Gina Rodriguez Controversy: Gina Rodriguez Apologizes After Getting Slammed for Singing the N-Word on Instagram
After using the n-word in an Instagram Story video, Gina Rodriguez has made an apology.
Actress and Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez recently shared a video of herself doing makeup while singing along to The Fugees’ “Ready or Not.”
On Tuesday, Rodriguez wrote on her Instagram Story, “Hey, what’s up folks — I just wanted to reach out and apologize.” Pardon me. I apologize if I upset anyone with my enthusiastic rendition of a Fugees song, which I adore and which was a staple of my formative years. If I’ve insulted you in any way, please know that I adore Lauryn Hill.
Rodriguez delivered the second statement of regret later that evening, expanding on her original one and saying, “In song or in real life, the things that I expressed should not have been spoken.”
I thoughtlessly sang along to the lyrics of a favorite song, and even worse, I shared it,” Gina Rodriguez added in his Instagram comment. There is so much agony and suffering associated with that term that it is difficult for me to fathom. No matter the outcomes of today’s events, nothing will sting as much as the regret I feel inside.
To Rodriguez responded, “I have some significant learning and growing to do and I am so profoundly sorry for the harm I have caused.”
Some viewers of the original clip noticed that in the middle of Rodriguez’s singing, she skipped a line and then immediately resumed singing with the n-word. In the video, the actress sang, “Voodoo/I can do what you do, easy, believe me,” skipping the term “fronting” before continuing with “N* give me heebie-jeebies.”
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Twitter users quickly began calling Rodriguez out for his usage of the word when the video was shared again. One commenter stated, “What kills me is gina skipped a full syllable in the song cuz that’s how happy she was to say the n-word DKAJDKCJSLDKS.”
The singer used the n-word “with her whole chest like WE black folks ain’t going to call her out,” as one Twitter user put it. “Waiting for that phony explanation accompanied by phony sobs, Luv.”
Another person noted that this isn’t the first time Rodriguez has been accused of racism. When Marvel revealed Black Panther in 2017, she drew criticism for questioning the lack of Latinx characters in the company’s films. The following year, she was criticized for cutting off her co-star on Smallfoot, Yara Shahidi, who was asking her a question about her role as a role model to black women.
A year ago, at a roundtable discussion, Rodriguez said that Latina women were paid less than black women, which is true of the broader workforce but not of Hollywood; she apologized deeply for her remarks on Sway in the Morning early this year.
Growing up, the African-American community was the only one I had to look up to. She stated through tears, “The black community made me feel like I was seen when there weren’t many Latino shows.
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“So if you call me anti-black, you’re really calling me anti-family. She continued, “My father is of dark coloring, he is Afro-Latino. As far as I’m concerned, the black community is my own. As Latinx people, we also include black Latinx people. Exactly that describes us. When I talk about Latino activism, I don’t think people realize I don’t only mean people of my own race.
Until you know my heart, there’s no way that we can live off clickbait, you guys,” Rodriguez stated at the time. “If I have harmed you, I am sorry and I will always be sorry.” To the hurt person: “You are allowed to feel pain and I empathize with your pain, and I’m sorry if I caused your pain because the last thing I want to do is hurt you. Please forgive me if I gave you the impression that we need to fight each other; that is not my intention at all.
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