UPDATED: “Jane The Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez has released a longer apology statement following criticism of her original video apology, which she posted shortly after she used the N-word in an Instagram video while rapping along to a Fugees song.
In a Notes app statement posted to her Instagram, Rodriguez wrote that “the word I sang, carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine,” making a direct reference to her use of the N-word, which her original video had not.
“Watching my own video played back at me, has shaken me to my core,” the statement continued. “I feel so deeply protective and responsible to the community of color but I have let this community down,” she added, continuing to refrain from specifically referencing the black community.
“I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused,” the statement finished. Read the full statement below.
It is unclear whether Rodriguez’s Instagram posts previously allowed comments, but comments on her posts are currently disabled.
In the original video posted to Rodriguez’s Instagram story, which was quickly deleted, Rodriguez raps along to the Fugees’ “Ready or Not” while having her hair and makeup done. She clearly says the N-word as part of the lyrics and then laughs to someone off camera.
The lyrics from her shared snippet, originally rapped by Lauryn Hill, are: “If you’re doo-doo, voodoo, I can do what you do, easy, believe me, fronting n—-s give me heebee jeebies.”
Rodriguez stated in the initial apology video, which many called inauthentic and lacking accountability, that she “just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love and grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill. I really am sorry if I offended you.” Notably, Rodriguez did not directly mention her use of the N-word.
Accusations of anti-blackness are nothing new for the “Annihilation” star. Rodriguez has faced scrutiny for allegedly pitting black and Latinx actresses against each other in the past.
During the promotional run of “Black Panther” — the first Marvel movie to feature a majority-black cast — she tweeted, “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women, but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend…” despite Afro Latinx actresses Zoe Saldana and Tessa Thompson both starring in Marvel films.
Later in 2017, Rodriguez posted an Instagram photo from an all-Latina women brunch with the caption: “Fiercely Latina. #LatinaPower.” Given that only fair-skinned Latinas were present, observers were quick to wonder where the Afro Latinx representation was.
In 2018, she spoke over her black “Smallfoot” co-star Yara Shahidi during a junket interview. When the interviewer asked Shahidi how she felt about being a role model to black women, Rodriguez interrupted and said: “So many women.”
When Rodriguez addressed the mounting criticism on SiriusXM Shade45’s radio show “Sway in the Morning” in Jan. 2019, critics felt she had evaded the topic by mentioning her dark-skinned father.