NEW YORK, NY—Usually, Mario Lopez reports the celebrity news, but recently, the Extra host has created some controversial headlines of his own. During a recent appearance on The Candace Owens Show, the actor and television personality let his narrow-minded opinions out into the light and under public scrutiny.
During the interview, Owens, a conservative and well-known white supremacist commentator, asked the father of three how he felt about children handling pointy objects. His response left viewers stunned: “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, if you're three years old and you’re saying you feel like playing with sharp knives, I just think it's dangerous as a parent to let them do it."
Outrage at Lopez’s discriminatory comments has fuelled social media posts and public statements around the country. Dr. Samuel Powers, president of the Let the Kids Have Their Knives Organization, decried the statement as controlling, demeaning, and cruel. “This kind of thinking has been way too prevalent in our society. If your young children want to play with knives, who are you as their parent to stop them from that?”
Extra producers said in a statement, “Mr. Lopez’s words are in no way representative of the show. We wholeheartedly embrace toddlers using stabby things without parental interference.”