Alright guys, can we all just agree to stop saying that Gina Rodriguez is “not Latina enough”? Homegirl is second generation Puerto Rican and was raised — because her parents believed it would help her avoid being bullied — with English as her first language. So when she tries to speak Spanish on her show Jane the Virgin, we have to give her a break.
In an interview with HuffPost Latino Voices, she responds to all the haters on social media. “I’m going to be reprimanded by a culture that I’m supposed to support and is supposed to support me because of the way I was raised?,” she says. “That is too limiting. That is unfair.” Agreed.
Then, ever-so-boldly, she put the final touch on her response: “I am as Latina as they come. And I am not defined by anybody’s definition of Latina. I don’t actually sit in a definition. I walk in my world, happily and confidently.”
Watch the entire interview here.