Meet Gina Rodriguez, the Latina Actress Who Refuses to Allow Black Women to Ever Be Great

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Photo: Gina Rodriguez arrives at Variety’s Power of Women event on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Gina done done it again.

As people of color, we all face specific challenges that are unique to our environments and ethnic identities. But once variables such as gender or class come into play, life can get infinitely more complicated and arduous.


Ask black women.

But never ask Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, who habitually makes it a point to compare her plight to other women of color—or outright erase the context and identity of her melanated contemporaries—as a fifteen-time gold medalist in the Oppression Olympics.

Her latest faux pas comes courtesy of a roundtable discussion she held with Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts, and Ellen Pompeo on Net-A-Porter’s The Big Television Debate. The topic? Pay disparities in Hollywood.

During which, she stated the following:

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into.”


Naturally, a deluge of scorn and side-eyes rained down from the heavens in response:


And of course:


For those out the loop, the 34-year-old actress also caught hell earlier this year for evoking the spirit of “All Lives Matter” while interrupting her Small Foot co-star Yara Shahidi as she spoke on the importance of being a role model for black women.


The sooner Gina understands there’s a seat for everyone at the table, the sooner we’ll all be better for it. Because right now the only person she’s in competition with is herself.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for y'all to stop putting sugar in grits.



Yes. Her general point distracts from the problem and frames it instead as some sort of competition among minority women instead of a fight against white patriarchy.
But I also want to call out one of those tweets embedded for its logical fallacy because there are enough legitimate points to bring up in this conversation without pulling shit out of our asses:
Latina women *do* get paid less on average compared to black women, across all industries. From highest earning to lowest it actually goes: Asian, white, black, Native American, Latina. Just because Sofia Vergara makes more than the highest earning black actress doesn’t somehow negate that. That’s like using President Obama to insist on widespread black success/a post-racist society. One example a trend does not make.
(Also that tweet engages in the same rhetoric as Rodriguez’s original comments and doubles down on dividing minorities i.e.“No, you’re wrong, actually black actresses are more oppressed.” as opposed to “Different groups of minority women experience discrimination to different extents but we can all agree—and should focus on—that the real problem here (!) is that all of them experience any discrimination at all. Everyone should have equal pay.”)