Extra host Mario Lopez thought it would be a good idea to appear on The Candace Owens Show and talk about…. trans issues. I mean: What could go wrong? She’s a right-wing lightning rod and he’s a CIS-gendered heterosexual man with no dog in the fight, sooooooo go off, you two. Have fun.,
During the 40-minute interview, Owens noted that Lopez’s son has “boyish” interests, and that it struck her as “a weird trend” that some celebrities, like Charlize Theron, are allowing their children to choose their gender identity.
via NBC News:
Owens said that as a former nanny, she believes children do not possess the “mental authority” to express a gender identity different than the one they were assigned at birth and compared children claiming transgender identity to them pretending to be a superhero or a mermaid, a childhood act of make-believe.
“I’m kind of blown away, too,” Lopez responded. “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 that determination.”
“It’s sort of alarming, and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on,” he continued.
Lopez and Owens then conflated gender identity and sexual orientation, with Lopez saying, “When you’re a kid … you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid.”
He then backtracked his controversial comments, saying in a statement, they were “ignorant and insensitive” and added that he now has “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,” Lopez said. “Moving forward I will be more informed and thoughtful.”
“Extra” producers released a statement on Wednesday’s show that said while they have had a long relationship with Lopez, the views he reflected are not representative of the show.
“We wholeheartedly embrace our friends from the LGBTQ community and believe they deserve support and love,” the statement said.