Mario Lopez says he doesn’t understand parents letting their children transition genders.
Lopez, 45, appeared on The Candace Owens Show last month, and the two spoke about what Owens described as a ‘weird trend’ coming out of Hollywood, citing Charlize Theron’s upbringing of her seven-year-old daughter Jackson, who identifies as a transgender girl.
Theron, 43, in April told DailyMail.com that she is raising Jackson to be a girl based on the child’s stated preference: ‘I thought she was a boy, too, until she looked at me when she was three-years-old and said, “I am not a boy!”‘
The latest: Mario Lopez, 45, said he doesn’t understand parents letting their children transition genders in an appearance on The Candace Owens show last month, where the two discussed Charlize Theron’s upbringing of her seven-year-old daughter Jackson, who identifies as a trans girl
Owens shared her own personal experience with kids to illustrate her point.
‘Even though I’m not a parent, I nannied for five years of my life and the things that come out of children’s mouths – they say whatever in the moment, you don’t know what they’ve seen on TV what got in there ear,’ she said. ‘I’ve had children say they were mermaids, I’ve had children say they could fly – and jump off a staircase and thank God I caught him, right, cause he thought he could be Superman.
‘I am trying to understand this new Hollywood mentality where they just think their children now have the mental authority,’ Owens said, to which the Extra host responded, ‘I am trying to understand it myself and please don’t lump me into that whole [group].
The San Diego native, best known for playing A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, said he’s ‘kind of blown away too’ by the parenting decisions of some of his Tinseltown peers.
Discussion: The San Diego native, best known for playing A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, sat down with Owens for a wide-ranging interview
Parenthood: Lopez has two children – daughter Gia, eight, and son Dominic, five, with wife Courtney Laine Mazza
Her take: Owens drew upon her five years of experience as a nanny to lend her expertise to the topic matter
Said Lopez: ‘My God if you’re three-years-old, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make this determination then … it’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.’
Lopez, who has two children with wife Courtney Laine Mazza – daughter Gia, eight, and son Dominic, five – added, ‘I think parents need to allow their kids to be kids, but at the same time, you got to be the adult in the situation.’
He said that a child’s ‘formative years’ are a more appropriate time to have the discussion,’ and before that is ‘way too young.’
Loving mom: Theron said of her kids, ‘They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.’ The family was seen in March in LA
Superstar: Theron was snapped on the red carpet in Las Vegas in April
In the interview in April with DailyMail.com, Theron made clear where she stands on the gender issue.
‘I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive,’ the Atomic Blonde star said. ‘They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.’
The Oscar-winning Monster actress continued: ‘My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be. And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Lopez was asked about the growth of movements such as #BelieveWomen, which he said had to be handled with care.
‘I think blanket statements or hashtags like Believe Women … I think that’s a very dangerous hashtag … because people lie and sometimes those people are women and 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 exactly true … come back and really hurt that individual,’ Lopez said. ‘And if were just supposed to assume she’s telling the truth, without any sort of proof, evidence – that’s incredibly dangerous.
‘And the other way around too, you can’t just believe men, either.’