Marlon Wayans shared a powerful message about love and acceptance while discussing his transgender son, and we hope parents everywhere will listen.
Wayans was on The Breakfast Club radio show to promote his new comedy special, which he said he plans to call Skittles or Rainbow Child. During the interview, the actor opened up about his son's transition, as well as his own transition "from ignorance... to unconditional love."
“I talk about the transition [in the special]."
“Not her… his… their transition, but my transition as a parent, going from ignorance and denial to complete unconditional love and acceptance.”
Wayans also knows that other families are experiencing the same and could benefit from listening to his special.
“And I think there’s a lot of parents out there that need to have that message, and I know I’m dealing with it."
"It was a very painful situation for me but, man, it’s one of the best funniest hours I probably could ever imagine.”
Most importantly, though, Wayans wants his kids to feel "free."
“I gotta respect their wishes, right?"
"And as a parent I just want my kids to be free—I want them to be free in spirit, free in thought, free to be themselves.”
“The more you know yourself, the more you can govern yourself, the more you live your truth, the happier your existence."
"So if they can’t get that in a household with their father and their mother, how the f**k do I send them out into the world with that kind of confidence?"
"And I’m just so proud of them for being them—but that don’t mean that I ain’t got jokes.”
You can watch below.
WARNING: NSFW language
Viewers applauded Wayans for demonstrating love and acceptance and for sharing his message with others.
Wayans admitted he's still a work in progress and doesn't always get it right, but his efforts are certainly acknowledged.
“They know I love them."
"They see me try and they’re like, I’m happy.”
Thank you for sharing such a powerful message, Marlon. ❤️