For around a decade a cadre of celebrities has raised their children in woke fashion, referring to their sons as “daughters,” dressing their daughters in masculine clothing, and affirming their yet-to-go-through-puberty child as “trans.” This trend is not lost on singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, who introduced her 14-year-old daughter, Emme Maribel Muñiz, as “they/them,” the gender-neutral pronoun, at a charity event.
J-Lo was performing at the LA Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala in Los Angeles last week when she had Emme come on the stage and sing with her. La Lopez referred to Emme as “they” which was confusing as “they” is the third-person plural pronoun, whereas Emme is just one person:
“The last time we performed together was in a big stadium like this, and I ask them to sing with me all the time, and they won’t,” Lopez said. “So this is a very special occasion. They are very, very busy. Booked. And pricey.”
“They cost me when they come out. But they’re worth every single penny because they’re my favorite duet partner of all time. So if you will indulge me,” she added.
The crowd was left wondering who the mystery guest was until Emme walked out. Emme wore a hot pink blouse and shorts ensemble and a black LA Dodgers hat while performing a rendition of “A Thousand Years,” a song by Christina Perri, alongside her mother. J-Lo’s ex-husband, singer Marc Anthony, is Emme’s father and shares custody with his ex-wife.
At a recent show in LA, JLo introduced her daughter to fans using the pronouns "they" and "them" several times.
— Tina Griffin (@Ctr_CultureMom) June 21, 2022
While J-Lo used “they/them” to refer to her daughter publicly, it is unclear if Emme insisted on such, or if the megastar simply used the pronouns as a way to shield the audience from the identity of the surprise guest singer. It may have been simple political correctness and virtue signaling, something that has slowly crept into everyday life.
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If we go back to 2008 we see the first time a high-profile celebrity power couple publicly raised their daughter as a boy. Then-married Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie supported their young daughter’s “decision” to sport short haircuts, wear boys’ clothing, and be called by the name “John.”
Shiloh, Pitt and Jolie’s daughter, told her parents that she wanted to be called “John” and Pitt revealed this fact to Oprah Winfrey on her eponymous talk show. Pitt and Jolie indulged the two-year-old and bowed to her wishes.
Angelina Jolie told Vanity Fair magazine in 2010 that “[Shiloh] wants to be a boy, so we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
Not to be outdone, Actress Charlize Theron revealed that she had been raising her then-seven-year-old adopted son as a girl since he was the age of three, stating that her son looked at her one day and said “I am not a boy,” according to The Daily Mail.
“So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive,” she continued. “They were born who they are, and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.”