UPDATE: 24 hours after his original comments went viral, Mario Lopez has officially apologized to progressives angry with his comments on children picking their own gender.
“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 CNN. “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.” – Lopez
TV host Mario Lopez recently joined Candace Owens in an interview in where they talked about how it is dangerous for parents to allow their children to ‘choose’ their gender. After starting a discussion revolving around actress Charlize Theron’s 7-year-old trans daughter who ‘decided’ he was a girl at age 3, Lopez said:
“My God if you’re three years old, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make this determination then … it’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on,” Lopez said.
“I think parents need to allow their kids to be kids, but at the same time, you got to be the adult in the situation,” the father of three continued, adding that a heavy discussion on gender identity needs to wait until the child’s “formative years.”
Theron made waves in April after confirming that she was, in fact, raising her 7-year-old son as a girl.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too. Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’” Theron said, according to the Daily Mail.
Obviously, Lopez’s comments didn’t sit well with progressives who were upset at the idea of children as young as three years old not being able to pick what gender they wish to be.
Not everyone was upset, some calling Lopez’s comment common sense in a non-progressive world.