Actress Gina Rodriguez is catching flack and being schooled by social media users after saying Black actresses get paid more than Asian and Latina stars.
As noted by atlantablackstar.com, during a roundtable talk with TV actress Ellen Pompeo, Gabrielle Union, and Emma Roberts, Rodriguez explained her fears and reservations with discussing the Hollywood pay gap.
“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into. Because I always feel like I fail when I speak about it because I can’t help but feel already so gracious to do what I do and I feel like, culturally, I feel like I was raised to just feel so appreciative of getting here.”
The remark left many fans, trolls, and online users feeling some way, and they rushed to the comments section to voice their issues.
“Habitual Hater Gina Rodriguez says black actresses are paid more than Asians and latinas…. She always coming with sideways comments about Black people. F— her. Keep our fucking name out your mouth, b—-. This the same ho that essentially said that Christopher Columbus was a hero.”
“Chile I saw the full video with Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo, Emma Roberts and Gina Rodriguez. Gina’s disdain for black people making it or should I said rising above her is palatable. She really blatantly lied about Black actresses making more than Latina actresses.”
“SOFIA VERGARA IS LITERALLY THE HIGHEST PAID TV ACTRESS! THIS HOE WANTS TO BE OPPRESSED SO BAD JESUS CHRIST.”
“She needs to realize she doesn’t need to s— on black women to big up latinas.”
“Let’s also address how Gina Rodriguez lied about Latina actresses being paid less than black actresses when evidence shows the top 20 paid actresses of all time has 3 Latinas & NOT a single black actress. How did she get away with this lie?!!”
“I sure hope one of Gina Rodriguez’s friends take her aside and talk to her about her ongoing anti-blackness.”
User @sofiaquintero noted: “It is quite possible for Gina Rodriguez to advocate for better Latinx representation without constantly evoking African American advances in a way that implies they’re part of the problem. If she refuses to learn that, her cultural activism actually perpetuates the problem.”