Mario Lopez appeared as a guest on ‘The Candace Owen Show.’
While that’s problematic in and of itself, the ‘Extra’ host is facing backlash for comments he made during their discussion about a ‘weird trend’ of parents supporting transgender children.
— ryan (@1Ryannnn) July 31, 2019
“And this is strange to me. 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 said during the interview, referencing Charlize Theron who revealed their her seven-year-old Jackson does not identify as a boy. “I am trying to understand it myself, and please don’t lump me into that whole [group],” Lopez replied. “I’m kind of blown away too.”
From there Lopez digs in, prompting a backlash on Twitter. “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 this determination then, well, OK, then you’re going to a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be,” he continued. “It’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”
While the interview was originally uploaded in June, the comments have only just resurfaced, prompting outrage. It could also be that no one besides right-wing nuts watch PragerU’s YouTube channel, however. “When you’re a kid… you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid,” Lopez added, confusing gender identity with sexual orientation. Lopez, who has three children of his own, said his older kids don’t associate with non-binary or trans children. “They don’t kick it with those kids,” he said.
He also took a moment to say that #MeToo and #BelieveWomen are “dangerous” social media campaigns, “because people lie, and sometimes those people are women.” He continued, “God forbid you have a son out there and a girl may have felt a certain way about a situation — dismissed, hurt, whatever—and is feeling vengeful.” Lopez himself was accused of date rape by two different women in 1993.
Needless to say, the social media backlash has been swift and furious.
Mario Lopez’s suggestion that parents ought not accept their trans kids — kids who face staggering levels of suicide, bullying and other hurdles — is cruel. He conflated sexual orientation and gender identity, which is a pretty big tell that ya don’t know anything about this.
— Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) July 31, 2019
mario lopez not only claimed women are liars when they come forward and share their sexual assault experience but he also thinks it’s dangerous for children to explore genders and sexuality. wow so he’s disgusting and cancelled ? pic.twitter.com/TUJVGd2Qmj
— claudia (@C011EENMB) July 31, 2019
Mario Lopez’s comments are dangerous to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth, especially trans children who deserve to be loved and accepted for who they are. https://t.co/iRBwyobelf
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 31, 2019