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UPDATE: Executives At NBC Hold ‘Emergency Meeting’ To Discuss Mario Lopez’s Future At Access Hollywood

Mario Lopez is finding himself facing backlash after comments he made about transgender children last month during an appearance on “The Candace Owens Show” but they have just sparked blowback on social media this week. The 45-year-old television personality suggested that it was “dangerous” for parents of children as young as three years old to permanently label their kids as transgender. Earlier this week, Owens, a conservative commentator, brought up the topic when discussing  “weird trends” in Hollywood like celebrities allowing their kids to choose their identities, like Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie.

UPDATE: According to sources in touch with Radar Online, Mario Lopez’s job could be on the line following the transphobic comments he made earlier this week.

The source revealed to Radar Online that executives met to discuss Lopez’s future at NBC, specifically “Access Hollywood,” since he is set to start this September to replace Natalia Morales after she was fired. 

“The execs at NBC held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss Mario’s future with the show because they do not see how they can just let this fly,” a source told Radar Online. 

Lopez took a day off of work from “Extra” following the backlashed he received even after his public apology and returned to work on Thursday. 

The source told Radar Online, “His apology really meant nothing at all,” adding “All it does is solidify that he was aware that his comments were transphobic and hurtful.”

While NBC has yet to make an official statement regarding Lopez’s remarks, the source added that Lopez’s words do not represent what NBC stands for and that the brand “prides itself on equality” and “doesn’t accept anti-LGBTQ hate speech at all.”

Producers over at “Extra,” where Lopez is currently hosting, did release a statement this week saying: “While we have enjoyed a long relationship with Mario Lopez, who we know to be a caring person, the opinions he expressed in this interview do not reflect those of Extra. We wholeheartedly embrace our friends from the LGBTQ community and believe they need support and love.”

Earlier this week Owens described raising transgender children as a “weird trend” and “scary,” Lopez agreed by calling it “dangerous” and “alarming.”

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During the discussion, Owens mentions her days as a former nanny when she took care of young children. She believes that children at such a young age do not possess the “mental authority” to choose or express a gender identity different than the one they were assigned when born. Owens also compared children choosing a transgender identity to children pretending to be a superhero or a mermaid.

“I’m kind of blown away, too,” Lopez said in response. “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, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination.”

Lopez would continue by saying that kids can be kids but parents need to become an authority when it comes to discussions of identity expression.

“I think parents need to allow their kids to be kids but at the same time, you gotta be the adult in the situation,” Lopez said. “Pause with that and—I think the formative years is when you start having those discussions and really start making these ‘declarations.’

There have been mixed opinions on social media about Lopez’s comments. 

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Many on social media have pointed out that Lopez and Owens did not seem well-informed on transgender issues during the 40-minute interview. The LGBTQ organization PFLAG even offered to provide Lopez with “more education on what being #transgender means.”

GLAAD, a non-profit media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people, also weighed in on Lopez’s comments and the repercussions they have. The organization says that experts have long previously discredited Lopez’s claims. 

“Medical and psychological experts and parents of children who are transgender have long discredited the ideas that @MarioLopezExtra shared. The real dangerous action is when someone with a public platform uses bad science to speak against a vulnerable group of children.”

Queer Eyes’ Karamo Brown has also put his two cents in on the controversy. 

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The interview has also gotten the attention of Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown who responded on Twitter on Tuesday. He says he was let down to hear Lopez’s remarks but hopes this can lead to a broader discussion on the topic. 

Brown sent out a follow-up tweet noting that he doesn’t think Lopez’s comments should be a career-ender but instead a learning moment.

 “I don’t think @MarioLopezExtra should be ‘canceled.’ But I do believe he should be given the opportunity to learn why his comments are harmful to trans youth and their parents,” Brown wrote. “Mario, I’m ready to talk when you are.”

Lopez has now since walked back on the comments. We can only hope this backlash leads to a greater overall discussion on this issue. 

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Lopez, a father of three, has been a known conservative but has also has been an ally of the LGBTQ community past years. The TV-host was a presenter at the 2011 and 2012 GLAAD Media Awards and was the grand marshal of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade in 2015.

“The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” Lopez told PEOPLE. “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 is also in hot water for claiming that the Believe All Women movement is dangerous for men who reject women.

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Lopez stated to Owens that some times people lie and those people are women. He added: “God forbid you have a son out there and a girl may have felt a certain way about a situation — dismissed, hurt, whatever — and is feeling vengeful and just decides to tell a certain story that’s not even exactly true, come back and hurt that individual.”

Lopez was accused of date rape in 1993 but charges were never pursued.

READ: The Second Ever Miss Trans Belleza Mexico Happened This Weekend Offering The Trans Community More Visibility

Latino Father And Daughter Both Born On February 29, Break Record On Day Of Her Birth

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Latino Father And Daughter Both Born On February 29, Break Record On Day Of Her Birth

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For one dad and daughter duo, it really is like father, like daughter.

Being a Leaper, someone born on February 29, is already a rarity as is. Because February 29 occurs on the calendar only every four years, odds of being born on a leap day are just 1 in 1,461. So what’s more rare and exciting than having a birthday that lands on a Leap Year? Having two family members born on one. Enter Ivan Peñaloza, 32, and his newborn daughter Camila Peñaloza.

The father and daughter share the rare coincidence of being born on February 29th.

Camila Peñaloza was born at Mercy San Juan Medical Center the day of what is technically her father’s eighth birthday. While the likelihood of being born on February 29th is just 1 in 1,461, the chances of having a double birthday is a chance of only one in two million double birthday.

In a statement through the Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Ivan Peñaloza said that he counted the coincidence as a blessing.

“I prayed to God for my little baby girl and now we are going to share this amazing bond for the rest of our lives and I am just so happy,” he said in a statement through the hospital.

To celebrate her special birthday, the staff at the hospital gave Camila a leapfrog outfit and sang happy birthday to her and her father.

“Having a child is such a special experience already but it has been that much more magical,” Jennifer Rebollar Cortez, mother to Camila, also said in a statement.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to share in this special, life-changing moment with this family. Our heartfelt congratulations and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness with their new bundle of joy,” Michael Korpiel, the president of the Mercy San Juan Medical Center, said in a statement.

Brazilian Newborn Goes Viral For Stankface After Being Born Via C-Section

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Brazilian Newborn Goes Viral For Stankface After Being Born Via C-Section

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In an age where everyone is likely bound to experience their 15 minutes of fame thanks to TikTok, Isabela Pereira de Jesus has earned hers sooner than most. Born in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 13 of this year, the newborn quickly went viral on social media after a picture of her birth was shared online.

According to Insider, the newborn’s birth was captured by professional photographer Rodrigo Kunstmann.

In a post to Facebook, Kunstmann shared the image of her birth on Facebook writing “Today is my birth and I don’t even have clothes for this event.” Pereira de Jesus can be seen being delivered by cesarean section by doctors in the snapshot which features her mean pout.

The image quickly went viral on social media with over 1K comments and 3.5K reactions on Facebook as of Wednesday.

Users on Facebook were quick to laugh at the post calling out how adorable it is.

“Put. Me. Back,” one user joked of the image.

“You guys woke me up? For what? ❤️????❤️,” another commented.

Another user joked that the image was, “A forewarning of her teen years.”

In an interview with Today Parents, Kunstmann said the little girl’s parents found the image hilarious.

“They were like, ‘This could be an internet meme!’ Everybody thought it was funny.” According to Kuntsman, despite the picture, Isabella is a sweet little baby.

“She’s very sweet,” he told Today. “The picture was just a moment.”