Even after years of covering celebrities being fucking idiot and problematic assholes, I’m still surprised sometimes by their behavior. Case in moment: Gina Rodriguez. Over the last 24 hours, Gina’s Instagram has been like a slow-motion car crash of SMH. Sadly, having four million partisans on Instagram and multiple hit Tv proves doesn’t mean you know how to act.
It all started on Tuesday afternoon, when Gina Rodriguez uploaded a video of her getting her whisker and makeup done to her Instagram story. Probably a pretty normal day for her. In the video, she’s singing along to the song” Ready or Not” by The Fugees, which was all well and good until Gina, clear as date, looks into the camera and says the N-word along with the song. Then, she turns and shrieks at someone who’s out of the frame, and the video dissolves. Gina , no !!!
i’m somehow not stunned at all pic.twitter.com/ shCb3i 0R2Z
— cin (@ thorrbruce) October 15, 2019
I don’t think I really need to spell out why non-black people shouldn’t be using that text, and Gina Rodriguez should certainly know better. It’s 2019 — this really isn’t new information. Gina shouldn’t even be saying the N-word when no one is watching, but to post something like this on her highly public Instagram story is astounding. Just sing along to a different part of the song! What saw you aiming to achieve here ??
Naturally, Gina realized her misstep after a couple hours, and deleted the original floor. She changed it with a hastily filmed “apology” video, in which she passes the classic copout of” I’m sorry if I piqued anyone ,” by” singing along to the Fugees, to a song I cherish that I grew up on, I affection Lauryn Hill .” Here’s the video so you can cringe for yourself 😛 TAGEND
all this tells me is gina rodriguez has been saying nigga her whole life pic.twitter.com/ rjYISGOYj1
— tom holland’s bf (@ yoongimetal) October 15, 2019
As the tweet points out, it sounds like Gina is basically saying she doesn’t see the questions, because she’s just singing along to a song she adoration. Girl, what? How is this what anyone concludes? I haven’t spoken to Lauryn Hill personally, but saying you affection her doesn’t give you a free pass to act like an ass. I’m not sure what planet Gina is living on, but that’s not how racial insinuations work.
In this first apology, Gina Rodriguez genuinely indicates zero actual repentance for doing something spiteful. Instead, she just seems humiliated that she posted the video on her public note, because now she gazes bad.
gina rodriguez when her pr team calls her to tell her she posted the story on her central and not her finsta pic.twitter.com/ IP47jUcQIs
— cin (@ thorrbruce) October 15, 2019
But after her PR team told her about the initial mistake of posting the video, they must have followed up to say that the internet was exhaustively unimpressed with her justification video. Like clockwork, she popped back up last-place nighttime with a post on her feed, in the classic format of…wait for it…a Memoes App apology! God, this really is the sh* t I live their lives. Buckle up, because this thing is a real journey.View this berth on Instagram
Gina starts out on a not-great note by saying ” In psalm or in real world, the words that I spoke, should not have been spoken .” I’ll sacrifice her a pass on using commas incorrectly, but the first part of that convict is ROUGH. Girl, this whole thing is real life !! That’s part of the issue here–singing along to a song isn’t any different from applying the word in a convict, and white and non-black people don’t do themselves any favors by being like” Oops! I’m just such a big rap fan !” That’s not a good self-justification, and it never has been. I don’t care if Gina grew up listening to Lauryn Hill or just found out about her yesterday–either way, she should not be saying the N-word.
She then says that she “thoughtlessly” sang along to the song, and adds that watching the video back” has shaken me to my core .” Girllllll. However thoughtless Gina was being when she sang the song, she still POSTED IT. She wasn’t like, is in possession of a racist demon, she was singing along to a f* cking song while staring directly at the camera. And I’m pretty sure the one thing shaking her to her core is the potential copes she’s going to lose because of this backlash. You don’t merely casually use a racial insult and then three hours later, get viscerally upset at the was just thinking about yourself use that insult. That’s not how anything makes, lol.
But perhaps the worst part of this whole apology is when Gina says” I feel so deeply protective and responsible to the community of color but I have made this community down .” Gina really, actually doesn’t want to use the word “black,” and it spoils any risk of a sincere confession here. By referring to the” parish of shade” at large, Gina goons herself in with the people she’s offended, setting herself up to look like the likable lost soul who only wants to do right by her beings. Sorry Gina, but I’m pretty sure the” community of complexion” doesn’t want to deal with your sh* t right now.
Funny enough, this latest Instagram fiasco isn’t Gina Rodriguez’s firstly brush with accusations of being racist. Last-place year, beings called her out for being anti-black after she made false claims about Latinx dames being paid more than black females. In a Net-a-Porter panel, she said ” black girls get paid more than Asian maidens, Asian maidens get paid more than Latina maidens, and it’s, like, a very scary space to step into .” This isn’t true in the general workplace, but it’s specially inaccurate in Hollywood, where Sofia Vergara has been the highest-paid woman on Tv for nearly a decade.
Uh, yikes. She clarified her place in a radio show appearance, saying ” To get[ announced] anti-black is saying that I’m anti-family. My father is dark-skinned, he’s Afro-Latino. If anything, the black parish is my community. As Latinos, we have black Latinos. That is what we are. I am not, so I think that when I speak about Latino advocacy parties guess I only aim beings of my skin color .”
Okay, that is complete and deliver text salad. She claims her father is Afro-Latino, but then says that she’s not black? What telling the truth ?? Also, I don’t detect any clue of an justification in this statement, and a big ol’ “sorry” is always a good neighbourhood to start. Clearly, rationalizing isn’t Gina’s strong suit.
And now, a second, much older video of Gina Rodriguez saying the N-word has surfaced on Twitter. This looks like it was probably from some kind of low-budget movie or something, but it’s still not a good look for Gina right now.
PROOF THAT GINA SAID THE N-WORD BEFORE I CANT BREATHE pic.twitter.com/ auofd1i 50 M
— ri (@ spideyschelIe) October 16, 2019
Of course, beings are now saying all over the internet that Gina Rodriguez is canceled, and that her profession will never recover, but we know that this kind of thing doesn’t always put. But Gina might be running out of time to turn things around. In commenting on Gina’s behavior, Ronn Torossian, crisis expert and CEO of 5WPR, said,” Gina Rodriguez saw so many incorrect turns here that they are difficult to count .” Lol, that’s the damn truth. Torossian was of the view that after these sh* tty justifications, Gina” would do well to is not simply speedily question a more sincere confession, but also to take steps to make amends with the communities she hurt with her texts .”
So basically, Gina Rodriguez has f* cked up in a huge way, and she has a lot of work to do to dig herself out of this loophole. I hope she learns her lesson, but I’m not posses my breather for her to actually stop being problematic. Racist attires die hard.
Images: Shutterstock; thorrbruce( 2 ), yoongimetal, spideyschelle/ Twitter; hereisgina/ Instagram