The backlash began to erupt soon after Gina posted the clip.
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.
The Golden Globe winner addressed the controversy in a video.
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."
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."