Gina Rodriguez says her show “Jane the Virgin” joined others in changing the way Hispanic families were seen on TV in the U.S. The series finale is expected this summer. (May 17)
Gina Rodriguez has come under fire after a controversial karaoke session.
The “Jane the Virgin” star posted a video of herself getting her hair and makeup done to her Instagram story Tuesday. In the now-deleted video, Rodriguez says the N-word while rapping along to the song “Ready or Not” by the hip-hop group the Fugees.
Her post prompted backlash on Twitter, with many criticizing the 35-year-old for her casual use of the slur.
Rodriguez returned to her Instagram story to apologize in the hours after the original post.
“Hey, what’s up everybody. I just wanted to reach out and apologize” she said. “I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song I love, that I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill, and I really am sorry if I offended you.”
By the time Rodriguez had posted her apology, however, many had already taken to Twitter to slam the actress.
“gina rodriguez when her pr team calls her to tell her she posted the story on her main and not her finsta,” one user wrote, along with a clip of the actress sobbing in her role as Jane Villanueva.
“GINA RODRIGUEZ SAID THE N WORD ON HER INSTAGRAM LIVE WE GETTING HER OUT OF HERE,” wrote another.
“gina rodriguez is about to pull this again after she sees we all called her anti black for saying the n word,” another user wrote.
“Can cancel culture come through for once and get Gina Rodriguez outta here,” wrote another.
Can cancel culture come through for once and get Gina Rodriguez outta here
— If Beale Street Could Twerk (@camerouninema) October 15, 2019
USA TODAY has reached out to Rodriguez’s rep for comment.
Rodriguez previously stirred backlash for comments she made about pay disparity during a 2018 Porter roundtable. Rodriguez said Latina women make less money than African American women and Asian American women.
When asked about these remarks in an interview on “Sway’s Universe,” Rodriguez fought back tears as she clarified her words.
“What I was saying was that when we talk about equal pay, we have to talk about intersectionality, because we all must rise,” she said. “The backlash was devastating to say the least because … the black community was the only community I looked towards. Growing up, we didn’t have many Latino shows, and the black community made me feel like I was seen.
“So to get ‘anti-black’ is saying that I’m anti-family. My father is dark-skinned, he’s Afro-Latino, and my cousins are, and Puerto Ricans are African, Taíno and Spaniard, and it’s in my blood. So that was really devastating to me.”
She added: “I know my heart. I know what I meant, and I really wish that we weren’t living in a culture where we’re clickbait, because I have never said anything controversial about anybody and far would I ever, because, if anything, the black community is my community.”
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