Gina Rodriguez Breaks Down While Defending Herself Against Anti-Black Accusations

IndieWire | 1/23/2019 | Staff
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Gina Rodriguez fought back tears while defending herself against accusations she is anti-black during an interview on the SiriusXM radio program “Sway in the Morning.” The “Jane the Virgin” actress has been criticized on social media in recent months for what many have alleged are anti-black comments made in the press.

The backlash against Rodriguez was heightened after she appeared in an actress roundtable discussion for Net-A-Porter in November 2018. Rodriguez was talking about pay disparity during the talk and said black women are paid more than Latinx women.

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“White women get paid more than Black women, Black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women,” Rodriguez said at the time. “It’s like a very scary space to step into.”

Rodriguez was quickly slammed online for not doing her research and pitting Latinx discrimination against black discrimination. The actress faced similar backlash in July 2018 after she tweeted the following about the Marvel tentpole “Black Panther”: “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend…”

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Following the tweet, many took issue with Rodriguez overlooking what a boundary-pushing film “Black Panther” was for black representation on screen. Instead of championing the movie, Rodriguez appeared to criticize it for not being inclusive enough. Additionally, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does include Afro-Latinx actresses such as Tessa Thompson and Zoe Saldana.

Rodriguez defended herself on “Sway in...
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