Piers Morgan, 54, addressed Mario Lopez’s opinions about parents honouring the wishes of their children who identify with a different gender to the one they were assigned at birth. The Saved By The Bell star said he thought it was “dangerous” and “alarming” to allow children to pick their gender identities at a young age. However, Mario later apologised for his comments, explaining: “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were.” He added to CNN: "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."
I’m outraged by Mario Lopez. Why did he apologise?
In spite of Mario’s retraction of his original statement, Piers took to Twitter to reveal he was “outraged” the actor felt the need to apologise.
The Good Morning Britain presenter wrote in view of his 6.7 million followers: “I’m outraged by Mario Lopez. Why did he apologise?”
Piers then retweeted a statement from LGBTQ civil rights organisation Human Rights Campaign, which read: “Mario Lopez’s comments are dangerous to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth, especially trans children who deserve to be loved and accepted for who they are.”
The outspoken TV personality voiced his disagreement about the organisation’s comments, as he replied: “What nonsense. No 3-yr-old child can possibly self-determine their own gender or sexuality.
“Mario’s been shamefully bullied into apologising for stating what every parent knows to be the truth. I’ve had 4 kids & they could barely determine what day it is at that age.”(sic)
Transgender Celebrity Big Brother contestant India Willoughby also weighed in on the debate after spotting Piers’ tweets.
Piers Morgan wades into Mario Lopez controversy (Image: GETTY • WENN)