In a June interview with conservative activist Candace Owens, Lopez, known for his role on television’s “Saved by the Bell,” said that “if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way, and you think you’re a boy or girl, I think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination then,” CBS News reported.
On Wednesday, Lopez released a statement apologizing for his remarks.
“The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” Lopez said to People.
“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.”
Lopez’s retraction is just the latest example of a public figure caving to the pressure of the mob. All it took was left-wing indignation to cause Lopez to repudiate his remarks.
Weeks ago, the actor appeared on Owens’ PragerU show to discuss what Owens called “a very scary trend … [of] accepting that whatever my kid wants to do they can do.”
Lopez didn’t exactly sound like a conservative voice when responding to Owens’ statement.
He even conceded that “I think in the formative years is when you start to have these conversations and make those decisions [about gender/sexuality].”
That comment should come as no surprise: As Lopez stated earlier in the interview, he’s a political independent who prefers not to talk about politics.
But Lopez’s support for transgender individuals didn’t spare him from leftists’ scorn. His common-sense reasoning — that toddlers shouldn’t be dictating their genders to their parents — was too great an offense.
Left-wing celebrities and organizations alike condemned Lopez’s comments.
Mario Lopez’s comments are dangerous to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth, especially trans children who deserve to be loved and accepted for who they are. https://t.co/iRBwyobelf
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 31, 2019
“Mario Lopez’s comments are dangerous to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth,” LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign tweeted.
“Queer Eye” actor Karamo Brown said that he was “disappointed to read @MarioLopezExtra comments about parent’s who support their child’s openes about their gender identity.”
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
The Lopez saga has only cemented what many conservatives already know about Hollywood: Any straying from progressive dogma is strictly forbidden.
The choice was clear. Submit to left-wing orthodoxy or lose all favor. Unfortunately, Mario Lopez chose the former.
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