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Should Latinas like Cardi B and Gina Rodriguez be allowed to say the N-word?

Cardi B performs at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo credit: Nagashia Jackson)

Actress Gina Rodriguez, star of the CW’s hit series “Jane the Virgin,” issued an apology after she was captured saying the N-word.

On Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, Rodriguez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, posted an Instagram story video where she rapped the Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” which includes the N-word in the lyrics.

After she posted the clip, Rodriguez received backlash from some of her followers for using the racial slur.

She apologized for saying the word, posting: “I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song I love that I grew up on.”

However, some were still upset because she did not apologize for actually saying the word but instead for rapping the song. Rodriguez doubled-down on her apology the following day, posting on Instagram: “Whatever consequences I face for my actions today, none will be more hurtful than the personal remorse I feel.”

She added: “The word I sang carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine… I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.”

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