Mario Lopez says letting your children transition genders is 'dangerous
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!"'
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.
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.'