Fans Aren’t Buying Gina Rodriguez’s Apology for Singing the N-Word

The number one rule of being a celebrity? Don’t mess up publicly. In the world of social media, any celeb caught slipping or doing anything racially or culturally insensitive is quick to get canceled.

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is the latest celeb to find that out. Yesterday, Rodriguez posted a video singing along to a song in which she said the N-word.

She immediately apologized, but fans weren’t having it.

Gina Rodriguez
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Gina Rodriguez’s racist video

Oct. 15 probably started out just like any other day for Rodriguez. But by the time she went to bed, she found herself at the front end of a Twitter storm.

Yesterday, the star posted a video of herself getting ready on Instagram. While people fixed her hair and did her makeup, she began singing “Ready or Not” by the Fugees.

It wasn’t the song choice that annoyed fans so much as the line she chose to sing.

“Voo doo I could do what you do, believe me, n***as give me hee-bee-gee-bees,” she sang and then laughed.

Rodriguez’s apology

Rodriguez’s DMs must have been blowing up with irate fans because the star deleted the original video and posted an apology quickly.

“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 that I love, that I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill. And I really am sorry if I offended you.”

But fans weren’t buying the apology or the reasoning that growing up listening to a certain artist gives you the right to use a racial slur.

Fans aren’t buying Gina Rodriguez’s apology

Almost as soon as Rodriguez posted her apology, people began reacting to it on Twitter.

“‘I’m sorry IF I offended anyone,'” one user wrote, quoting the actress. “‘By singing along to the Fugees’. This is an example of someone being deliberately obtuse. Gina Rodriguez KNOWS she offended people, not for singing a song but for saying the N-word. If the apology is going to be insincere, just keep quiet.”

Many found it hard to understand Rodriguez’s reasoning.

“What kind of whack apology … Gina Rodriguez said don’t worry guys I have the pass because I grew up on Lauryn Hill,” another person wrote.

“Gina Rodriguez’s ‘apology’ isn’t even an apology!” another user said. “She doesn’t acknowledge any harm she’s caused. What do you mean ‘if’ you offended anyone? You obviously did so own up to it!! Your love for the song or artist doesn’t cancel your anti-blackness, Gina.”

Rodriguez’s second apology

After her first apology didn’t receive the intended response, Rodriguez posted a longer statement to her Instagram.

“The word I sang, carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine,” she wrote. “Whatever consequences I face for my actions today, none will be more hurtful than the personal remorse I feel.”

“Watching my own video played back at me, has shaken me to my core,” she continued. “I feel so deeply protective and responsible to the community of color but I have let this community down. I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I’ve caused.”