The controversy over Chaz Bono's upcoming appearance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars continues to simmer.

The latest to wade into the debate is Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper.

Roeper's Monday column titled Not to worry: Chaz Bono's dancing won't make viewers change genders comes along after Fox News contributor Keith Ablow warned parents not to let their children watch the dancing competition, because it would lead to confusion.

Author-activist Bono is the child of gay icon Cher and the late entertainer-politician Sonny Bono. Bono is a transgender man.

In his column, Ablow suggests Bono should not be applauded for “asserting she is a man … any more than a woman who believes she will be happier without arms, has them removed and then continues to assert that she was right all along – her self-concept was that of a double amputee. Now, all is well.”

Ablow's op-ed comes amid a firestorm of protest. Bono, 42, has already refused to back out of the dancing contest amid calls for a boycott of the show and its advertisers over its casting. (Conservatives are also fuming at the inclusion of openly gay fashion expert Carson Kressley.)

The controversy has “made me realize I'm really glad I'm doing this, because America really needs to see this,” Bono, who has been partnered with female professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer, told ABC News.

Roeper said he supports Bono: “But imagine all that a Chaz Bono has to go through – medically, emotionally, on all levels – to become the person she wants and needs to be. If someone undertakes that journey, how can their choices be anything BUT legitimate.?”

(Related: Cher defends Chaz Bono from offended Dancing with the Stars viewers.)