Mario Lopez Says It's 'Dangerous' for Parents to Support Transgender Kids | 22 Words

Change is usually a good thing but people often see it as the complete opposite. Maybe it's because no one really enjoys heading into the unknown. Will it bring about good things or will we be wishing we could go back in time and reverse our actions?

Our society is rapidly changing. For some people, it's a sign of change that is going to revolutionize years to come, but for others, who see it as a breeding ground for "snowflakes", it's their worst possible nightmare.

Well, this story concerns a topic that has been the center of global debates for a while now: being transgender. Keep reading to hear about why Mario Lopez thinks it is actually "dangerous" for parents to support transgender children.

For all of you who aren't aware, this is Mario Lopez.

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A forty-five-year-old American actor and journalist who has appeared in a variety of television shows.

He is best known for his role in Saved By The Bell .

I bet you all thought he looked quite familiar, right. Yes, he played A.C Slater, a popular jock who had a thing for sports.

And his career expands further than just acting.

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He has also been the host of some of America's best talent shows including, Dancing with the Stars and the American version of The X Factor.

And the nation couldn't help but fall in love with the smiley star.

Despite many cheating scandals dominating his personal life, everyone couldn't help but warm up to him. I'm telling you, it's that killer smile. But since this particular news story broke out, he's lost more than just a couple of fans...

In an interview on The Candace Owens Show , he made a pretty bold statement.

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Lopez, who has three children of his own, had some very controversial advice for his fellow parents.

He claimed that supporting transgender children is "dangerous."

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During the lengthy interview, the host brought up a "weird trend" in which parents take cues from their children about how they wish to identify.

In April, Charlize Theron shared with us what her son had said to her.

The actress told The Daily Mail: "Yes, I thought she was a boy, too, until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said, "I am not a boy!"

The debate has been intense and ongoing.

People are divided and it seems like no one is ever going to agree on this issue. Let me sum up the two most prominent sides of the argument for you...

On the one hand...

We have the people who think children aren't old enough to be making such monumental decisions that could alter their entire lives. They don't understand the impact of the consequences of making such a choice.

And on the other...

We have those who believe in supporting children no matter what, even if that means aiding them in processes that they might regret later on. Each side seems to have a valid point, but at the end of the day, the final decision lies with each individual parent.

The host of The Candace Owens Show clearly stands on one side though.

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Owens claimed that it's "weird" that parents would listen to these kinds of things from a child. She said: "This [concept] is strange to me, and [parents] say, ‘Oh, I looked at my child and my child was swimming in a bathtub and looked up and said, "Mommy, I’m a boy"."

And Lopez seemed to agree.

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He responded: "I’m kind of blown away too... 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 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."

Even though the interview took place in June, Twitter only just noticed it...

And they weren't going to let it go.

Some people weren't too happy with his approach.

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A lot of the tweets were centered around this idea that "sexuality" and "gender" are two separate entities and should not be used as direct synonyms.

Others have gone as far as altering his Wikipedia page!

People are very angry, to say the least.

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

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Is this a simplistic way of thinking or does he have a point? Children do pick up ideas from the things they see or hear. Some people have said that it could be considered "irresponsible" to give a child such power over a decision like this. Others would argue that children have actually evolved over time. Nowadays, you can find so many young people who have massive careers, who have more direction than we ever did as children. So if they can have that, why can't they choose their own gender?

It is an extremely complex debate.

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However, one thing's for sure, this isn't the first controversial thing Lopez has said. He also claimed that hashtags such as #BelieveWomen, which aims to support victims of sexual abuse who may have been too afraid to tell their story, as "dangerous." I wonder if this is because he was accused of rape by two separate women? Don't shoot yourself in the foot, Lopez.

He does love throwing that word around, doesn't he?

Topics such as these need to be handled with care and sensitivity, which I think he did. But the underlying message of his opinion only proves one thing to some. While I understand there are exceptions to cases, a big reason why we have these hashtags is to raise awareness for those who feel like they don't have a voice.

Dismissing or manipulating that awareness can have "dangerous" consequences.

Ain't that right, Lopez? However, some people are also defending the actor saying that he just simple shared where he stands on the matter.

There's only one thing we need to be clear about.

As I have mentioned previously, at the end of the day, the decision lies with each parent and what they believe is best for their child. An opinion is an opinion, even if you think it's a sh*t one.

And on a more positive note...

If you want to see a heartwarming video of a father teaching his transgender son how to shave, then keep scrolling! I can assure you, it will make your day!