Gina Rodriguez apologises for saying N-word in controversial Instagram video

Jane The Virgin star posts video of herself rapping along to a Fugees song 

Lucy Anna Gray
Wednesday 16 October 2019 12:50
Gina Rodriguez apologises for using the n-word

Actor Gina Rodriguez has apologised for posting a video of herself using the N-word on social media.

The star of Netflix show Jane The Virgin filmed herself singing along to a Lauryn Hill rap from “Ready Or Not” by the Fugees.

“Voodoo I could do what you do, easy, believe me, fronting n****** give me hee-bee-gee-bees”, she rapped as she sat having her hair and make up done, before posting the clip to Instagram.

After receiving widespread criticism, the 35-year-old actor swiftly deleted the clip and later apologised in another video.

“Hey, what’s up everybody. I just wanted to reach out and apologise,” she filmed herself saying. “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.”

The apology did little to diminish outrage on social media.

Twitter users were quick to point to a previous controversy of Rodriguez’s where she faced criticism for her comments about the film Black Panther.

At the height of its popularity, she tweeted: “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend...”

At the time she was accused of being “anti-black” for her comments, which she said was “devastating”.

At a 2018 panel she also suggested black women were paid more than Latina women, despite Modern Family star Sofia Vergara -- who is from Colombia -- being the highest paid female TV actor in the world that year.

Access unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

She said: “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.”

Additional reporting by AP

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in