Social conservative Bryan Fischer claims ABC's Dancing with the Stars is exploiting Chaz Bono for ratings and profit.

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

Bono, 42, is a transgender man, a fact that has created a firestorm of protest from groups opposed to gay rights. The AFA-sponsored group One Million Moms is leading the call 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.)

During Monday's edition of the AFA-sponsored radio show Focal Point, host Bryan Fischer added fuel to the fire, calling Bono a “mentally disturbed individual.”

“[T]he issue here is ultimately about ABC, not Chaz Bono. ABC executives are unashamedly preying on her mental illness, cannibalizing her psychologically disturbed soul for ratings, and profiting handsomely in the process. This is immoral, uncaring, greedy and just plain wrong,” Fischer said.

“ABC is helping to forge the chains that will imprison Chaz Bono for the rest of her life in a dark dungeon of confusion and despair.”

“The is not a proud moment for ABC,” he added. “And every advertiser who spends money to promote such sexual abnormality should be embarrassed even to be connected to this charade.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Bono responded to his detractors last week during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

“I'm going to be dancing,” Bono said. “I'm not up there talking about anything other than dancing. People who don't have gender dysphoria aren't going to catch it by watching me dance on television.”