Michelle Rodriguez, one of the stars of the Fast and Furious franchise, has sparked controversy after making a comment saying that minorities should stop trying to take white superhero roles.
It all started when the paparazzi spotted Rodriguez out and about on Friday night and asked her if the rumors that she had been cast to play in Warner Bros.’ new Green Lantern film, that is scheduled for release in 2020, were true.
“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” Rodriguez said with a laugh, according to gossip site TMZ.
“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?”
After her comments managed to cause an uproar, Michelle posted a video to Facebook apologizing to those she offended. She captioned the video by simply saying, “About that whole superhero thing.”
Rodriquez explained that she tends to “put her foot in her mouth” and “talk without a filter.” She told her fans that she wanted to clarify the comments she made, and then she explained in detail what she actually meant when she shared her thoughts with the reporters from TMZ.
“I guess it got taken out of context because a lot of people got offended or whatever. I have a tendency to speak without a filter — sorry about that,” Rodriguez explained in the video.
“What I really meant was that… I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white and that can come up with their own mythology,” she added.
“It doesn’t matter what culture you come from. I’m just saying that instead of trying to turn a girl character into a guy or 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.
“It’s not about taking Catwoman or Superman or Green Lantern… and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. I just feel like it should be more creative than that, and I think that people need to stop being lazy.”
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