Michelle Rodriguez Apologizes for Asking Minorities to Stop Stealing White Superhero Roles

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Actress Michelle Rodriguez is clarifying remarks she made Friday, wherein she said it was “stupid” for minority actors to keep stealing all of the “white people’s” superhero roles.

Rodriquez briefly spoke with TMZ late Friday, and she was asked if she would be playing the role of Green Lantern in an upcoming project.

She replied, “Because of this whole ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing… it’s so stupid… Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own.”

Watch, courtesy of TMZ:

After facing a backlash for her word choice, the Avatar actress posted a video on her Facebook page to apologize and set the record straight.

“What I really meant was that I think there are many cultures in Hollywood—that are not white—and that can come up with their own mythology,” Rodriguez said.

She continued:

It doesn’t matter what culture you come from. I’m just saying that instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy or instead of trying to turn a white character into a black character or a Latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy, and people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology…

It’s not about taking Catwoman, or Superman, or Green Lantern, or whatever these characters are and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. It should be more creative than that, and I think people need to stop being lazy, and that’s what I meant by my comment.

Watch her entire video statement here.