'Saved By The Bell' Star Mario Lopez Says It's "Dangerous" For Parents To Support Trans Children, Later Apologizes

'Saved By The Bell' Star Mario Lopez Says It's "Dangerous" For Parents To Support Trans Children, Later Apologizes

“I think parents need to allow their kids to be kids but at the same time, you gotta be the adult in the situation," said Lopez.

Mario Lopez recently received some major flak for sharing his opinion on parenting with the world during an interview. According to Yahoo News, Lopez claims that parents who let their children live according to their self-identified genders are setting a "dangerous example" to the rest of the world. Lopez, who is a father of three, shared his opinions during an interview on The Candace Owens Show, a PragerU video series hosted by the 30-year-old conservative figure. Though it was aired in June, it has only recently caught Twitterati's attention. During the 40-minute interview, host Owens spoke about several topics.


He also brought up the “weird trend” in Hollywood that has celebrities like Charlize Theron letting their children identify themselves, with respect to gender. In April, Theron revealed that her 7-year-old child Jackson did not identify as a boy. “Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron told Daily Mail. “Until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!'”


Owens told the new Access Hollywood host, “A lot of weird trends come out of Hollywood and one of the weirder ones, for me, is this new trend where celebrities are coming out — and I know Charlize Theron did this a few weeks ago — is saying that their child is picking their gender. And this is strange to me, and they say, ‘Oh, I looked at my child and my child was swimming in a bathtub and looked up and said, “Mommy, I’m a boy’” and that’s weird ...”


Owens also went to say that her experience as a nanny is what makes her believe that children don't always mean what they say. “I am trying to understand this new Hollywood mentality where they just think their children now have the mental authority," she added. “I am trying to understand it myself, and please don’t lump me into that whole [group],” Lopez responded.


 “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 3 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 this determination then, well, OK, then you’re going to a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be ... It's sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”


He added, “When you’re a kid ... you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid.” Owens responded to this by saying that parents who support their children in this way are narcissists showing off their tolerance.  Lopez responded, “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,” he said, adding air quotes. 


This definitely did not win him any fans, and people were quick enough to get onto social media sites to take a jab at him, for his comments, and for the way he thinks. At the same time, a lot of people agreed with his and said that when they were three years old, they had no idea about their life, let alone their sexuality, so they saw nothing wrong in what he said. Some said he was right, while some others said he was just sharing his opinion. 


Nevertheless, following the backlash over the negative comments he made over other people's parenting skills, he apologized and also promised to be “more informed and thoughtful” with his words henceforth, according to Yahoo News.  “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 to Yahoo Entertainment. “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.” 


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