Gina Rodriguez is facing backlash after using the N Word while singing to a Fugees song.
According to CNN:
A video posted on her Instagram on Tuesday shows Rodriguez getting her hair done as The Fugees song “Ready or Not” plays in the background.
The “Jane the Virgin” star raps “I can do what you do … believe me. (N-word) give me heebie-jeebies,” before chuckling out loud. She later deleted the video but not before people saved it and shared it widely on social media.
After a flurry of criticism, she posted another video.
“I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry,” she said. “I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song I love, that I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill. And I really am sorry if I offended you.”
More backlash followed from people who said the apology did not sound sincere.Hours later, she posted a followup apology early Wednesday on Instagram. “In song and in real life, the words that I spoke should not have been spoken,” she said in the lengthy message. “I thoughtlessly sang along to the lyrics of a favorite song and even worse, I posted it. The word I sang carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine. … I have some serious learning and growing up to do and I’m so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.
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