Mario Lopez Apologizes After Controversial Statement About Transgender Kids, #MeToo Movement

Published: Wednesday 31st Jul 2019 by Rashad

Actor-turned-TV-personality Mario Lopez has been dragged all up and down Twitter thanks to controversial remarks he made about children and gender identity.

Taking to ‘The Candace Owens Show,’ the former ‘Saved by the Bell’ star set off alarms for members of the LGBTQ community (and its supporters) when he stated:

“…I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids… and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong. But at the same time, 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 that determination then.

You don’t know anything about sexuality yet… You’re just a kid.”

After critics called out his insensitivity to conflating gender identity with sexuality, the ‘Extra’ star took to press to offer an apology. See it inside:

Here’s the clip that has every up in arms:

In response to the controversy, Lopez issued the following statement:

“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.”


Members of the LGBTQ community aren’t the only ones pissed off from Lopez’s interview. During his sit down with Owens, he also took aim at the #MeToo movement when he suggested social media campaigns such as #MeToo and #BelieveWomen are dangerous as well.  Why?  According to him, “because people lie — and sometimes those people are women.”

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  1. Tyty July 31, 2019

    So nobody can say anything about the LGBT community we all have to cower in fear in case they are offended. I’m an ally but this bullying of anyone that voices is silly

    • Shayla Queen July 31, 2019

      It’s the same with ALL minority groups. They are a protected class who get to avoid criticism and gain privileges they didn’t earn.

      • SMH July 31, 2019

        Well you can thank White Privilege/Supremacy for that. That’s what created this entire narrative about so-called “privileged” groups.

      • gina July 31, 2019

        @Shayla Queen its not “all” minority groups, just the LGBT crowd. They did the same thing to Rupaul over the term “t*****”.

      • Tyty July 31, 2019

        You thought you did something there didn’t you? There is nothing called minority privilege it doesn’t exist and never will. You just mad white people can no longer go through life on the easy lane through cheating, lying stealing etc… Without being called out for it. In fact if ”minority privilege” ever existed white people have been number one in its use since you are the minority race when it comes to numbers.

    • Jasmine July 31, 2019

      I agree with Mario’s comments 100 percent and love how he expressed empathy towards those offended without backing down from his opinions! The problem with people who are offended are that they feel their way is the right way and the only way! Realistically, everyone has their own opinions and you should not be hurt or offended by the opinions of another human being! Whatever happened to having tough skin and a backbone?

      I think at 3 years parents need to let their children enjoy their childhood. Who cares if a child is gay, straight, or a t***** in the future? Childhood is a learning experience for both the child and the parent. I strongly believe that regardless of sexuality children need a normal childhood. Little boys should not be dressed like girls and vice versa. Little boys should be encouraged to play sports, make friends, and do well in school. Regardless of your sexuality, a man is supposed to be a man. When a man thinks he was supposed to be born a woman that is going against God who created you and God does not make mistakes! If an adult male chooses to be a t***** that is a choice he made as an adult. When parents decide for their kids that their son is going to be a t***** that is horribly wrong!

      These are my opinions and if anyone is offended you should not be. Get tough skin.

      • ERIC July 31, 2019

        @Jasmine. I agree. I hate that anyone with an opposing view or opinion is made to feel like they have to apologize to the LGBT community. What Mario said is right. And I agree with him that the MeToo movement has become problematic. It has created a system where anyone who makes a claim is supposed to automatically be believed, and that’s basically saying the accused is guilty until proven innocent.

      • Amanda D. July 31, 2019

        I agree Jasmine. A 3 year old has a very long way to go before puberty. Kids she be kids and kept innocent instead of conditioned. We want to outlaw gay conversion camps on kids where they are “programmed” straight but now we want to “program” them to be t*****.

      • Jasmine Lie Detector July 31, 2019

        Amanda D. = Jasmine. You’re not fooling anyone witch.

      • Jasmine July 31, 2019

        Thanks you Eric. I agree 100 %

      • Jasmine July 31, 2019

        @Amanda AMEN

      • Jasmine July 31, 2019

        Lol I am not Amanda but thanks for the compliment. Her comment 100 ? percent accurate!

  2. #TeamTinashe Stan July 31, 2019

    Did he lie?
    A 3yr old transitioning to become the opposite s** is horrifying and bad parenting at that.
    Many of us have had phases like in High School where we would act a certain way or dress a certain way but that is not who we are today.

    The LGBTQRSTVUXWYZ community needs to do better!
    Poor children ?

    • Paulo July 31, 2019

      Right cause why would the parents of transgender kids listen to the staff of mental health workers aiding their kids when there’s “genius” folk like Mario Who and the self-hating closeted moron known as the stan of a flop diva saying otherwise… go to your corner and only return when Tinashe enters the billboard top 20 again

      • Oh plz July 31, 2019

        This comment isn’t even coherent. Go back to school and learn proper sentence construction before trying to come for someone.

      • Clarkson July 31, 2019

        U do realise these mental health workers love experimentation. They love experimenting on kids/people. A boy wearing pink and singing beyonce songs, they tell u son is trans, cut his private parts off. any little sign of abnormal behaviour, they tell u that u have a problem and they start pumping drugs in ur system

      • Paulo July 31, 2019

        I said what I said. Not my fault you can’t read ho! Now pick up a book and make sense of that

  3. Oh plz July 31, 2019

    He was speaking straight FACTS. A dummy 3 year old don’t know nann about gender identity. These “woke” LGBTQ fools need their asses whooped.

    • SMH July 31, 2019

      Agreed, I’m a gay man and I can’t stand the LGBTXYZ whatever group lol.

  4. Danny Bey July 31, 2019

    He did NOT have to apologize. ???

  5. C July 31, 2019

    I’m a gay man and have had an attraction of men since a young age however I wasn’t able to truly figure out my sexual identity until I was in high school when I was about 16 years old. Mario didn’t say anything offensive at all! And I also don’t believe that as a child especially a three year old in this conversation is able to identify their sexuality or sexual orientation. I also believe that in this current day and age, people are way too sensitive! Everything offends people. Now I understand the importance of educating people especially when it comes to lgbtq+, race, religion and Or and other protected classes, but there are times where I don’t agree with the outrage or the people who find things offensive. Maybe it’s because I’m not personally offended but in all honesty a three year olds brain isn’t even fully developed so how can he or she make the statement that he or she is gay, straight, bi, non binary, q****, transgender, etc. Mario spoke his opinion but he also spoke factually.

  6. whut July 31, 2019

    Throw this whole fake ass “woke” generation away. Theyre all idiots.

  7. #TheTruth July 31, 2019

    He hasn’t said anything wrong at all.
    What kind of world do we live in. He made perfect sense and expressed himself with respect. They should focus on real discrimination, there’s no case here. Move along.

  8. Jasmine The Real Princess July 31, 2019

    Is he lying though? Have your been fully aware of yourself and have you been aware of your own consciousness at 3 years old? What can you remember from that age? Was the world and your view of it the same as it is now or did you see it through a „fantasy Filter“?

    I personally would wait until the kid fully develops his personality and is aware of its own being before going such a step

    Yes, it may have helped a lot of people but there’s also been enough kids painfully regretting the s** change. It really is a double sided sword and a very tricky and unprepared situation to be in as a parent

  9. Erica July 31, 2019

    He’s a coward for not standing up for what he said!! Which in my view is correct, there is no need for him to educate himself when common sense knows that at 3 Years old one cannot make that decision to decide if they like the same s** or not

    • Jasmine July 31, 2019

      He need his checks. He ain’t trying to have a stop payment on his paychecks by getting cancelled.

  10. Clarkson July 31, 2019

    Just because ur son likes dresses that doesn’t mean he is a girl trapped in a boy’s body

    Just because ur daughter hates pink and loves baggy clothes that doesnt mean she’s a boy trapped in a girl’s body.

    Pls stop mutilating kids in the name of transgenderism. Stop cutting of their reproductive organs.
    Pls stop giving little kids dangerous hormones in the name of transgenderism

    I don’t think trannys should be part of the LGB community.
    Trans women behave like stereotypical women (loves pink, loves long hair, loves dresses etc)
    Trans men behave like stereotypical men (beards, tattoos, piercings)

  11. A&R July 31, 2019

    Pause one mother effing min… although he confused sexuality and gender doesn’t change the fact that a child could be too immature to understand gender and where they fall within it. This baffles me that so many ppl are ignoring that gender is a man made social construct. Gender isn’t like birth assigned s**. For an adult to say they feel like something they’ve never experienced is questionable let alone a child. Society has ran with misinformation about gender so much that there’s earthshaking confusion around what it really is. Wow!!!!!!!!

    • Jasmine July 31, 2019

      If you are born with a penis you are a boy! If you are born with a v***** you are a girl.

    • S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. July 31, 2019

      @A&R – I agree.

    • ERIC July 31, 2019

      Gender roles (e.g., fairies are for girls, trucks are for boys) are man made, but gender is not.

  12. MessyBoots July 31, 2019

    To any trans identified boy or girl reading the hate filled ignorant comments in this thread just realize there are millions of people who may never understand or accept you but many of us do understand and LOVE you. Be yourself no matter what obstacles or hate you will face from society. I am inspired by your courage. I work alongside many of you in social services from pre teens to folks in the their 20s and 30s. Your humanity isnt meant to be understood by ANYONE except YOU.

    F*** anyone w/ an opinion that says you dont deserve to exist, live, love, and express yourself however the f*** you decide.

    There’s plenty of ppl who wont like or understand you but there are 10x more who love you and you should love yourself. Be true to yourself. You only get one life to live
    Dont live for other ppl.. EVER. ??

    • Paulo July 31, 2019


    • Amanda D. July 31, 2019

      U sound super defensive about stuff that was not said. Are u a t*****?

      • Not the one July 31, 2019

        Are you a n*****, Amanda?

    • Come on now July 31, 2019

      But if their 3 YRS OLD then they can’t read this and that’s who we’re talking about so cut it out

      • Come on now July 31, 2019


  13. War July 31, 2019

    Sad day, when you have around your honesty..

  14. PinotNoir August 1, 2019

    Funny. All those apologies sound the exact same … as if the offended party has a pre-written form passed as the defendent’s very own. Hmm … pretty organized group.

  15. Straight up Facts August 1, 2019

    So if a 3 year old wants to change genders, then they can get a tattoo because they want to. It’s their decision. Same thing. Tomato, Tamato.

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