Gina Rodriguez has issued a second apology for using the n-word in an Instagram video.
On Tuesday (October 15), the 35-year-old actress shared a video of herself singing along to the Fugees' "Ready or Not." However, instead of skipping over a lyric that features the n-word, Gina sang right along.
The backlash was almost immediate, causing the former Jane the Virgin star to issue a video apology shortly after her initial post. However, many deemed Gina's "apology" "insincere," "half-hearted," and "sarcastic" as she apologized for "singing along to the Fugees," a song she said she loved, rather than acknowledging the bigger issue — her casual use of a racial slur.
Seemingly struck by the outrage that her first apology caused, Gina returned to Instagram with a written second apology hours later. “In song or in real life, the words that I spoke, should not have been spoken. I grew up loving the Fugees and Lauryn Hill. I thoughtlessly sang along to the lyrics of a favorite song, and even worse, I posted it,” she wrote. “The word I sang, carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine.”
Gina continued: "What consequences I face for my actions, today none will be more hurtful than the personal remorse I feel. Watching my own video playing back at me, has shaken me to my core. It is humiliating that this has to be a public lesson but it is indeed a much deserved lesson."
“I feel so deeply protective and responsible to the community of color but I have let this community down,” she concluded. “I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.”
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