Mario Lopez apologizes for controversial comments he made about raising transgender children during an appearance on the Candace Owens podcast last month.
& # 39; The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive and I now better understand how painful they were & # 39 ;, the Access host said in a statement to People.
The TV personality, 45, received harsh criticism after suggesting that it was & # 39; dangerous & # 39; was for the parents of transgender children to support the transition of their offspring.
Recognizing his mistake: Mario Lopez apologized for the comments he made about the parents of transgender children, and told People that he now realizes how his comments are & # 39; ignorant and insensitive & # 39; goods.
Lopez spoke with conservative expert Candace Owens on her podcast in June, and Lopez discussed what he thought of the & # 39; new trend & # 39; mentioned that Hollywood celebrities, as Candace described, & # 39; say their child chooses their gender & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I am trying to understand it myself, and please do not allow myself to fall into that whole [group], & # 39; said Lopez.
& # 39; I'm also a bit blown away. Look, I am never someone to tell clearly how to raise their children and I think that if you come from a place of love, you really can't go wrong, but at the same time, my God, if you are three years old and you says that you feel in a certain way or that you think you are a boy or a girl or whatever. & # 39;
Mario seemed poorly informed and suggested that transgender people simply chose a gender instead of recognizing them as people whose gender identity is different from the gender the person had or was identified at birth.
& # 39; I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make that decision – & # 39; Okay, then you become a boy or a girl & # 39; whatever the case is. It's a little alarming and my god, I'm just thinking about the consequences later. & # 39;
He also continued to fuse sexuality – which relates to a person's sexual orientation – with gender identity that Owens said: & # 39; If you are a child … You know nothing about sexuality, you are just a child. & # 39;
Uninformed: Mario joined the conservative expert on her podcast earlier this year and discussed this & # 39; new trend & # 39; in which Hollywood celebrities, such as Candace described, & # 39; say their child chooses their gender & # 39;
Not OK: Lopez spoke with conservative expert Candace Owens on her podcast, Lopez discussed what he thought of the & # 39; new trend & # 39; mentioned that Hollywood celebrities, as Candace described, & # 39; say their child chooses their gender & # 39;
Lopez told parents that she & # 39; the adult in the situation & # 39; had to wait and wait for the & # 39; forming years & # 39; of their child to make decisions about gender or menopause.
& # 39; Personally, I think it's just too young to make it … I know other parents who have certain parenting styles that I don't always agree with, but I do know that they are good people and that they are from a come to a good place, & # 39; he said.
His comments triggered a strong response from both the LGBTQ community and allies who smothered the former & Save By The Bell & # 39; actor because of his ignorance.
But by Wednesday, Lopez apologized to the LGBTQ community for his comments and said he was always a & # 39; fervent supporter & # 39; of their rights.
& # 39; I have always been an avid supporter of the LGBTQ community, and I will use this opportunity to better educate myself & # 39 ;, Mario said in his statement. & # 39; In the future I will be more informed and considerate.
Louder: Jonathan Van Ness urged Mario Lopez to do & # 39; better & # 39; after the doubtful comments from the television presenter about trans-youth
It seemed that the queer community protest led Lopez to think about his comments.
Before Mario & # 39; s Wednesday & # 39; mea culpa & # 39; Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye urged him to do & # 39; better & # 39 ;.
The 32-year-old went to Twitter to share a few choice words explaining why Lopez & # 39; s comments about the conservative show were unnecessary.
& # 39; If you are not raising a child who is part of the LGBTQ + community, you must be really quiet & # 39 ;, Van Ness wrote to his followers. & # 39; You don't have to understand what you don't know. You both have to do better, your causal transphobia is just for the course. Christianity says leave the judgment to God. & # 39;
Talk about it: Jonathan shot back to the Extra host on Twitter and told him to be silent & # 39; about LGBTQ + issues
Preach: Van Ness wrote: & # 39; The persecution that trans- and non-binary people face because some small people are blindly identified with the binary gender is deadly & # 39;
Jonathan added on Twitter: & # 39; The prosecution faced by trans and non-binary people because some small people are blindly identified with the binary gender is deadly. Trans- and non-binary people are confronted with violence, death, homelessness, discrimination because of this constant lack of understanding and the need to judge. & # 39;
Colleague Queer Eye coach Karamo Brown also agreed to Lopez's harsh words and wrote: & I am disappointed to read [Lopez & # 39; s] comments about parents supporting their child's openness about their gender identity. As a social worker I have been trained to identify child abuse or neglect. A healthy and safe dialogue with children is not offensive, neglected or & # 39; dangerous & # 39 ;. & # 39; & # 39;
Karamo even offered to talk to Mario about his confusion and wrote: & # 39; I don't think @ MarioLopezExtra & # 39; must be canceled. But I do think he should be given the opportunity to learn why his comments are harmful to trans youngsters and their parents. Mario, I'm ready to talk if you are. & # 39;
Reaching: Karamo Brown also agreed to Lopez's harsh words and wrote: & # 39; I don't think @ MarioLopezExtra & # 39; must be canceled. But I do think he should be given the opportunity to learn why his comments are harmful to trans youngsters and their parents. Mario, I'm ready to talk when you are & # 39;
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