“I Don’t Hate Jennifer Lopez” Rosie Perez Addresses The Supposed Feud

February 27, 2014  |  

A few weeks ago, we told you about the “beef” between Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez. Turns out we may have gotten the story a bit twisted. While it’s true that Perez and Lopez did get into it two decades ago, Rosie told Piers Morgan that today, there’s no bad blood between she and J Lo.

“I don’t hate Jennifer Lopez. I have great respect for her. When I first saw her, I knew she was going to be a star. Yes, we had a tiff and it was 20 years ago. It’s unfortunate that the tabloids try to portray it as something that is current. I’ve moved on, and I’m sure she has also. We’re grown women. And it’s really disgusting to me that the media tried to pit two Latinas against each other. It’s just so difficult, and so hard, to make it in this industry, especially if you’re a person of color. And for them to do that was really shameful.”

Ok Rosie we hear you. Old stuff. So by now I’m sure you’re wondering why did she even bring her up  then? It was all a part of the greater message, of her learning to deal with her anger issues.

“I don’t only talk about her. I talk about how I was rude to Jamie Foxx, how I was rude to Spike Lee, how I was rude to Don Cornelius. I hit the poor man in the head–in his forehead– with a chicken wing. And it was all because I didn’t know how to articulate my anger.”

By the time she was 8 years old, Rosie was sent to live at a group home and came into contact with some characters. She learned to develop a tough exterior to cope with her new surroundings and the people there. Unfortunately, took that attitude with her even after she’d left that environment.

“One of the counselors in the group home, this wonderful man, his name is Nigel Johnson. One day he told me when I was leaving the group home, he said, ‘Life dealt you a shitty hand.'” I went ‘Gee thanks for the encouragement. And good life to you too’ Then he says, ‘But you can always ask for new cards.’ And I said, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘You’re going to figure it out when you get tired of holding that hand.”

Valuable lesson for Rosie and for us. It is a shame that the media focused on an old argument rather than the healing Rosie had to find in her own life. Though we received this information about this alleged feud from another source, and didn’t have access to the book ourselves, we share in some of the responsibility in reporting that the tension between the two was still present.

The other lesson here is that mainstream media really doesn’t care about a Latina woman disrespecting a black man. The story about Rosie Perez “beefing” with Jennifer Lopez, who is heavily recognizable in mainstream media, is far more juicy.

Now that you understand what Rosie is really trying to articulate in her book and her various interactions with other celebrities, are you more likely to pick it up? Why do you think the media was so quick to paint this story as though it was a current issue?

You can watch this clip from her Piers Morgan interview in the video below.

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  • ComeLetsTalk

    I love what she’s saying here. Maturity takes going thru trials, accepting responsibility for your part, learning the lesson(s) and using that to grow. Sounds like she did just that.

  • Ajuanya Washington

    The mainstream media enjoys the sorrows and mistakes in peoples lives(which is sad), even when they do something good, they will go and dig up mistakes people made, when someone dies they talk about the negative that may have happend in that person’s life (Micheal, Whitney) and they do not care if they hurt your family and close friends that loved you dearly, because it’s all about them and what they have to say, that’s why the majority of people have no respect for the media, and all of them have earned the disrespect that we have for them!!!

  • enlightenment

    Only Rosie Perez would hit Don Cornelius with a chicken wing!

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    She had an angry problem with who? Black people? Everyone she named was black. She hit Don in the head with a chicken wing? Really tho??

    • Learn To Live

      Of course someone has to bring color into it for no good Damn reason, without thinking that maybe the people she named were the people in her life at the time without accounting for color. Not everYthing is a race thing. Get over yourself

  • hollyw

    Never knew Rosie had an angry problem… but then again, I am also not surprised lol..?

    Good for her, speaking out on her struggles. That’s crazy that she went from a group home to acting with Spije Lee. I don’t think I know any celebrities who talk about the anger or violence they carry from growing up in they hood…I def think it’s worth a discussion, esp. for those who cross cultural boundaries and struggle with that.
    I had to make some changes, too, when I was younger, b/c I had all the grades but THEE worst mouth. Detention every day, kicked off the squad for fighting… Rechanneling your energy and learning coping skills go a long way!

  • mainstreamisoverrated

    WE don’t care about they aren’t OUR problem!!!!