Jane The Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez posted a video of herself singing lyrics to a song featuring the n-word on her Instagram story. The video shows Rodriguez singing along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees as she has her hair and makeup done. The lyrics were, “Voodoo / I could do what you do, believe me, Niggas give me heebie-jeebies.” The story remained on her Instagram for 3 hours before being taken down.
— .Mrs.Lyons (@_youreWelcome__) October 15, 2019
Shortly after, she apologized for her actions and even tried to justify it. She posted another video on her Instagram story saying, “I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love, I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill, and I really am sorry if I offended you.”
She really out here giving out the shittest most half assed apology ever. You beyond fucked up Gina first with your aLl WOmEn shit and this shit takes the cake. Sorry to the black community for this we Latinx people do not claim this bitch at all. #ginarodriguez pic.twitter.com/YTKEmu6OJE
— Eileen (@Eileen_Crz) October 15, 2019
After being accused of being ingenuine in her initial response, Rodriguez also issued a second apology and posted it to her main feed, also on her Instagram:
Rodriguez has disabled the commenting feature for this post, so her followers cannot leave their thoughts in the comment section.
This is not the first time that Rodriguez has been accused of being “anti-black.” Last year, in an interview alongside co-star Yara Shahidi for the film Smallfoot, fans were not pleased with Rodriguez’s response to one of the statements made by the interviewer, Xilla Valentine.
“You are just goals for so many young black women,” Valentine said to Shahidi. Rodriguez then cut in, intending to correct the interviewer, and said, “For so many women. Women.”
Valentine responded, “Yeah, for women too, but for black women, we need people on a whole other level.”
Many people criticized her for making that correction. They felt like Shahidi represents a group of people that is constantly overlooked in Hollywood. They believe what Rodriguez did was the equivalence of saying “All Lives Matter” in response to when someone says “Black Lives Matter.”
It’s hard to say how Rodriguez will come back from this incident especially after experiencing so much backlash for racial matters already in the past.