Gina Rodriguez Continues To Act As If Black Women Are Part Of The Problem

On November 16, four talented actresses — Ellen Pompeo, Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez and Emma Roberts — joined forces to discuss women in TV. But the talk wasn’t just about the roles we see on the small screen, it went a lot deeper and touched on diversity and the pay disparity in Hollywood.

The 24-minute panel was hosted by NET-A-PORTER and aired on YouTube to much delight on social media.

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It’s not every day you see a diverse group of women talk about inclusion and equality. However, there was a portion in the segment that made people on social media livid.

Around the 1.14 minute mark, Gina Rodriguez began to speak about how Latinas are paid less than other women including black women.

“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,” Rodriguez said, which Union nodded in agreement. “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.”

That comment left people on social media feeling ruffled.

Critics expressed their dislike for hearing Rodriguez’s comment which they said basically threw black women under the bus along with their accomplishments and historic moves in Hollywood.

Her comment also insinuated that she was speaking about the disparity between women in Hollywood. However, she may have been referring to all industries in the country.

We’d like to assume Rodriguez was referring to the nationwide pay rate statistics in which white women make 77 cents for every dollar that white men make, while Asian women make 85 cents, black women make 61 cents, Native American women make 58 cents, and Latinas make 53 cents.

People were quick to point out that the highest paid actress on television isn’t a white or black woman but a Latina.

While actress Sofia Vergara has been topping the list of highest paid TV actresses earning more than $160 million dollars, it’s important to note that she is an exception in an industry where white men occupy the screen and dominate in salaries.

While Rodriguez’s remark left some people shaking their head, others were not surprised. They pointed to another moment in which she put black women aside.

During a press event with cast member Yara Shahidi, Rodriguez didn’t allow the journalist to highlight Shahidi as an incredible accomplishment for black women. Rodriguez wanted him to emphasize that she was important to all women, not just black women.

Here’s some more of what people had to say about her remark regarding Latinas pay rate vs. black women’s pay.

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Some are saying that the actress is  just showing her true colors.

We’re thinking some may have taken her comments out of context. What do you think?

Others point out that Rodriguez has never highlighted the work and talent of Afro-Latinas.

Rodriguez has yet to comment on the backlash of her comment.

Check out the full clip below!

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