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Gina Rodriguez learned the hard way that you should never, ever use the N-word. Don’t sing it. Don’t rap it. Don’t even think it!
The Jane the Virgin actress shared a video of herself rapping to the song Ready or Not by The Fugees and Lauryn Hill on Twitter – N-word and all.
And as expected, she received a vast amount of abuse on Twitter and deleted the video just three hours after posting it. She then issued an apology via Instagram…
“Hey, what’s up everybody? I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry,” the 35-year-old star said on her Instagram Story.
“I am sorry if I offended anyone. My singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love that I grew up on, I love Lauryn Hill.
“And, um, I really am sorry if I offended you.”
However, fans weren’t convinced that her apology was heartfelt and sincere enough, which prompted her to issue another apology…
“In song or in real life, the words that I spoke, should not have been spoken,” she began in her Instagram post.
“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. The word I sang, carried 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.
“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.”
Let’s hope that Gina Rodriguez has learned her lesson!