Gina Rodriguez recorded herself saying the n-word while getting her makeup done.
The former “Jane the Virgin” star, 35, was sitting in the makeup chair reciting the Fugees’ song, “Ready or Not,” when she said the racial slur.
“Voodoo; I can do what you do, easy / Believe me, fronting n—-s give me heebie-jeebies,” she says, before ending the video with a laugh.
The clip, which was reshared on Twitter, immediately garnered backlash.
“The fact that she thought this was fine and posted it is LAUGHABLE,” wrote one user.
“the laugh is at the end is is [sic] ugly,” wrote another.
People also called for her upcoming projects to be canceled, writing, “She’s working on a Disney+ show, we need to get that canceled before it gets started.”
“Also Carmen San Diego, which I was going to watch season 2 of. Nope,” added another.
Rodriguez later took to Instagram again to semi-apologize for the gaffe.
“I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love that I grew up on,” she said. “I love Lauryn Hill.”
This isn’t the first time Rodriguez has garnered backlash for her comments. During a roundtable with Net-a-Porter, Rodriguez caused a firestorm when she said black women were paid more than Latinx. The comment was perceived as “anti-black,” and a teary-eyed Rodriguez appeared on the radio show “Sway in the Morning” to clear the air.
“The backlash was devastating to say the least,” she said as she started to cry. “The black community was the only community I looked to growing up. We didn’t have that many Latino shows, so the black community made me feel like I was seen, so to get anti-black is saying that I’m anti-family.”
She then claimed her father is Afro-Latino, which made the black community her community.
“If anything, the black community is my community. When I speak about Latino advocacy, people think I’m only talking about people who are my skin color, but little do they know that I’m very aware of what my culture is,” she continued.
“I know my intention. The last thing I’d want to do is put two underrepresented groups against each other.”
She doubled down on her original point, saying Latinas in “all industries make less money.”
The “Someone Great” actress also sparked controversy during a shared interview with Yara Shahidi when she cut off the journalist who asked Shahidi about being a role model for black women and said she was a role model for “all women.”
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