Gina Rodriguez Addresses Accusations of Being Anti-Black On SWAY In The Morning.

Gina Rodriguez recently caught a lot of heat when she spoke about the intersectional aspect of the gender pay gap in America. The Golden Globe winner made the comments during a round table discussion with Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts and Ellen Pompeo. Where she stated that Latina women were paid less than black women.

“White women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, “It’s like a very scary space to step into.”

Her comments sparked a furry of backlash on social media. She’s even been accused of pitting POC women against one another. Even though her statements were seemingly about women’s pay in general. Critics thought she was solely talking about Hollywood pay. They quickly pointed out that Latina actress Sofia Vergara was the highest-paid actress in television. Her statements by many were even called anti-black.

This week, the 34-year-old spoke on the controversy during her Sway in the Morning interview. She broke down during her segment as she attempted to clear up the allegations behind what she said two months prior.

“The backlash was devastating, to say the least,” said Rodriguez (12:10), who’s currently promoting her upcoming movie Miss Bala. “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.”

Rodriguez called the comments “devastating” because her father is a “dark-skinned” Afro-Latino. Rodriguez insisted that it was never her intention to insult anyone. She also stated that “clickbait” culture played a large part in the backlash she received for her comments.

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“I know my heart. I know what I meant, and I really wish we weren’t living in a culture where we’re clickbait, because I’ve never said anything controversial about anybody,” she stated. “If anything, the Black community is my community. As Latinos, we have black Latinos; that is what we are. I am not, so I think when I speak about Latino advocacy, people believe I mean only my skin color.”

Rodriguez clarified her comments weren’t just about Hollywood. That it was a fact that Latinas are generally paid less than black women. According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, white women make 77 cents for every dollar  white men make; Asian women make 85 cents, black women make 61 cents, and Latinas make 53 cents.

“What do you say? ‘Sorry’ for cheating when you didn’t cheat?” she said about the anti-black accusations. “[…] That is so far from who I am. […] 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 no way we can live off clickbait.”