was “completely freaked out” back when Chaz told her he was a lesbian. “Those were the good old days,” she quipped. She also shared some cringe-inducing anecdotes:

When Chaz was little she only had black friends. So my sister and I were positive that she was going to marry Ricky…

‘We love Ricky and he’s so adorable. That will be cool they’ve have the cutest babies.’ And then, later I decided ‘This isn’t going to happen she and Ricky aren’t going to get together.‘”

Cher then went on to gush about Chaz, saying he “has the most courage of anyone I know.” In his acceptance speech, Chaz admitted he was a little speechless after his mom’s introduction, and then talked about working for GLAAD around the time Ellen Degeneres came out. It was a good reminder of how far the LGBT community has come. Here’s more, thanks to ET:

Cher kept her GLAAD Media Awards appearance so secret even her son Chaz Bono was shocked to see her at the ceremony on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

The Grammy winner presented her son with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for his OWN documentary, Becoming Chaz.

“I don’t have anything prepared because I was so nervous, because my pronouns for my child just jump all over the friggin’ place,” joked Cher, who referred to Chaz as “she” several times throughout her speech. She went on to praise her child, saying, “Chaz has the most courage of anyone I know.”

The music icon later tweeted, “I really surprised Chaz! HE was adorable, said ‘wow mom i was so surprised i forgot what i was going 2say!'”

The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is given to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender entertainer for promoting equality. Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson were also in attendance for the event. They accepted outstanding comedy series and the Vanguard Award for increasing “visibility and understanding of the LGBT community,” respectively.

[From ET Online]

Good for Cher for coming to the GLAAD Awards for Chaz. She’s admitted having trouble coming to terms with her son as a transgender person, but she’s been there for him that’s for sure.

Other GLAAD Award winners included Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games, “Modern Family,” for comedy series, and Beginners, for wide release film.

Here is Benecio Del Toro presenting the Vanguard Award to Josh Hutcherson, 19, for his work with Straight But Not Narrow. Josh explained that he had two great uncles, both of who were gay and passed away from AIDS around the time he was born. He got a little choked up when he said “they were a huge influence to my mom and everything that she is. My mom is a huge influence to me and everything that I am. They are very much a part of me and everything I believe in…. I’m so sick of saying the words gay and lesbian, they’re just people.” What a great kid he is. I have a much higher opinion of him after seeing this speech.

Here are Glee’s Max Adler and Grant Gustin introducing the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14 year-old boy from Williamsville, NY (outside Buffalo) who committed suicide after posting an “It Gets Better” video on YouTube. This made me cry for this family.

Cher in giant afro wig

Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono photos credit: FameFlynet, Inc.

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  1. Nicka says:

    Wow! That wig really draws attention to her plastic surgery! Yikes!

    • Rhea says:

      She can hide a lot of things in that wig! Bet at the airport the TSA would do an extensive check on that wig! 😀

      • The Bobster says:

        She’d better not get close to any open flames with that fright wig, especially if she uses product on it.

  2. dorothy says:

    Cher looks like a walking brillo pad.

  3. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I watched that first clip just to see my man Benecio. Yum! And what a great example to set for his new baby by showing his support to the LGBTQ community.

  4. Justaposter says:

    I’m rather over them both.

    Not the cause, just them.

  5. Lisa says:

    Oh, honey no. Even Art Garfunkel doesn’t wear a gigantic afro any more.

  6. sasa says:

    Cher is wonderful. I think she is a great role model for parents dealing with kids questioning their sexuality and gender because she sends a message that it’s not only black or white.

    It’s not that you either accept their struggles and decisions or ignore them alienating yourself from them. It’s about loving them despite being confused, despite questioning their reasons and maybe wanting to hang on to the good old times.

    I find it wonderful how she can talk about her child in a loving way without knowing which pronoun to use.

    And the afro is cool.

    • Dusty says:

      @sasa. Surely you must be kidding. This woman stole the night from Chaz. It is all about Cher all the time and I think Chaz struggles with it and has been since a child – it has been noted in Chaz’s book. All the media stories on this event the other night are making it about Cher because of her look that night and her monologue and not of the night honoring Chaz. I think she would give Joan Crawford a run for her money – mommy dearest.NOT!

      • sasa says:

        I am not kidding.

        Cher would have taken the limelight away from Chaz even if she only said a couple of formal sentences. That’s because she is a legendary singer/actress while Chaz hasn’t yet shown any discernible talent.

        She also got Glaad some extra publicity which I’m sure they don’t mind at all. Cher and her personal perspective on the matter will resonate much more with people than Chaz speaking about the inner workings of Glaad.

      • Kimbob says:

        @Dusty, when I read your comment I thought, WOW…you’re really right!

        I know Cher meant well, but unfortunately….you’re right @Dusty….Cher, I think, really thinks everything revolves around her. Pitiful.

        Couldn’t she have just shown up & sat in the audience TO SUPPORT her son & FOR ONCE let him SHINE??!!

        I mean, really….she kept calling Chaz “she” so many times. You’d think that after all this time Cher would have ADJUSTED/grown accustomed by now to be comfortable by addressing Chaz by the pronoun HE PREFERS.

        I think Cher thinks she came off as cute…she came off as a pompous ass who just cannot help herself to still let the world know how much SHE’S SUFFERED trying to adjust to Chaz’s sexual orientation and identity. I really feel for Chaz.

      • Girl says:

        @Dusty: you nailed it. That must have been an even more difficult childhood for Chaz.

      • sasa says:

        Because having your daughter turn into a son after 40 years is such a non-stressful thing to experience. It’s highly stressful and confusing (I would imagine).

        Of course it has been worse for Chaz. But I don’t understand the notion that saying how, as a parent, you had a tough time coping with things- how that in any way takes away from the child’s struggle. We all struggle in situations outside the norm.

        And Cher did acknowledge it’s about Chaz by saying he is the most courageous person she knows.

      • Candyland says:

        That’s exactly why I think Chaz became a transgender. To escape Cher and the comparisons. He can be his own person now. And Cher STILL steals the attention from him even as he’s a man.

      • sasa says:

        You think you know the reason why Chastity became Chaz?! And it’s rebellion?! Have you ever read about transgender people, listened to their stories? Have you heard Chaz speak about it?

        I’m going on a limb by saying Chaz would NOT appreciate your attempt to explain his life long struggle.

        And competing against your parent is a nonsense concept.

  7. Jennifer says:

    z list event.

  8. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I see Cher is going for the Bob Ross look.

  9. Jackie says:

    too bad she had to wear an attention seeking wig to an event that was honoring others, most importantly her son.

    i guess he is use to it by now. you’re right, he was probably just glad her ass wasn’t hanging out.

  10. Happymom says:

    The event is great-but Cher is such a narcissist: that hair, woman-seriously?! Way to make it about you.

  11. Hanna says:

    Chaz looks like Eric Cartman.

  12. mememe says:

    Chaz looks so unhealthy.

  13. hillbillygirl45 says:

    What WAS this woman thinking?! Did somebody tell her this was a good look for her? I agree, at least she was covered up….is Cher possibly suffering from senility?

  14. aud says:

    i love josh hutcherson. this is the kind of up and coming actor who deserves respect.

  15. hatsumomo says:

    You know, for Cher that wig wasent to bad, it suits her. For Cher..

  16. Onyx XV says:

    More concerning to me than Cher’s frightful wig is her face! She is starting to look like Jocelyn Wildenstein. WTH is going on with her chin?? YIKES!!

    Go Chaz!

  17. Candyland says:

    Here’s my take. Having a (one-time) beautiful, over the top, world famous mom musta been hell. How do you compete against Cher? Or keep your own identity? Chastity rebelled and decided to become a man cause she felt she couldn’t compete against Cher as a woman.

  18. sasa says:

    Some people shave their head to rebel, some start abusing substances and some go and change their gender. Sounds about right.

  19. jferber says:

    I love Cher. I can’t pretend to know why Chastity first decided she was lesbian and then decided she was a man in a woman’s body. I could see why Cher would have trouble dealing with these issues as a mother. I guess I understand the lesbian thing much more than the transgender thing. Why not just change gender the gender roles available to women and men and not the gender itself. Like GLoria Steinem once said (and I paraphrase), “Why change the foot when you don’t like the shoe?”