It’s been a rough day for Gina Rodriguez, who got a fresh round of backlash delivered after trying to clarify her controversial comments about race and equal pay.
The “Miss Bala” actress was visibly upset when she sat down on Sway’s Universe to defend her comments that some deemed “anti-black,” and social media is SLAMMING her for it.
“She’s only sorry cause she got put on blast NUMEROUS times for dissin our black women. The only Gina we rock with is Martin’s woman!!!” one YouTube user commented.
“Her tears do not sway me. Girl bye,” said another. “She’s not a very convincing actress with those fake ass crocodile tears,” added a user.
It all stems from Rodriguez’ comments about the pay gap among races, and her feelings that Latina actresses are at the way bottom of the totem pole. Many thought that she was bringing down the black community to lift up her own.
“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay, especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it,” she told Porter at the time. “Where white women get paid more than black women, and black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women and it’s like a very scary space to step into.”
The “Jane the Virgin” star broke down when Sway asked what she meant when she compared races and equal pay a few months back.
Stopping the interview to gather herself with tears pouring down her face, Rodriguez claimed that it was not her intention to cause such animosity.
“What I was saying, was that when we talk about equal pay, we have to talk about intersectionality because we all must rise,” she told Sway, adding how she identified with black culture as a little girl.
“We didn’t have many Latino shows and the black community made me feel like I was seen, so to get anti-black is to say I’m anti-family,” she revealed. “My father is dark skin, he’s Afro-Latino and my cousins are … it’s in my blood.”
Defending herself, Rodriguez continues, “I’ve never said anything controversial about anybody … the black community is my community.”