Michelle Rodriguez came under fire on Friday night when she made comments about minorities trying to “steal” white superhero roles.
Michelle Rodriguez was asked if rumors that she would appear in the new Green Lantern film were true.
She was quick to shoot it down.
She said, “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.”
Of course she was also quick to post an obligatory apology.
In her mea culpa video, Michelle Rodriguez says, “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’s superheroes.”
She added, “I guess it got taken out of context because a lot of people got offended, or whatever. But I have a tendency to speak without a filter, so sorry about that.”
What Michelle Rodriguez and many others fail to realize is that POC are making their own characters/worlds/etc but are given less exposure.
— Christian Johnson (@NerdPoetics) March 1, 2015
In a further attempt to clarify, Michelle Rodriguez continued, saying, “What I really meant was, ultimately at the end of the day there’s a language, and the language that you speak in Hollywood is successful franchise. And I think that there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology. We all get it from the same reservoir of life… 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.
Michelle Rodriguez says minorities should "Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes." I think she was probably drunk though.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) March 1, 2015
Michelle Rodriguez is the same one that said trashy black women are the only ones getting Oscars
— rell (@Awkward_Duck) March 1, 2015
Michelle Rodriguez wrapped it up by saying, “It’s time to stop. Stop trying to take what’s already there and fit a culture into it. I think it’s time for us to write our own mythology and our own story – every culture. So that’s what I meant. And I’m sorry if it came off rude or stupid – that’s not what I meant. Cheers.”
What do you think about Michelle Rodriguez’s apology/explanation?