In case you missed it, Mario Lopez was trending on Twitter on Wednesday — but not because your dreams of a Saved By the Bell reunion had come true. Rather, some unfortunate and harmful comments surfaced from an interview Lopez did in June, in which he described parents who support their transgender children as “dangerous.” And, understandably, people didn’t love that.
The unfortunate discussion went down on The Candace Owens Show and began with Owens talking about the “weird trend” of children of celebrities like Charlize Theron “picking their gender.” Which could not be further from the truth. But rather than correct her, or not say anything about it at all, Lopez agreed, saying, “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 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.” Lopez added: “When you’re a kid you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid.”
While many supported the Extra host, there were just as many who were up in arms about his comments. And because of that backlash, Lopez issued an apology to The Advocate, stating, “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were. 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.”
In a statement to The Advocate, GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis suggested that Lopez “clearly needs a primer on trans issues,” adding, “Medical and psychological experts, and parents of children who are transgender have long discredited the ideas that Mario Lopez shared last month. The real ‘dangerous action’ is when someone with a public platform uses bad science to speak against a marginalized and vulnerable group of children.”
Whether or not you believe the sincerity of Lopez’s apology is one thing, but Owens was not happy about it one bit.
PSA: Bullying people into issuing public statements of apology so that they can keep their careers— because they state a FACT—that 3 year olds are not equipped to make life-altering decisions— is why @realDonaldTrump is your President.
Leftists are SICK.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) July 31, 2019
Meanwhile, in other right-wing news across the pond, Piers Morgan is also outraged.
I’m outraged by Mario Lopez.
Why did he apologise?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 31, 2019
And even though some stars were disappointed by his remarks, they’re not there to hate on Lopez, but rather suggest that he take a seat and get educated before he spouts off again.
If you’re not raising a child who is part of the LGBTQ+ community you should really be quiet. You don’t need to understand what you do not know. You both need to do better, your causal transphobia is par for the course. Christianity says leave judgment to god. @MarioLopezExtra
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) July 31, 2019
I’m disappointed to read @MarioLopezExtra comments about parent’s who support their child’s openes about their gender identity. As a social worker I am trained to identify abuse or neglect of a child. Healthy & safe dialogue w/ kids is neither abusive, neglectful or “dangerous.” https://t.co/aTkL2sLm4u
— Karamo Brown (@Karamo) July 31, 2019
Not giving #MarioLopez a pass but CERTAINLY giving him a 2nd chance.
He’s a nice guy.
A loving Dad.
He made a mistake.
A child changing genders at an early age is a complex issue.
Help him understand.
Everybody pouncing needs to chill.
I’m more offended he did Candace Owens show.
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) July 31, 2019