Video: Gina Rodriguez Apologizes for Using N-Word While Singing a Pop Song

Ivonne Coll, Andrea Navedo, and Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin (2014)
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Actress and Left-wing activist Gina Rodriguez is again at the center of a social media-fueled firestorm. This time the actor is apologizing for saying the N-word while singing the Fugees hit song “Ready or Not.”

“I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing The Fugees, to a song that I love, that I grew up on,” Rodriguez said in a video message to her four million-plus Instagram followers. “I love Lauryn Hill. I really am sorry if I offended anyone.”

In a now-deleted Instagram video, the Jane the Virgin star is seen singing the Fugees song lyrics thusly, “I can do what you do … believe me. Niggas give me heebie-jeebies.” The backlash came quick, with many making the argument that Rodriguez has a habit of saying and then apologizing for racially insensitive remarks.

In January, a teary-eyed Gina Rodriguez apologized for comments she made about the racial income disparity amongst actors during a discussion panel in November of 2018.

“I get so petrified … talking about equal pay, especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it,” the actor said at the time. “White women get paid more than black women, and black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into.”

“The last thing I want to do is put two underrepresented groups against each other,” said Rodriguez, after her pay disparity comments were slammed as “anti-black.” “Our unification is what is our rise. Our unification is what’s going to allow both of our communities to continue to flourish.”

Coming under more fire, Rodriguez issued another apology on Wednesday morning.

Jerome Hudson is Breitbart News Entertainment Editor and author of the bestselling book 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know. Order your copy today. Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson.


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