Mario Lopez says letting your kids live as their preferred gender is 'dangerous' and 'alarming'

Mario Lopez says letting your kids live as their preferred gender is 'dangerous' and 'alarming'


Mario Lopez says letting your children transition genders is ‘dangerous’ and ‘sort of alarming’ during discussion over Charlize Theron’s upbringing of her seven-year-old child Jackson

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 choose their gender 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

Speaking his mind: Lopez told Owens, 'I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make this determination then'

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

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

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

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 has two children – daughter Gia, eight, and son Dominic, five, with wife Courtney Laine Mazza. He was previously in a brief marriage to Ali Landry in 2004.

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

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

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.’ 

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