Gina Rodriguez has done it again. The actress has shown her true colors once more, but it looks like she’s perhaps finally realized she has a lot of learning to do. It might be a little too late since many have been calling her out for her problematic and hurtful comments made toward and about the Black community. On Tuesday morning, the Jane the Virgin actress became a trending topic on Twitter after folks pointed out an Instagram Story video where she sings the N-word.
The video, which she posted on Instagram but later deleted, showed her singing along to a Fugees song, “Ready or Not.” She sang along to the song, had no qualms about the lyrics, and kept going, “Fronting [n-word] give me hee-bee-gee-bees.” Rodriguez can be seen looking to another person and laughing after saying the derogatory and racist term.
Here is the video in question:
After she was called out on social media, Rodriguez seemingly realized the error of her ways and posted another two-part Instagram Story video in which she could be seen delivering a half-hearted apology.
“Hey, what’s up everybody. I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry,” she said. “I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song I love, that I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill. And I really am sorry if I offended you.”
Her apology video received even more backlash than the first video because of her careless language. Her use of the phrase, “If I offended anyone” more or less implied that because she loves Lauryn Hill she didn’t mean any harm by it or because she grew up listening to the song then it gives her some kind of pass? Wrong on both fronts, Gina.
Later in the evening, Rodriguez issued another (half-hearted) apology, this time written, on Instagram.
“The word I sang carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine,” Rodriguez wrote. “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 have caused.”
But again, Rodriguez seemingly couldn’t address the Black community as “the community of color” that she hurt, offended, and disrespected. Instead, she chose to save face instead of simply and wholeheartedly admitting to her mistake.
This also isn’t the first time Rodriguez has expressed anti-black views. The Jane the Virgin star got emotional earlier this year when she spoke about people’s perception that she’s anti-black.
“So, saying I am anti-black is saying I am anti-family,” Rodriguez said on a radio show in January. She explained that her father is black, Afro-Latino, as are her cousins, and Puerto Ricans. “It’s in my blood. I know my heart. I know what I meant.”
After this, however, we don’t know what to think of her apologies anymore. Take a look at the past times Rodrguez has shown to be anti-black.