Mario Lopez Faces Backlash For Saying It’s ‘Dangerous’ For Parents To Support Their Trans Kids

Oh good, the cisgender are giving their opinions on transgender people’s right  to exist again.

This time, it’s Saved By the Bell alum and Access Hollywood host Mario Lopez. speaking  about stuff he clearly does not know anything about according to, like, doctors and science.

In June, Lopez appeared on alt-right Candace Owens’ show The Candace Owens Show, part of PragerU, the internet’s pre-eminent source for disseminating alt-right rhetoric as plausibly deniable straight-talk using intellectually dishonest bad-faith arguments.

I refuse to link to such dangerous content but Google will serve it up quickly and easily if you’re interested.

Anyway, the big quote catching folks’ attention is this one:

Now, maybe that’s taken out of context.

So here’s the whole kit and kaboodle:

“Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids obviously and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong but at the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make this determination then, well, OK, then you’re going to be a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be … It’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”

That long-winded malarkey is bad enough. That’s not how transitioning even works—children can and in extremely rare cases do, change their minds and “de-transition” with few, if any, “repercussions.”

But then Mario took it a step further into forehead-slapping territory:

When you’re a kid … you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid.”

How loud can I scream this so people like Mario will hear me?


Here, let an actual doctor explain it.

Here’s Christia Brown PhD.,  a social psychology professor at the University of Kentucky who spoke to Yahoo! Lifestyle about all this.

Dr. Brown said:

“Many transgender people get frustrated when they’re lumped under the LGBT umbrella because for them, their identity is not about sexual orientation.”

And as for kids exploring gender identity?

“Some children who explore non-stereotypical forms of gender expression are transgender, however others just want a flexible gender expression. Kids are drawn to what they find aesthetically pleasing and there’s often not deeper meaning.”

Sounds like maybe we should calm down.

Mario then went on to criticize the #BelieveWomen movement, which calls on people to…well, believe women when they report sexual assault, calling it:

“a dangerous hashtag because people lie and sometimes those people are women.”

It just keeps getting better.

True to form, here’s the totally inaccurate way Owens and PragerU have spun this controversy.

That’s not the issue at hand, nor is it an accurate representation of the backlash.

But that’s no surprise coming from someone like Candace Owens, who’s carved a niche for herself as the Trump-loving Black woman who makes claims like:

And then there’s this darling quote:

“It’s the weirdest thing I ever heard: ‘I love oppression. We’re oppressed. 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow.’ Which, by the way, none of you guys lived through. Your grandparents did. And it’s embarrassing that you utilize their history, you utilize their history and you come in here with more emotion than they ever had when they were living through it. You’re not living through anything right now. You’re overly privileged Americans.”

Meanwhile, here’s a link to some statistics on the Black/White wage gap, for starters.

Owens was also the New Zealand massacre shooter’s greatest inspiration, and formerly ran a website that compared Trump to Hitler, called him a racist and mocked him for having a “small penis.”

So, you know, not quite sure Candace Owens is the vessel for a good faith discussion of any issue, Mario!

Anyway, as you might guess, none of this sat well with many folks online. 

Let us take this as a reminder that it’s okay to just shut up when you don’t know what you’re talking about.

As a wise person once said:

Sometimes it’s best not to speak. If you share that sentiment, this shirt is available here.