A popular entertainment host could be out of the job because he admitted he sees problems with allowing 3-year-old children to determine their sexual and gender identities.
Mario Lopez’s future with NBC’s “Access Hollywood” is reportedly “in doubt” several weeks after the 45-year-old TV personality said it’s “dangerous” for parents to allow their very young kids to embrace transgenderism.
Despite medical marvels and mind-blowing technology, there is an incredibly low amount of research into the potential risks associated with puberty blockers and hormone therapy. Nevertheless, activists within the medical community are gung-ho about embracing an issue that, just a few years ago, was called “gender identity disorder” but has been recently rebranded as “gender dysphoria.”
There’s no conclusive research to suggest transgenderism is innate. A 2013 study of twin transgender adults found only 28 percent of identical twins both identified as transgender. They differed 72 percent of the time. If genetics or prenatal hormones contributed significantly to transgenderism, research should show both twins experiencing gender identity disorder the majority of the time.
Even Dr. Joshua Safer, an endocrinologist and executive director of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, begrudgingly admitted to The New York Times last year there really is not evidence to suggest gender identity disorder “is genetic.”
Additionally, both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association concur it’s not the case transgenderism is inborn. More than 75 percent of boys and girls experiencing gender identity disorder accept their biological sex by adolescence or adulthood.
And if none of that is enough, limited research has shown puberty blockers interrupt healthy bone development as well as the potential increased risk for obesity and testicular cancer in boys and an unknown negative impact on cognitive development. New data published in February also revealed those who receive hormone therapy as part of treatment for gender identity disorder are at a higher risk for cardiovascular events, such as strokes, heart attacks, and blood clots.
The medical community is essentially conducting a widespread experiment with little to no concrete data guiding them. But, in 2019, it is Lopez who is out of line.
He first made the comments during an interview with conservative firebrand Candace Owens, who referenced actor Charlize Theron’s decision to raise her now-7-year-old son Jackson as a female.
Lopez, the incoming host of “Access Hollywood,” told Owens it’s “sort of alarming” to think some parents would let children as young as 3 years old dictate their sexuality. “I just think about the repercussions later on,” he said.
Predictably, the former “Saved by the Bell” star faced an onslaught of criticism and issued a statement apologizing for his “ignorant and insensitive” comments.
“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,” Lopez said. “Moving forward, I will be more informed and thoughtful.”
There’s a chance, though, that statement — as penitent as it is — might not be enough for those in power at NBC. An unnamed source at the network told Radar Online that executives “held an emergency meeting” to discuss the Christian celebrity’s future with the show “because they do not see how they can just let this fly.”
“His apology really meant nothing at all,” the source reportedly said. “All it does is solidify that he was aware that his comments were transphobic and hurtful.”
Another source, however, has insisted Lopez’s job with NBC is not in jeopardy and said production will begin in the fall as scheduled.
Regardless, the fact Lopez’s comments — which should be the furthest thing from controversial — have sparked such an uprising is proof positive we have lost our collective grip on morality and decency and anyone trying to right the ship better just fall in line or walk the plank.