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Camila Cabello Has Apologized For Using The N-Word And Fans Are Pretty Messed Up About It

Everyone has their skeletons but we did not expect this from Camila Cabello.

Over the past few years, use of the N-word has sparked quite a bit of debate. In an era where social media is made it possible to hold just about everyone accountable for their past, we’ve seen quite a bit of a reckoning. This year, the world watched as comedian Kevin Hart fell from the graces of his fans after had discovered that he had made homophobic tweets from his Twitter account from 2010 to 2011. In 2018, rising R&B songstress Sabrina Claudio took a hit to her career when it was revealed that she had attacked Black women and used the N-word on her Twitter account years ago. And just a few months ago actress Gina Rodriguez, proved herself to be, once again, extremely problematic when she sang the N-word on a live Instagram stream while not even batting an eye.

Now, Camila Cabello, the songstress who shot out like a star from her band Fifth Harmony and created hits like “Havana” has been discovered to be part of the problematic club this whole time. The Cuban singer and actress, set to star in a remake of Cinderella, was forced to apologize for repeatedly using the N-word on her Tumblr account when she was a teenager.

After a Twitter thread posted by a user went viral yesterday, which document racist posts by Camila Cabello Twitter was shocked.

In a series of tweets, which have flagged by Buzzfeed as spewing “racism, xenophobia, domestic violence, and slurs” Camila was shown to have taken part in conversations that were extremely damaging. The thread revealed that Cabello had reblogged various racist and xenophobic Tumblr posts that mocked people who were Asian, Mexican and Black.

According to Buzfeed, she also used the N-word in an original post she had written herself.

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According to the Twitter account @motivaefenty, Cabello had also reblogged a meme that made fun of Rihannas’s 2009 assault by Chris Brown.

In response to the tweets, Cabello tweeted an apology to her fans saying that she was “sorry from the bottom of my heart.”

In a statement from her Twitter account, Cabello wrote “When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever. I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.”

Cabello continued with her apology writing “I apologized then and I apologize again now. I would never intentionally hurt anyone and I regret it from the bottom of my heart. As much as I wish I could, I can’t go back in time and change things I said in the past. But once you know better, you do better and that’s all I can do.”

Critics on Twitter were quick to slam Cabello’s apology pointing out that she would have known better.

“In South Africa, we learnt about racism in Grade 4 and what words are insensitive to use. Ion what she was thinking saying that at 15, she making up excuses at this point,” wrote one user in response to Cabello’s apology.

“Hey I’m Hispanic and grew up around that word and I knew from a young age, it was wrong. It’s a word of oppression, and Hispanic people should know better. She has no excuse. She was 16,” pointed out another user.

Meanwhile, others were quick to defend Cabello writing “I’m 100% black, and I fully support her. I understand that Hispanic people from Miami say “n*gga” a lot, and I also think getting worked up over tweets by a middle schooler 8 years ago is whack…”

There’s no telling what will happen for Cabello next, but we’re pretty sure it wont include big repercussions.

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Twitter Is Asking Why Cardi B Can Say The N-Word But Gina Rodriguez Can’t And In Typical Cardi Fashion, She’s Got Some Thoughts

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Twitter Is Asking Why Cardi B Can Say The N-Word But Gina Rodriguez Can’t And In Typical Cardi Fashion, She’s Got Some Thoughts

Last week, Gina Rodriguez rightfully received public backlash for saying the N-word on multiple occasions because she is not a black person, but the discourse seems to have spilled over to Cardi B (who is a black person) for her use of the N-word. Many people cannot conceive of the fact that some Latinxs are black and some of them are not. So many questions can be answered by visiting the public library or utilizing those Twitter fingers to do some online research, yet many of the loudest folks on the internet have a tenuous grasp or race and identity. 

Cardi B is accused of not being black again.

Cardi B was accused of not being black and saying the N-word. An issue that has been ongoing in her career as she has constantly asserted that she is Black and Latinx.  In February 2018 the “Bodak Yellow” sat down for a Teen Vogue interview with Zendaya, where she talked about the public’s confusion about her race and cultures. 

“One thing that always bothers me is that people know so little about my culture. We are Caribbean people. And a lot of people be attacking me because they feel like I don’t be saying that I’m black.” she told Zendaya. “Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it.”

Afro-Latinxs are constantly told they’re not black or Latinx enough. Love and Hip Hop Miami star Amara La Negra, an Afro-Latinx with dark skin and an Afro has had to defend her dual identity in the past as well. 

Cardi B defends her blackness once again.

When accused of not acting black she asked, “How do you act like a black woman? How do black women act?” 

Cardi B then shared a video defending her blackness yet again.

Cardi then shared a video from two years ago where she talked about how black publications have taught her about blackness and learning to love her natural hair. Other supporters noted that the reason why everyone is confused is because Latinx and black history is simply not taught well if at all in schools. 

“The majority of African captives were enslaved in Latin America & the Caribbean. folks don’t know these histories. the real question is how come? why do American educational institutions (k-12) do such a piss poor job teaching about race, slavery, settlement, and colonialism?” One Twitter user wrote.

Afro-Latinxs exist. Some Latinxs are black people. Say it again. Say it again. 

Cardi B is of Dominican and Trinidadian descent. These are two Caribbean nations with large black populations who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Nicki Minaj is also from Trinidad and Tobago and has a similar skin tone to Cardi B, yet her blackness is never called into question. 

Caribbeans, like many ethnicities that are colonial products, can be born in a spectrum of skin tones and features. Some of us are born black. Being black is a beautiful thing, but the social experience of a Latinx who looks like Celia Cruz is much different than one who looks like Gina Rodriguez. Afro-Latinxs have to navigate anti-black policies and anti-Latinx policies in ways that lighter-skinned Latinxs do not.

According to Pew Research, 1 in 4 Latinxs identify as Afro-Latinx and Latino Carribeans are more likely to identify as such.

“The multiple dimensions of Hispanic identity also reflect the long colonial history of Latin America, during which mixing occurred among indigenous Americans, white Europeans, slaves from Africa and Asians. In Latin America’s colonial period, about 15 times as many African slaves were taken to Spanish and Portuguese colonies than to the U.S. Today, about 130 million people of African descent live in Latin America.” 

The Afro-Latinx identity acknowledges the treatment of black Latinxs in the social construct of race relations, without erasing our Latinx heritage so that we no longer have to “choose” which fits best.

Can Latinxs say the N-word? 

Anyone who is a non-black person of color does not get a right to say the N-word. That includes non-black Latinxs. Having a small percentage of African ancestry does not make you a black person, it only means that your ancestors were black. 

To quote Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, “My identity is the descendant of many different identities. I am the descendant of African slaves. I am the descendant of Indigenous people. I am the descendant of Spanish colonizers… I am a descendant of all sorts of folks. That doesn’t mean I’m Black, that doesn’t mean I’m Native, but I can tell the story of my ancestors.”

If you would not be called the N-word by a racist then you do not get to reclaim it, period.  

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

Somebody get the shovel out of Gina Rodriguez’s hands because she officially went there with anti-black sentiments and said the N-word. Cue tear and the moment she dusts off her Afro-Latina card to excuse herself from backlash.

The former star of CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ has been ruffling feathers in the Black Twitter community for a while. Criticism of Rodriguez and her approach to speaking about and to the Black community goes all of the way back to 2017 when the actress criticized “Black Panther” for its lack of Latino inclusion. During a 2018 press junket, the Puerto Rican actress attempted to “All Lives Matter” actress Yara Shahidi when she was asked about being a role model for black girls When the actress tried once again to. Then, this year the actress was slammed not once by twice within a matter of months after she falsely stated that Latinas are paid less than any other race in Hollywood and then cried during a radio interview and essentially accused the Black community of being too hard on her while also using her father, who she claims is Afro-Latino, as an excuse for not being anti-Black.

Now the actress is facing backlash after posting a video of herself using the N-word while singing.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez posted a video of herself singing along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees to her Instagram stories.

“Voodoo, I could do what you do, believe me,” Rodriguez sang in the video, “N***** give me heebie-jeebies.” The video stayed up on her stories for 3 hours before it was taken down. Later the actress apologized for her use of words saying in another story that she was sorry for singing along to the lyrics, which doesn’t really address the true issue.

“Hey what’s up everybody I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees to a song that I love that I grew up on. I love Lauren Hill and I’m really sorry if I offended you,” she said.

Many have speculated that Rodriguez thought because she was singing a lyrics she could get away with using the derogatory term.

Others have accused the actress of being flip with her apology.

Nevertheless, Rodriguez’s reaction to backlash is pretty on-brand for her previous anti-Black sentiments.

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