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Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo questions why parents allow children to determine their gender: 'You could identify as goldfish'
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Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo questions why parents allow children to determine their gender: 'You could identify as goldfish'

Grammy-winning R&B singer Ne-Yo has questioned why parents allow their young children to determine what gender they are. The singer also railed against parents permitting children to make life-altering changes to their body because they feel they are transgender at a young age.

Ne-Yo started off by clarifying that he has no issue with anyone in the LGBTQ community.

"I have no issue with the L-,B-,G-, I have no problem with none of y’all, with nobody," Ne-Yo began. "Love who you love. Do what you do."

The singer then added, "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."

Ne-Yo then delved into preferred pronouns and people identifying as whatever they feel they are.

"Now, you could identify as goldfish if you feel like it, that ain’t my business," he said. "It becomes my business when you try to make me play the game with you. I’m not going to call you a goldfish, but you want to be a goldfish, you go be a goldfish. It’s just, we live in a weird time man.”

“I feel like the parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is,” he continued. “If your little boy comes up to you and says, ‘Daddy I wanna be a girl,’ and you just let him rock with that?"

"If you let this 5-year-old little boy eat candy all day, he’s gonna do that," he said. "Like, when did it become a good idea to let a 5-year-old, a 6-year-old, a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themselves? When did that happen?"

Ne-Yo asked, “He can’t drive a car yet, but he can decide his sex?”

Velez replied, "And he can cut off his pee pee."

The "Closer" singer continued, "I heard somebody say one time, if your son comes to you and says, 'Daddy, I want to be a girl,' ask your son, 'Son, what is a girl?' What is he gonna do?"

Ne-Yo noted that a boy can like the color pink and play with dolls, but they are still a biological boy.

Ne-Yo noted that California's proposed law A.B. 957 would make a child's gender choice part of their welfare, and a parent could lose custody of their children if they did not affirm the child's preferred gender.

Velez stated that "a lot of people want self-pity."

Ne-Yo responded, "That was one thing that was not allowed in the house I grew up in."

He said to "give those emotions the moment that they deserve," but then to "keep moving."

The Grammy-winning singer advised, "It's not about the fall, you can fall a million times, you get up a million-and-one times."

He asked, "I don't when the world became so sensitive?"

He also poked fun of "trigger warnings."

"Comedians can't tell jokes anymore. Everybody is offended. It's a joke, you're not supposed to take it so serious," Ne-Yo declared. "His literal job is to joke."

Ne-Yo has won three Grammy Awards and sold millions of albums. Ne-Yo has written songs for other big-name music artists – including Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, and Enrique Iglesias.

Ne-Yo, who's real name is Shaffer Smith, has seven children with three different women.

Last month, Ne-Yo shared photos of his children in an Instagram post with the caption:

I'm a FATHER before I’m anything else. Not money, not fame, not even the love of the craft. I do this for THEM. THEY are my reason. I’m nowhere near perfect and that’s ok. My kids love me. And I’d die, kill, steal, whatever to make sure they never need for anything. The best thing I’ve ever done. I LOVE MY TRIBE! I LOVE MY SQUAD! AND I WILL FOR ALL OF THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT…AND THE NEXT!

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