Gina Rodriguez is jealous, obsessed, and uncomfortable with the successes of Black women, and demonstrates a fake happy demeanor anytime Black women or their accomplishments are praised, whilst using our visibility or accomplishments as a platform to create opportunities for certain Latinas like when she proposed a Latin version of Girl’s Trip and a Latin superhero film after much talk about the record-breaking Black Pantheror she diverts a conversation to be inclusive for “ALL women.” Like that time she tried to correct the interviewer below.
Go to the 2:00 mark.
The exchange probably appears to be an innocent complementary gesture by Gina towards Yara for people who are unaware of the usual overstepping sentiment of hers. Yara is indeed a great role model for young women. But correcting an interviewer so you can feel comfortable and included in a statement that solely praises the representation of a young Black woman for her fellow young Black women is fucking rude and uncalled for.
There are people of color who only care about phrases like “inclusivity” and “representation” solely when it benefits their race and/or ethnicity and they want the efforts of others—particularly Black people—to do the work for them.
Now with Gina’s recent remarks, she stated the following:
Her full statement: “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.“
I’m not about to play no oppression Olympics over which race/ethnicity of actresses gets paid the least, but I’ma just leave this right here:
Back to the tweet by HP Latino Voices and Gina’s statement. Notice anything?
Pairing the long fought for achievements of Black people (Black women, in this case) with a “What about us Latinxs?” attitude is not only anti-Black AF, but continues to push for and perpetrate the erasure of Latinxs who are predominantly of African descent that is carried out and historically embedded in the DNA of Latin America.
BLACK LATINAS EXIST. BLACK LATINOS EXIST.
Not Black or Latinx. Black AND Latinx. Latinx is not a race, whereas Black is.
But when you’re Gina and do deliberate things like hosting a “Latina Power Lunch” and only invite certain shades and types of Latinas,
or longing for a colonialist superhero movie if she would pen one,
“I think it would be about Christopher Columbus coming over, the migration of the Spaniards, and the influence of the mixes [of people] in South America and in the Caribbean. That’s were my superhero movies would lay, like the 1400 or 1500s.” (Source)
how can one not suspect an agenda?…
On the same day the cast of Black Panther attended San Diego Comic Con and articles were being written left and right due to the film’s high anticipation, here goes Gina…
Carlos Valdes. Dania Ramirez. Gabriel Luna. Jessica Camacho….
Never mind that some of the actresses listed are Black Latinas, which includes her homegirl Rosario….
1) Wow. Y'all really let a sci-fi movie with FIVE female leads just flop like that. It’s not like the reviews are trash. You really coulda come up off the lil $12 or whateva and taken a chance because now we’re not gonna get another one until 2067.
2) Gina Rodriguez is *a star* y'all and she can do anything. I didn’t see Aggressive Butch Lesbian as part of her repertoire, yet here we are.
3) Annihilation is A FILM. This is a “let’s think about it, let’s discuss it, let’s bring our own interpretations” kinda movie, and that’s what great film should be. You should want to talk about it. I want to talk about it. I want to talk about how I think it’s about cancer. You might wanna talk about how you think it’s about depression. Everybody sees this film differently.
4) The Crosby, Stills & Nash song that anchors the movie is not the song I would’ve expected from the trailer (and that obnoxious sound effect in it), but it was absolutely perfect.
5) Y'all slept on this movie so now I will never get the second and third part, so I guess I’ll have to read the book, but this really deserved a trilogy.
6) Alien movies that don’t have creatures with a clear relationship to Earth-like body plans, like Arrival, are always the best alien movies because that extra care to not make creepy-looking humanoids with big heads and eyes means there’s probably extra care put into the story too.
7) I felt joyously uncomfortable the entire time. The movie is an engrossing kind of chaos where you’re not exactly sure what the next scene will be, but you like not knowing. The plot itself is a pretty simple straight line from point A to point B, but the journey has wonderful layers and the pace is great.
8) I would like to STRESS ONCE AGAIN that this is a SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE with FIVE FEMALE LEADS (two women of color!) when every Hollywood, female-driven movie is almost always a comedy dealing with relationships or a sad drama dealing with relationships. If it’s still in theaters where you live, you owe it to all your “let’s change Hollywood” soapboxing to actually take your ass to the theater and give it some money and support.
if i actually get to see gina rodriguez kiss a girl,,,,,,…… and not just ANY girl at that but stephanie beatriz then i think this is Truly the end for me project their scenes onto my tombstone and play the brooklyn nine-nine theme tune at my funeral thanks
brooklyn 99 writers, upon making rosa bi: okay but who can we get to play her girlfriend?
gina rodriguez, rolling in on rollerskates with sunglasses on, blaring the final countdown and holding a laptop on which she has brought up a powerpoint presentation entitled “99 reasons why i, gina rodriguez, should play the girlfriend of rosa diaz on brooklyn 99,” the first slide of which is just her interview with BUST from 2017: im so glad you asked
i need y’all to know, if i get to see gina rodriguez and stephanie beatriz kiss on tv, i am fucking done. it’s all over folks. i’ll be well on my way ascending to another plane of existence. a really gay one.
Gina Rodriguez delivers the most insane one take monologue (while also directing the episode) tonight and despite any and all of the controversy surrounding her as of late–it is an incredible performance. I have waited months for people to see it.
I wish TV would take more risks like this one.
JTV (and Gina) always handle the biggest moments the best possible way.