Michelle Rodriguez Apologizes for Controversial Superhero Comment
“Fast & Furious” actress, Michelle Rodriguez had some not-so-nice things to say about minority actors playing superhero roles this past weekend.
TMZ caught up with her and asked if she was playing the Green Lantern in an upcoming film to which she replied, “That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Because of this whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing ... It's so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own.”
Naturally, her comments sparked outrage among social media users who described Michelle’s comments as ignorant and racist.
“#MichelleRodriguez is an idiot.. The End,” one user wrote.
Another user wrote, “In this society sme people have to say the absurd phenomenally ignorant things for relevance becus most of are like #MichelleRodriguez who?”
Michelle has since apologized for her comments via a Facebook video.
"I want to clarify about my comment yesterday. I stuck my foot in my mouth once again, and I said that people should stop trying to steal white people superheroes," she said. "I guess it got taken out of context because a lot of people got offended ... but I have a tendency to speak without a filter, so sorry about that.”
She continued, “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 Latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy, and that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology.”
Check out her Facebook video here.
Since releasing her apology video, many have commented that it lacked sincerity. What are your thoughts?
Did Michelle’s apology seem genuine or was this her way of appeasing the backlash? Sound off below!