Gina Rodriguez Speaks Out On Being 'Latino Enough'
It's been quite the year for actress Gina Rodriguez.
The "Jane Virgin" star is becoming an inspiring spokeswoman for her generation, using her voice to not only spread and light positivity to her followers but also to address a myriad of issues women of color face in the entertainment industry.
Rodriguez spoke briefly at a recent Crest launch event about hostile messages on her Instagram page that targeting her imperfect Spanish language skills.
Earlier this month, the actress witnessed what she described as an "interracial Latino racism," when she shared photos from her People Español cover story with an accompanying caption in both English and Spanish. A backlash of hateful comments targeting her lack of Spanish skills quickly ensued.
"Yo hablo español, yo puedo hablar español y también entiendo todo (I speak Spanish, I can speak Spanish and I also understand everything)," Rodriguez said in Spanish before continuing in English. "But during interviews I get nervous, so I don't always say it very well. And I, grammatically, don't write Spanish very well but I understand everything."
Rodriguez went on to directly address the cyber bullies in a follow-up Instagram post where she challenged followers to think about the repercussions when our society scrutinizes others for their imperfections.
You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say. Whether it was from the way my toes curled under to the way I typed my spanish. We desire to project our own insecurities and hatred on another. When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Before you write a comment today on anyone's picture or anyone's page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met? Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do. #NoToKeyboardCourage
"You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say," she expressed in the post.
The actress also stressed the importance of women supporting one another.
"I think that women should uplift women. I think that cultures should uplift cultures. [Latinos] are seen in this country as one, so if we're not one, then we become a disintegrated, non-structured, non-powerful unit, instead of being a unit of strength and power."
Season two of "Jane The Virgin" is slated to premier this fall on Monday, October 12, at 9:00 p.m. on The CW network.
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