R&B artist Ne-Yo strongly criticized parents who permit their young children to make decisions about their gender, questioning the notion of allowing kids to make “life-changing decisions” during an interview.
Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, engaged in a conversation about parents who allow their minor children to undergo puberty blockers and hormone treatments, asserting that they have veered from their parental role.
Parents Have Forgotten Their Role
“Parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is,” Ne-Yo remarked, expressing his perplexity at the idea of young children making significant life choices.
If You Let a Child Only Eat Candy They Will
He illustrated his point by stating, “If you let this five-year-old boy decide to eat candy all day, he’s going to do that… Like when did it become a good idea to let a five-year-old, let a six-year-old, let a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themselves? When did that happen? Like, I don’t understand that. I don’t get that.”
If They Can’t Drive, They Shouldn’t Choose Gender
Ne-Yo further highlighted the inconsistency, mentioning that while a young child can’t legally drive a car yet, they are allowed to decide their gender.
Recent Surge of Gender Discussions
The conversation follows a surge in discussions about children’s right to choose their gender identity.
He Has a Traditional View
He conveyed that while he has no issues with the LGBTQ+ community, his upbringing adhered to a more traditional view of gender identity.
He Says He Has No Issues With LGBTQ
“I have no issue with the L-,B-,G-, I have no problem with none of y’all, with nobody,” he clarified.
‘Love Who You Love’
“Love who you love, do what you do. I just personally come from an era where a man was a man and a woman was a woman. And it wasn’t but two genders and that’s just how I rocked it.”
Addressing the Landscape of Gender
Ne-Yo also addressed the expanding landscape of gender identities, saying, “Now you could identify as goldfish if you feel like it, that isn’t my business… It becomes my business when you try to make me play the game with you.”
‘We Live in a Weird Time’
Concluding his thoughts, Ne-Yo underscored the unique times we live in, stating, “It’s just, we live in a weird time, man.”
An apology was released on X (previously Twitter), “I’d like to express my deepest apologies to anyone that I may have hurt with my comments on parenting and gender identity.”
Then Took It Back
Ne-Yo asserts that this apology was written and posted by his publisher and he does not apologize for holding these views. “I WILL NOT BE BULLIED INTO APOLOGIZING FOR HAVING AN OPINION. AGREEING TO DISAGREE IS NOT A DECLARATION OF WAR.”
He Stands By What He Said, Focusing on the Age Element
“This isn’t even a discussion until they are MENTALLY MATURE ENOUGH to have such a discussion. Period. Point blank. Whatever. Y’all do y’all, imma do me and we can agree to disagree and coexist PEACEFULLY.
LOVE IS THE ONLY TRUE POWER.”
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