Instead of sticking with the sex assigned at birth, many parents are now letting their children decide for themselves how they identify. Of course, something so unprecedented will always receive backlash, and it’s continued to be a heated debate in the parenting world. This week, actor, host, and father of three Mario Lopez is being slammed for his recent comments on raising transgender kids.
Lopez discussed the matter on The Candace Owens Show, back in June, but the clips are now gaining attention. Owens brings up the topic of transgender children, specifically how it’s approached by famous parents like Charlize Theron, who recently said that her 7-year-old child Jackson doesn’t identify as a boy.
Lopez shares Owens’ confusion on what she calls a “weird trend”. “I’m kind of blown away too,” the 45-year-old father says. “…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 a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be.”
Needless to say, Twitter not happy about Lopez’ close-minded comments. “I’m disappointed to read @MarioLopezExtra comments,” wrote Queer Eye cast member Karamo Brown. “Healthy & safe dialogue w/kids is neither abusive, neglectful, or ‘dangerous.'” “You conflating gender with sexuality is enough to prove you have no idea what you are talking about,” another user pointed out.
The internet continues to drag Lopez for his comments, to which he has yet to respond.
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
Mario Lopez should mind his business and worry about his own children. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, even wrong ones. But criticizing someone’s parenting publicly crosses a line. If a child isn’t being abused, observe quietly.
— nunya business (@100ptruthteller) July 30, 2019