Within just a few hours, a recording of Rodriguez's since-deleted post went viral, with many Twitter users calling her out for using the racist epithet. "I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love that I grew up on", Rodriguez said.
In a statement posted on Instagram on Wednesday morning, Rodriguez said she is "deeply sorry for the pain I have caused" and conceded the N-word comes with a "legacy of hurt and pain that I can not even imagine".
But as Williams pointed out, Rodriguez didn't just say the N-word, "She said the N-word and she said it with a head rock".
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez found herself embroiled in yet another racial scandal on Tuesday, when she posted an Instagram story in which she used the n-word. Rodriguez then laughs at something off-camera, and the video ends. Last year, she was criticized for the way she addressed the pay disparity actresses of color face.
Across the platform, Black women have also been discussing the use of the N-word among non-Black Latinos, like Rodriguez.
Gina has yet to respond to the clap back nature of the interweb and we can't confirm if she even will. Peep some reactions below and let us know what you think in the comment section.
"If anything, the Black community is my community".
"In song or in real life, the words that I spoke, should not have been spoken. I'm sorry", she said in a later video.
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"The fact that she thought this was fine and posted it is LAUGHABLE", one user said.
Twitter users attacked the Latina actress for using the term and dragging beloved Fugees frontwoman Hill into the controversy.
Hours later, she returned to Instagram with another apology.
A photo of her Puerto Rican father, who didn't appear to be dark-skinned, later circulated on social media.
'I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay, especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? "Voo doo, I could do what you do", she sings. We didn't have many Latino shows and the black community made me feel like I was seen.
Rodriguez continued explaining and tearing up at the same time saying, "The backlash was devastating, to say the least because the black community was the only community I looked towards growing up".
"Yes I know Latinos can be Black".
"I felt their pain and I will always apologize from the bottom of my heart if I cause pain on anyone cause that is not who I am".