Mario Lopez visited conservative host Candace Owens for her show last month but a conversation they had is just now coming to light this week.
Talk show host Owens brought up a “weird trend” of celebs acknowledging their child’s gender identity and cited Charlize Theron as an example. “I’ve had children say they were mermaids. I’ve had children say they could fly. I am trying to understand this new Hollywood mentality where they just think their children now have the mental authority and clarity…”
Lopez agreed: “I am trying to understand it myself, and please don’t lump me into that whole [group of celebs]. I’m kind of blown away too. Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids obviously and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong but at the same time, my God, if you’re three years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination then, well, ‘OK, then you’re going to be a boy or girl,’ whatever the case may be … It’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on..”
“To me I just see depression,” added Owens. “You can’t make a decision about your sexuality when you’re three years old.” “When you’re a kid … you don’t know anything about sexuality yet,” Lopez agreed. “You’re just a kid.” Owens accused celebs like Theron of “narcissism” and “virtue signaling” for acknowledging their children's gender identities. Added Lopez: “I think parents need to allow their kids to be kids but at the same time, you gotta be the adult in the situation. Pause with that and — I think the formative years is when you start having those discussions and really start making these ‘declarations.'”
After this part of the interview started making the news within the last 24 hours, Lopez issued an apology today to The Advocate.
“The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” @MarioLopezExtra said in a statement sent to The Advocate. #MarioLopez https://t.co/JxC3rTn79F— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) July 31, 2019
“The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” Lopez said in a statement.
“I have been and always will be an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community, and I am going to use this opportunity to better educate myself. Moving forward I will be more informed and thoughtful,” he added.
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