Mario Lopez is facing major backlash for comments he made during an interview with conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Lopez appeared on Owen’s PragerU YouTube channel where he was asked about what Owen’s referred to as “weird trends,” in Hollywood. “Celebrities are coming out — and I know Charlize Theron did this a few weeks ago — and saying that their child is picking their gender,” Owens said.
According to CBS News, Lopez agreed with her sentiment and said he was also trying to understand it himself. “I’m blown away too,” he said. “I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their children… if you come from a place of love, you can’t go wrong.”
Lopez also continued by saying “But, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way and you think you’re a boy or girl, I think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination then.” Lopez said it’s “alarming” and there may be repercussions later on.
During his interview, Lopez also took aim at the #MeToo movement. He said social media campaigns such as #MeToo and #BelieveWomen are dangerous, “because people lie — and sometimes those people are women.”
In 1993, well before the #MeToo movement, Lopez was accused of rape and denied the allegations, and the charges were eventually dropped, according to Variety.
Lopez’s comments set off an immediate firestorm on Twitter as users reacted to his opinions.
But now, in the wake of the backlash, he has since released a statement to apologize.