Gina Rodriguez Cries Over 'Devastating' Backlash to Controversial Comments About Black Women

PEOPLE.com | 1/23/2019 | Staff
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Gina Rodriguez is clarifying controversial remarks she made that sparked debate among some social media users.

The Miss Bala actress, 34, grew emotional while appearing on Sway in the Morning‘s SiriusXM radio show after she was asked about backlash she received following a grouped interview in late 2018.

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Last year, Rodriguez was part of a panel with Ellen Pompeo, Gabrielle Union and Emma Roberts for Net-a-Porter when the issue of racial pay equality came up.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, 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,” she said in the interview at the time.

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Her comments sparked backlash from some members black community who felt she was ignoring how Latina actresses have been getting higher payments in the industry. As of 2018, the highest paid TV actress in the world is Sofia Vergara, a Latina actress from Colombia.

Rodriguez faced similar backlash in 2017 after she tweeted the following once Black Panther was announced: “Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend…”

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Many online took issue with her overlooking what Black Panther represented to the African-American community, while also pointing out the Marvel Cinematic Universe does include Afro-Latina actresses like Tessa Thompson and Zoe Saldana.

Rodriguez has since retreated from social media, and addressed the backlash for the first time on the radio show.

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“I never said actresses, I wasn’t speaking about my industry,” she clarified Tuesday. “I always find it difficult to talk about equal pay as a woman who makes a substantial amount of money. As somebody...
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