- “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez swiftly came under fire after she uploaded an Instagram story of herself singing along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees, including a lyric that contained the n-word.
- The Instagram story remained on her account for about three hours, and was then removed after the actress started trending on social media, with many people expressing outrage.
- Rodriguez then uploaded a video of herself apologizing, saying “I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees, to a song that I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill.”
- Rodriguez, who is Latina, has been criticized for anti-black remarks in the past, specifically saying that black women make more money than Latinx women.
- She defended herself by saying that she considered the black community to be her own, since she says her father is Afro-Latino. “If anything, the black community is my community,” Rodriguez said in January.
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Latina actress Gina Rodriguez has come under fire again for “anti-black” comments — this time, because she uploaded a video to her Instagram story of herself saying the n-word.
Rodriguez, best known for her starring role in “Jane the Virgin,” posted a video of herself getting her makeup done and singing the lyrics of the song “Ready or Not,” performed originally by Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean.
The lyrics she sang are “I can do what you do, easy; Believe me, fronting n—– gives me heebie-jeebies.”
The Instagram story stayed up for about three hours, in which time it was uploaded across social media and received swift condemnation and backlash from users, becoming a No. 1 trending hashtag on Twitter.
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Rodriguez then uploaded a video of herself apologizing. “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,” she said.
—Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) October 15, 2019
On Twitter, users mostly responded by mocking her, given her previous statements and sentiment toward the actresses’ previous statements on race.
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This isn’t the first time Rodriguez has made comments perceived as racially insensitive.
During a Net-a-Porter hosted round-table discussion last year with actresses Emma Roberts, Ellen Pompeo, and Gabrielle Union, Rodriguez made controversial comments about equal pay.
“Where white women get paid more than black women, and black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into,” Rodriguez said, prompting criticism that her statement wasn’t true, and rooted in anti-black sentiment, specifically.
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Rodriguez has also been criticized for her apology, in which she claimed African heritage and said she considered herself part of the black community in many ways.
“If anything, the black community is my community. When I speak about Latino advocacy, people think I’m only talking about people who are my skin color, but little do they know that I’m very aware of what my culture is,” Rodriguez said in January, noting that her father identifies as Afro-Latino.
Representatives for Rodriguez didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.