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Twitter Reacts To Mario Lopez's Transphobic Comments

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | July 31, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | July 31, 2019 |


Mario Lopez has sparked outrage over comments about trans children, which he made while appearing on The Candace Owens Show. The TV personality best-known for rocking acid-washed jeans in the ’90s talked with the controversial conservative about how Hollywood stars like Charlize Theron have embraced their trans children’s gender identities. Owens described this as a “weird trend.” Things quickly descended into a mix of transphobia, ignorance, and parent-shaming.

“I am trying to understand it myself, and please don’t lump me into that whole [group],” Lopez said to Owens, referring to Hollywood folks who dare to love and support trans children. “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 3 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 be 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.”

The Access Hollywood host didn’t speak to what those repercussions might be, and no apparent research or understanding was applied in this segment. Further displaying his ignorance, Lopez then went on to conflate sexual orientation with gender identity, saying, “When you’re a kid … you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid.”

Despite claiming he’s not telling anyone how to parent, the father of three added, “I think parents need to allow their kids to be kids but at the same time, you gotta be the adult in the situation. Pause with that and — I think the formative years is when you start having those discussions and really start making these declarations.”

Lopez also noted his children don’t interact with peers who are transs, saying, “They don’t kick it with those kids.” Wow, Slater. What a cool hip way to express how you’re passing transphobia down to your children.

Here’s how Twitter responded to Lopez’s comments:

Trans kids being accepted by their parents isn’t the only thing Lopez noted is “dangerous.” There’s also that pesky Me Too movement and its hashtags! He told Owens #BelieveWomen can be a “dangerous hashtag because people lie and sometimes those people are women. 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 and just decides to tell a certain story that’s not even exactly true, come back and hurt that individual.”

Related: Mario Lopez has been accused of rape. Twice.

Sources: Yahoo, Pink News

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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