AceShowbiz - Gina Rodriguez has addressed the backlash that she received for comments she made a couple months ago about pay equality, which prompted many to accuse her of promoting Latina community at the expense of the black community. Talking about critics who labeled her "anti-black" due to the comment, the actress couldn't help but cry during an interview on SiriusXM's "Sway in the Morning".
"I always find it difficult to talk about equal pay as a woman who makes a substantial amount of money. As somebody who came for poverty to now the amount of money I get paid, it doesn't feel right that I'm the one talking about it, because I'm so damn grateful," the 34-year-old star said.
Unable to hold back her tears, she tearfully continued, "What I was saying, was that when we talk about equal pay, we have to talk about intersectionality because we all must rise. And so the backlash was devastating to say the least because the black community was the only community I looked towards growing up."
"We didn't have many Latino shows and the black community made me feel like I was seen, so to get anti-black is to say I'm anti-family," she added, before apologizing to those who were hurt by her comment. "If I have hurt you, I am sorry, and I will always be sorry, but you have to know, until you know my heart, there is now way we can live off clickbait."
The "Miss Bala" actress landed in hot water after she said that she was "so petrified" when talking about equal pay. "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," Gina stated at the time.