Gina Rodriguez Breaks Silence On ‘Anti-Black’ Controversy: ‘The Backlash Was Devastating’

Gina Rodriguez might barely maintain it collectively on the radio present “Sway within the Morning” on Tuesday when addressing feedback she made final yr that many interpreted as “anti-black.” 

“The backlash was devastating to say the least,” the 34-year-old stated as she started crying.

“The black neighborhood was the one neighborhood I regarded to rising up. We didn’t have that many Latino exhibits, so the black neighborhood made me really feel like I used to be seen,” she added. “So to get anti-black is saying that I’m anti-family.” 

Gina Rodriguez visits SiriusXM Studios on January 22, 2019 in New York City.

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Gina Rodriguez visits SiriusXM Studios on January 22, 2019 in New York Metropolis.

Rodriguez stated that she’d “by no means stated something controversial about anyone” and added that her father is dark-skinned and Afro-Latino, a declare that some on social media questioned. 

“If something, the black neighborhood is my neighborhood. After I talk about Latino advocacy, folks assume I’m solely speaking about people who find themselves my pores and skin coloration, however little do they know that I’m very conscious of what my tradition is,” the actress added. 

“I do know my intention. The very last thing I’d need to do is put two underrepresented teams in opposition to one another,” she added. 

Throughout a Internet-a-Porter roundtable final November with Ellen Pompeo, Emma Roberts and Gabrielle Union, the “Jane the Virgin” actress made feedback about equal pay ― particularly that black girls are paid greater than Latinx girls ― and that remark brought on a firestorm of controversy. 

“I get so petrified on this house speaking about equal pay, particularly if you take a look at the intersectional facet of it,” she stated in the course of the speak. “The place white girls receives a commission greater than black girls, and black girls receives a commission greater than Asian girls, Asian girls receives a commission greater than Latina girls, and it’s like a really scary house to step into.”

Whereas many perceived it as Rodriguez talking concerning the leisure business, the actress insisted she was talking concerning the pay hole basically for ladies of coloration. 

Beforehand, Rodriguez additionally obtained backlash over an interjection she made after actress Yara Shahidi was requested a query throughout an interview. When the interviewer requested Shahidi whether or not she thought she was a job mannequin for black girls, Rodriguez replied by saying she was a job mannequin all girls. The Root’s Tonja Renée Stidhum later stated was Rodriguez mainly “All-Lives-Matter[ing] the interviewer.”

She additionally confronted criticism over a remark she made within the wake of Marvel’s “Black Panther,” when she tweeted, “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and ladies however the place are the Latinos?!” 

Some took her feedback as detracting from “Black Panther’s achievements in addition to erasing black Latina girls who’ve appeared in superhero motion pictures.

Which is why many thought that Rodriguez’s apology this week wasn’t fairly sufficient: