Gina “The Black Community Is My Community” Rodriguez Dropped The N-Word On IG And…Well
Just when conversations around Afrolatinidad and women of color feeling they have a license to pick and choose how and where they wear their Blackness was dying down after Evelyn Lozada’s “Basketball Wives” controvesy last week, Gina Rodriguez has stepped on the scene and effed it up even more for everybody.
The “Jane the Virgin” star has a long history of misspeaking or simply being misinformed, depending on your perspective, when it comes to the nuances of racial inequality among minorities. And, unfortunately, even when the Puerto Rican actress tries to explain herself, it never really helps the situation. When we last heard from Gina on the subject of Blackness she relayed her hurt over being labeled “anti-Black” during remarks about wages among actresses of color. Through tears, she explained:
“What I was saying was that when we talk about equal pay we have to talk about intersectionality because we all must rise. And so, the backlash was devastating to say the least [cries]…because the Black community was the only community I looked towards growing up. We didn’t have many Latino shows and the Black community made me feel like I was seen. So to get “anti-Black” is saying that I’m anti-family. My father is dark-skinned, he’s Afro-Latino. And my cousins are Puerto Rican, African, Taino and Spaniard. It’s in my blood. So that was really devastating to me. And I know my heart. I know what I meant. I really wish we weren’t living in a culture where we’re clickbait, because I’ve never said anything controversial about anybody. And far would I ever — ’cause if anything, the Black community is my community. As Latinos, we have Black Latinos. I am not, so I think when I speak about Latino advocacy, people believe I mean only people my skin color and little do they know I’m very aware of what my culture is and the opportunities I create and who I put in those spaces are both the Latino and Black community.”
People did little more than bat an eyelash at Gina’s declaration that the Black community is her community. Though, interestingly, despite saying she isn’t a Black latino, sis still felt Black enough to drop the n-word in song today. In an IG video of her getting glammed up, Gina raps the lyrics to Fugees’ classic “Ready or Not.” And she didn’t miss a bit when it came to the line: “I can do what you do, easy. Believe me, fronting n-ggas give me heebie-jeebies.”
It took Black Twitter all of about seven seconds to remind Gina she actually can’t do what we do easy, considering she renounced her Blackness on many occasion and, thus, all access to the n-word.
In true Gina fashion, the 35-year-old made a tone-deaf apology, acting as though people were offended about her song of choice rather than her word of choice. She said in another IG story, “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. I love Lauryn Hill and I really am sorry if I offended you.”
At this point I think we all just want Gina to stop having to be sorry.