The accusations came about following roundtable discussion Gina Rodriguez was a part of in November where she discussed women in television and pay inequity.
Gina Rodriguez is clarifying comments she made back in November that led many to accuse her of being anti-black.
The Jane The Virgin star recently appeared on Sway in the Morning, where she spoke to the radio host about the backlash she faced following a roundtable dicussion she did where she talked about women in television and pay inequity.
During the roundtable, Rodrigurez made the following comment:
“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the international aspect of it, where white women get paid more than Black women, Black women get paid more than Asian women and Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into.”
Following that, critics pointed out that actress Sofia Vergara is the highest paid actress in television and that only one black women is in the top ten with Vergara — Kerry Washington.
Now, Rodriguez has addressed her previous comments, saying that it was focused on Latina women in general and not just those in the entertainment industry.
Here's Gina Rodriguez crying because she's been rightfully called anti-black pic.twitter.com/6YcX4AO7jT
— a little drama stirer (@danielleisback_) January 23, 2019
“The backlash was devastating, to say the least,” Rodriguez said. “Because the Black community was the only community I looked towards growing up. We didn’t have many Latino shows and the Black community made me feel like I was seen. So to get anti-black is saying that I’m anti-family.”
“My father is dark-skinned. He’s Afro-Latino, and it’s in my blood so that was really devastating to me. I know my heart. I know what I meant, and I really wish we weren’t living in a culture where we’re clickbait, because I’ve never said anything controversial about anybody,” she continued while holding back tears. “If anything, the Black community is my community. As Latinos, we have Black Latinos — that is what we are. I am not, so I think when I speak about Latino advocacy, people believe I mean only my skin color.”
She then offered an apology to those she offended, saying: “If I have hurt you, I am sorry, and I will always be sorry. But you have to know, until you know my heart, there is no way we can live off clickbait.”
Following the release of the interview, a number of people on social media criticized Rodriguez and accused her of playing the victim instead of acknowledging how her previous comments were anti-black.
Gina Rodriguez could easily acknowledge that her past comments were antiblack (regardless of if she didn't intend them to be) and learn to do better and grow but she rather play victim
— gap tooth doll (@bluinmoonlight) January 23, 2019
Us: Stop being anti black
Gina Rodriguez: https://t.co/PeZJKL1DnK
— OPEN YOUR PURSE (@BLVCKMUMBA) January 23, 2019
gina rodriguez: *is anti black, constantly puts black women down to favor “all women”, probably doesn’t know the difference between race and ethnicity*
gina rodriguez when she gets called out on it: https://t.co/7RhSPp46Gu
— dij | BLM (@kimpossihoe) January 23, 2019
Your face as a BW when Gina Rodriguez is anti-Black & then goes on Sway to cry about how mean it is that we’re calling her anti-Black & then points out how White and Asian folx aren’t mad at her even though she’s never put them down, which just furthers her anti-Blackness: pic.twitter.com/tL1WRADELy
— Shameik Moore’s Ex-Publicist (@IWriteAllDay_) January 23, 2019