Gina Rodriguez has one person on her side when it comes to her using the N-word — Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman. The Philly native is defending the actress and now he is getting backlash.
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Stockman told TMZ, “She’s Latina, right? Latinas are Black!” He continued, “She’s Puerto Rican — she’s Black.” He also said that Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Dominicans are Black. Watch below:
Sadly, Shawn does not seem to know that Latino is not race and either is Cuban, Mexican and Dominican. There are white Latinos like Sofía Vergara who is Colombian-American and there are Black Latinos like the Afro-Cuban actor Laz Alonso — being Latino does not equal Black.
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In case you missed it, During Ms. Lauryn Hill‘s verse to the Fugees‘ 1996 song “Ready or Not,” she raps “Bless you if you represent the Fu/ But I hex you with some witches brew if you doo-doo/ Voodoo, I can do what you do, easy/ Believe me, fronting ni**as give me hebbie-jeebies.”
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While rapping along to this part, Rodriguez said the N-word and not too long after, Twitter lost it. See the video below:
She is now apologizing and wrote on social media, “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.”
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She continued, “The word I sang, carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine. Whatever consequences I face for my actions today, none will be more hurtful than the personal remorse I feel.”
The Golden Globe winner also added, “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. I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.”
Twitter is not happen with Shawn. See the reactions below.
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