Former Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez found himself in hot water earlier this week when he made some pretty insensitive comments about parents of transgendered children.
The comments came during an interview on “The Candace Owens Show” back in June, where the conservative commentator brought up “this new trend where celebrities are coming out … and saying that their child is picking their gender.”
From there the actor and co-host of Extra went on to say that parents encouraging their young kids to choose their own gender is “dangerous.” He then added, “it’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”
It didn’t take long for the father of three’s comments to receive backlash that has resulted in the star clarifying his comments. “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” he wrote in a statement.
“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.” Lopez works closely with GLAAD who didn’t waste any time contacting Extra to make sure actions were being done to rectify his statement.
“We spoke with Extra and it is clear that the showrunners do not support or share his view. They will address this issue on the show tonight. Lopez clearly needs a primer on trans issues. We reached out to his team to see if and how he will correct the record,” the LGBTQ organization tweeted.