Gina Rodriguez lands in hot water for saying the N-word in an Instagram video


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Gina Rodriguez has taken to Instagram to apologize after publishing a video of herself rapping song lyrics that included the N-word. Soon after she posted the clip to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, October 15, the video was shared on other social media platforms, like Twitter, with fans calling out the Puerto Rican actress for her repetition of the racial slur. 

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The Jane the Virgin star shared another clip with an apology to anyone she might have offended. Fans were not quick to accept her "I'm sorry" and are even saying that it came off "sarcastic" and "insincere." 

The backlash began to erupt soon after Gina posted the clip.

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The Jane the Virgin star was getting her makeup done while listening to "Ready or Not" by the Fugees. She rapped along to the song, singing the line: "I can do what you do, easy, believe me. Fronting n--gas give me hee-bee-gee-bees." There has been a longstanding debate about whether or not it is acceptable for Latinos to use that word, or to sing along with it if it's part of a song. Some people seem to be split on the argument, and some have settled it on only Afro-Latinos being allowed to say it. 

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The Golden Globe winner addressed the controversy in a video.

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Gina took to her Instagram Stories to share a video after the backlash erupted. "I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love that I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill," she said in the clip. "I really am sorry if I offended you."

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Some fans were not at all surprised by this.

Fans recalled other instances in which Gina's support for the black community has been questionable. The actress caught heat for a 2018 interview she did alongside co-star Yara Shahidi, when the reporter said Yara was an inspiration to black women and Gina corrected him by saying "women." "Gina Rodriguez literally tried to correct a journalist for saying Yara Shahidi is an inspiration to young black women, because she felt excluded," one person tweeted. "I don’t care if it’s in a song, you can’t say n--ga my g."

She has addressed the backlash in the past.

Aside from the Yara interview, there have been other instances that have caused people to question Gina. When Black Panther was announced in 2017, she tweeted: "Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend…” That also caused quite a lot of controversy. The actress defended herself, saying that she loves the black community and even mentioned that her father has dark skin. “Growing up, we didn’t have many Latino shows and the black community made me feel like I was being seen, so to get anti-black is saying that I’m anti-family,” she said on Sway in the Morning in January.

Perhaps the important lesson here is that we should all be mindful and respectful of other cultures and their boundaries.