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Gina Rodriguez attends the Disney+ press line at the 2019 D23 Expo, in Anaheim, Calif | Photo Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Actress Gina Rodriguez Faces Backlash Over Rapping the N-word

“Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez is facing backlash over rapping the n-word in an Instagram Stories video — and then apologizing, but perhaps not sincerely, critics say.

It all started on Tuesday afternoon, when Rodriguez rapped along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees while getting her makeup done. It is the only verse in the song that has the n-word. Rodriguez became a trending topic on Twitter almost immediately after the video went live.

In a video that was posted after the one of her rapping was deleted, Rodriguez apologized.

“I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love that I grew up on,” Rodriguez said. “I love Lauryn Hill. And I am really sorry if I offended you.”

But her critics questioned how genuine she was being in her apology.

In a lengthy subsequent statement shared on her Instagram, Rodríguez wrote, “I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.”

 

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But this is not the first time that Rodriguez has faced heat for her public remarks. When Marvel was promoting the movie “Black Panther” in 2017, Rodriguez tweeted, “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend …”

In 2018, Rodriguez incorrectly stated in a roundtable interview that “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.”

When that interview took place, Sofia Vergara, the Colombian star of “Modern Family,” was one of the highest-paid actresses for seven consecutive years. In the workforce overall, there are even smaller wage gaps between white and Asian women, according to the Business Insider.

4 Comments

  1. loretta sloan

    Gina
    I’m waiting for you to use a derogatory word that demean your cultural background in a song. Still waiting. Plus use insulting terms about every nationality race creed or color in a song. If cannot bring Gina to do it then using the N—- Word was intentional because you knew the repercussions will not make a difference. That’s right you know the truth Black America does not signature your pay check. INTENTIONALLY USE OF THE N——

  2. Offensive? It’s damned offensive to hear Blacks use the word and hear them CLAIM it’s a term of endearment!!!

    We don’t want someone to use it? Maybe we should stop also!!

  3. loretta sloan

    GINA
    I enjoy not hearing The N word in songs. As an educator in California many students of Mexican or Hispanic heritage uses the N word as a disrespect to African Americans. Even though including yourself may have a grandma in the closet. I don’t use it nor do I use offensive demeaning cultural words to discredit other ethnicities. Maybe you were feeling yourself. What if not one African American didn’t watch your beginning role that lead you to be marketable NOW. HERE IS THE TRUTH we watched you. Now do us a heart felt favor and sing Ready or not again while getting your face prepped included one of the disrespectful cultural terms used to demean your race of people include it in the lyrics you sang. Then compare the lash back you will receive from your proud of your accomplishments culture Maybe your family friends and professional folks will not change their truth of Blacks in America but we not I will leave our skin we are in to perpetrate a fraud.

  4. I’m not advocating use of the N-word by anyone who isn’t from that community, but where is the backlash over Fat Joe or anyone else from the Latin/Hispanic community in rap that uses the word in their music? It seems a bit disingenuous or unfair for one person from that background to be called out for repeating the word from a song while others have written it into their songs repeatedly for years.

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