Is Gina Rodriguez Racist? Controversial ‘Jane the Virgin’ Star Apologizes After Singing N-Word on Instagram

Gina Rodriguez is facing the heat on social media after saying the n-word on Instagram. The Jane the Virgin star shared a video on Instagram getting her hair and makeup done. While her face was being worked on, the actress was singing to the tune of “Ready or Not” by the Fugees.

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Following the outrage from social media users, Rodriguez deleted the post and subsequently published an apology.

“Hey, what’s up everybody — I just wanted to reach out and apologize,” she said. “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.”

Fans speak out

Social media users were upset that Rodriguez would sing the slur and laugh right after sharing it online. There was an uproar online and many comments condemned the Latin star.

“Yo Gina Rodriguez is just an emphatic no for me,” a Twitter user wrote. “Don’t ask me to watch anything she’s in, don’t ask me to patron or support anything she’s involved with.”

“Gina Rodriguez being racist again? Literally nothing about this is surprising,” another person tweeted.

“I’m upset that Gina Rodriguez thought it was okay to say the n-word openly on [Instagram] and then just apologize saying, ‘I’m sorry if I offended anyone.’ Gina, you should have known better,” another social media user said.

Although most of the outcry was against Rodriguez, there were some supporters that were on the other side of the debate.

“Honestly don’t understand why people are attacking Gina Rodriguez for singing a song that had the n-word in it. It’s a song, 2019 made y’all way too sensitive,” a fan tweeted.

“Watch Gina Rodriguez get more backlash than Lebron did for doing the same thing. The difference? Well, she’s a woman, so she’s bound to get more violence. And the James thing was (casual) anti-semitism, which nobody really cares about, let’s be honest here,” another Twitter user expressed.

Gina Rodriguez and her past controversial remarks

Singing the n-word was not the first time Rodriguez faced backlash. Back in 2017 when Black Panther was announced she tweeted the following: “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend…”

The remark sparked controversy as it took away the step forward the Hollywood industry was taking into African-American representation in film. In addition, back in 2018 Rodriguez also talked about the pay gap amongst racial backgrounds.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay, especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, 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 told Net-a-Porter.

The Miss Bala star later clarified her comments on Sway in the Morning.

“As somebody who came from poverty to now the amount of money I get paid, it doesn’t feel right that I’m the one talking about it, because I’m so damn grateful,” she explained. “What I was saying, was that when we talk about equal pay, we have to talk about intersectionality because we all must rise.”

Rodriguez continued explaining and tearing up at the same time saying, “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 ‘I’m anti-black’ is saying that I’m anti-family. My father is dark-skinned, he’s Afro-Latino. It’s in my blood. So that was really devastating to me.”

Rodriguez continues to trend on Twitter over her comments. Her apology might have angered more users who debate if what she did was right or wrong.