VIDEO: Michelle Rodriguez Apologizes For Saying Minorities Shouldn’t Play White Superheroes
Michelle Rodriguez is apologizing for saying minorities shouldn’t play traditionally white superheroes, but standing by the idea behind it. As Gossip Cop reported, the actress’ comments caused a stir online this weekend, and she’s posted a video to Facebook clarifying her remarks. Watch below.
The issue was sparked when a paparazzo asked Rodriguez about a rumor that she’d been considered to play the Green Lantern. She replied, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard… I think it’s so stupid… because of this whole, like, ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing… it’s so stupid, it’s, like, stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own, you know what I’m saying? What’s up with that?”
Many criticized Rodriguez for seemingly shunning Hollywood diversity, and she now admits, “I stuck my foot in my mouth once again… I have a tendency to speak without a filter. Sorry about that.” She went on to explain, “What I really meant was, at the end of the day, there’s a language and the language that you speak in Hollywood is ‘successful franchise.’ I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology.”
“We all get it from the same reservoir of life, the fountain of life. It doesn’t matter what culture you come from.” Rodriguez continued. “I’m just saying that instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy, instead of trying to turn a white character into a black character or a Latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy and people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology.”
Rodriguez further argued that there aren’t enough writers representing minorities, and that that should be “serious priority,” instead of taking already well-known superheroes “and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. I just feel it should be more creative than that.” She concluded, “That’s what I really meant. I’m sorry if it came off rude or stupid. It’s not what I meant. So, cheers.”