Michelle Rodriguez Sparks Superhero Race Row, Backtracks At Speed Of Light
Movie star provoked a fast and furious response with quote...
Michelle Rodriguez found herself at the centre of a Twitterstorm this weekend after sticking her nose into the thorny issue of changing the ethnicity of superheroes.
The Fast & Furious movie star, who has one parent from the Dominican Republic and another from Puerto Rico, told TMZ that she didn't think white superheroes should have their ethnic origins tampered with.
The 36-year-old actress said: "Because of this whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing ... it's so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own."
And commenting on a rumour that she could lead Warner Brothers' Green Lantern movie, she said: "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard."
However an angry reaction from social media users prompted her to post a video on Facebook yesterday (28 February) to clarify her words.
She said: "Hey, guys, 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. And I guess it got taken out of context.
"What I really meant was that, ultimately, at the end of the day, there's a language and the language you speak in Hollywood is a successful franchise. I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology.
"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 a 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."
So now you know.