Michelle Rodriguez Clarifies Comment About Minorities ‘Stealing’ White Superheroes (VIDEO)
Michelle Rodriguez is in the midst of doing damage control after comments she made pertaining to “minorities” in Hollywood “stealing” the roles of “white people’s superheroes.”
It all started when Rodriguez was asked by TMZ about speculation that she was being considered for the next Green Lantern.
“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” Rodriguez responded.
“Yeah, I think is so stupid to like … because of this whole like minorities in Hollywood thing. But it’s so stupid. Like, stop stealing, you know, all the white people’s superheroes. Like, make up your own. Know what I’m saying? What’s up with that?”
After igniting the ire of the internet for her statement, Rodriguez took to Facebook to clarify her comments.
You can watch the video above or read a transcription (provided by comicbook.com below).
Hey guys, I want to clarify my comment from yesterday. I stuck my foot in my mouth once again and I said that people should stop trying to steal white people’s superheroes. I guess it got taken out of context because a lot of people got offended or whatever. I have a tendency to speak without a filter. Sorry about that.
What I really meant was that ultimately at the end of the day there is a language and the language that you speak in Hollywood is: successful franchise. And I think that there are many cultures that are in Hollywood that are not white that could come up with their own mythology. We all get it from the same reservoir of life – the fountain of life. It doesn’t matter which culture you come from. Instead of turning a girl character into a guy, or instead of turning a white character into a black character or Latin character – I think people should stop being lazy and people in Hollywood should take the time to develop their own mythology.
And you know what? If being American is your mythology and the American culture is deeply embedded into who you are and what makes you the type you are trying to portray in a Hollywood feature or a comic book so be that. I’m just saying, the different cultures from around the world that are in Hollywood: Latin, black, Asian so on and so forth considered minorities because there aren’t a lot of writers representing them they should start focusing on making that a serious priority. It’s not about taking Catwoman or Superman or Green Lantern or whatever these characters are and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. It should be more creative than that. People need to stop being lazy. That’s what I meant by my comment.
I’m taking it to heart as well. I’m considering this when I’m out there trying to come up with projects to do and things to write. It’s time to stop; to stop taking what is already there and trying to make it fit a culture into it. I think it is time to write our own mythology and our own story – every culture! That’s what I really meant and I’m sorry if it came off as rude or stupid. It’s not what I meant. Cheers.