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Gina Rodriguez breaks down over anti-blackness criticisms

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ACTRESS GINA Rodriguez has broken down in response to claims that she is anti-black.

Rodriguez, the star of Jane the Virgin, has faced criticism over her comments on race and inclusion within Hollywood.

In an interview on SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning on Tuesday, Rodriguez was asked about the backlash she faced last year. At the time she said that black women tend to make more than Latina and Asian ones.

She disputed that she was referring to actresses.

In the interview with Net-A-Porter at the time, the 34-year-old said: “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.”

Speaking on Sway in the Morning this week, she said: “When we talk about equal pay we have to talk about intersectionality because we all must rise.”

Rodriguez said she found the topic very difficult to talk about and described the backlash she faced as “devastating to say the least...because the black community was the only community I looked towards growing up. We didn’t have many Latino shows and the black community made me feel that I was seen

The actress, whose father is Afro-Latino, appeared visibly upset as she discussed the issue.

She said: “I really wish we weren’t living in a culture where we’re clickbait because I’ve never said anything controversial about anybody...if anything the black community is my community.”

She concluded by saying that she apologised to those who felt pain by what she said.

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