'Ignorant And Insensitive': Mario Lopez Apologises For Transphobic Comments
Mario Lopez has apologised after transphobic comments he made last month re-surfaced.
Appearing on conservative commentator Candace Owens' self-titled PragerU video series, Lopez spoke about the 'weird trend' of celebrities allowing their children to make their own choices when it comes to displays of gender identity.
Owens first raised the topic to Lopez, saying, "I’m trying to understand this new Hollywood mentality where they just think their children now have the mental authority and clarity."
Owens especially made reference to Charlize Theron who, earlier this year, revealed that her 7-year-old, Jackson, told her when she was 3-years-old, "I am not a boy".
Lopez agreed with Owens, before saying, "Please don't lump me into that whole..." he said trailing off, alluding to transphobic groups.
"I'm kind of blown away too," he went on, "I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make this determination.
"Okay 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."
"When you’re a kid," Lopez continued, "you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid."
It is somewhat telling that, while trying to make the comment that children don't "know anything about sexuality yet", Lopez didn't realise that sexuality and gender identity are not the same.
Owens rounded out the conversation by saying parents who support their child's choice to self-identify were "narcissists showing off their tolerance", to which Lopez responded:
"Parents need to allow their kids to be kids but at the same time, you gotta be the adult in the situation."
The comments were originally made in June, but were picked up recently by Yahoo, resulting in Lopez facing backlash.
Following the online backlash, Lopez issued the following apology:
"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."
Unfortunately, his apology didn't really win everyone over.
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