Mario Lopez fanned flames with comments he made in a recent interview that suggested it was a slippery slope for parents to allow their children to choose their gender identity at an early age.
“My God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way, and think you’re a boy or a girl, or whatever the case may be… I think it’s dangerous, as a parent, to make that determination,” Lopez told conservative pundit Candace Owens on her show after she called the trend of raising transgender children “weird” and “scary” in a June conversation with the “Extra” host.
However, the charismatic Lopez was quick to get ahead of the situation and issued an apology for his remarks.
“The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” the “Saved by the Bell” alum said Wednesday in a statement obtained by Fox News. “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.”
“Obviously, it’s an unfortunate story,” said Lopez. “And I happen to know Felicity and Lori, and the people involved are nice people. Sometimes, nice people make mistakes and do tough stuff. You know, as a parent, you want to do anything for your kid, but sometimes that can get a little cloudy.”
Lopez and his wife Courtney share three children, Gia Francesca, 8, Dominic Luciano, 5 and Santino Rafael, 3.
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