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Actress Gina Rodriguez sang the N-word on her Instagram story, and social media users heard it loud and clear.
This is not the first time the Jane the Virgin star has come under fire for undermining the Black community. In January, Rodriguez was blasted for her “fake” tears after being called anti-Black in an interview on Sway’s Universe. Users recalled that moment after she posted a video of herself singing a verse from Fugees’ song “Ready or Not.”
“Gina Rodriguez went from crying about being called anti-black to ‘yeah I don’t respect black people what about it,'” Twitter user @honeyhyejoo wrote, along with Rodriguez’s Instagram story.
gina rodriguez went from crying about being called anti black to “yeah i don’t respect black people what about it” pic.twitter.com/5WmgH6IYkd— kiki (@honeyhyejoo) October 15, 2019
In the story, Rodriguez sings, “I can do what you do, easy. Believe me, fronting [N-words] give me heebie-jeebies,” before laughing.
Rodriguez deleted the story and promptly posted a follow-up story to apologize.
“Hey what’s up everybody. 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 that I grew up on,” Rodriguez said. “I love Lauren Hill and I really am sorry if I offended you.”
Rodriguez came under scrutiny over the years for lifting up the Latinx community at the expense of the Afro-Latinx and Black communities. One controversial comment arose when she discussed unequal pay to Net-a-Porter.
“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,” she told Net-a-Porter.
This ignited the anti-Black allegations against Rodriguez. When asked about it in a Sway interview, she was brought to tears–or fake tears, as deemed by many.
“We didn’t have many Latino shows and the Black community made me feel like I was seen.” Rodriguez said during the interview in January. “So to get anti-Black is to say I’m anti-family.”
Here's Gina Rodriguez crying because she's been rightfully called anti-black pic.twitter.com/6YcX4AO7jT— one called me mayonnaise boy (@danielleisback_) January 23, 2019
Fast forward to Tuesday, people on Twitter are saying they do not need any further convincing on where Rodriguez stands with the Black community.
“Gina Rodriguez we finally got you bitch,” Twitter user @laylaskeating wrote, along with Kamala Harris as a cop memes.
gina rodriguez we finally got you bitch pic.twitter.com/f4QVDimqi6— m (@Iaylaskeating) October 15, 2019
just can’t get over how gina rodriguez has a whole video of her crying because people were accusing her of being anti black and now she’s come out and said the n word..what’s wrong with that girl😭😭pic.twitter.com/E1yVdXP4l3— milly (@ncbrina) October 15, 2019
you're gina rodriguez. you were just accused of anti-black racism earlier this year. you cried defending yourself.— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) October 15, 2019
do you pic.twitter.com/qtWvvytWcF
Twitter did not accept Rodriguez’s apology months ago, and it does not seem like it will be opening its arms anytime soon.
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.