Gina Rodriguez is known for her role as Jane on the hit The CW show, "Jane The Virgin" which she won a Golden Globe for in 2015. But sadly, she is now making headlines for saying something extremely insensitive on social media.
The Hispanic actress shared a video of herself rapping along to Lauryn Hill's verse on the Fugees "Ready or Not".
The line that got her in water is, "If you're doo-doo, voodoo/I can do what you do, easy, believe me/Fronting n----s give me hee-bee-gee-bees."
For obvious reasons, Gina received immediate backlash for saying the derogatory phrase. Social media went off on her while others felt she didn't do anything wrong.
Either way, Gina felt she was wrong and issued an apology:
And here is the real.
This is just an opinion, but I feel like people who use the n-word freely and isn't African-American, are either not around African-American people often, don't have many in their circle, or have never had a conversation with how using the word is extremely insensitive if you're not black.
To rap along to the song is fine but to say the word and then record it on camera sharing it to your millions of fans, makes it that much worse. Gina, I'm sure knows now, should understand we live in a time where police brutality, murder, and injustices against African-Americans is at an all-time high. It is a deep-rooted community and they're protective of who enters their world whether it's in culture, lifestyle, or the arts.
As they should.
This incident made me think about the TV and Film industries. Not so much with shows, not unless it's ABC's Mixed-ish (the racial lines in that show? WOW) but more so with movies that have used the n-word in their script more often then I'm comfortable with.
Everyone knows Quentin Tarantino is a genius when it comes to films, he's one of my favorite filmmakers, but the amount of the cringe-worthy word used in his movies are overwhelming -- Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Bastards, especially Django. I had to refrain from shaking my head the entire film. Samuel Jackson and other black actors came to Quentin's defense when he received backlash for it and said he loved different cultures and was only trying to show a true depiction of the times.
I get it.
But, I believe there should be a limitation to how many times the word can be used in films and tv shows, or better yet, just not using the world altogether if you're not of African- American descent.