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Gina Rodriguez Saying The N-Word Is Just The Latest In A History Of Tone-Deaf Comments

Once is a mistake, but three times? That's becoming a pattern.

Hollywood isn’t short on celebrities who have found themselves in a spot of bother after saying something offensive or tone-deaf. The latest to head up that list is none other than Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, who thought it was a good idea to casually drop the N-word on Instagram.

The actress shared a video of herself rapping along to the Fugees song ‘Ready or Not,’ which contains the lyric, “n***** give me heebie-jeebies,” and clearly thought it was fine to say the N-word without any repercussions.

As it turns out, the backlash was as swift as it was unrelenting and she quickly deleted the video. But the internet being what it is, some folk managed to keep a copy of Gina’s receipts.

Okay, it’s never okay to say the N-word in any circumstance (unless you’re black) regardless of whether you’re Gina Rodriguez or whoever but at least this is just the first time she’s – *checks notes* – oh wait, this is definitely not the first time Gina’s gotten in trouble with the black community for saying something tone-deaf.

There was that time when Gina interrupted an interviewer who said Yara Shahidi is an inspiration to black women and attempted to correct him by saying Shahidi is actually an inspiration to “women” in general, resulting in a wave of claims that she’s erasing black women.

Then there were those times when Gina copped a bunch of flak for clumsily trying to address racial inequality in Hollywood by erroneously claiming that black women get paid more than Latinas in the entertainment industry and are therefore part of the whole pay gap problem.

When she was rightfully called out on her well-intentioned but tone-deaf comments, Gina turned on the waterworks and tried to play the “my dad is Afro-Latino and my extended family has ties to the black community card” to unsurprisingly mixed results.

You would’ve think Gina would’ve learned something about not putting her foot in her mouth after her history of unsavoury comments but if her apology for the N-word video is anything to go by, it appears she’s learned a whole heap of nothing.

In a follow-up apology video that’s dripping with passive-aggressiveness, Gina says she’s sorry if she “offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song [she] love, that [she] grew up on—[she loves] Lauryn Hill—and, [she’s] really am sorry if [she] offended you.”

So not only is Gina clearly still not getting why her comments a problematic but it seems like she thinks singing the N-word is perfectly fine because it’s a song she loves and grew up with. Well okay then.

It almost feels like Gina Rodriguez has been taking PR lessons from Scarlett Johansson, which would explain a lot about the Jane the Virgin star’s faux pas actually.

Andy Serkis' Greatest Role Isn't Gollum On Lord Of The Rings, It's This Talking Anus

Thanks for that, Gollum.

Look, it’s all there in the headline. Andy Serkis, the man and voice behind Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and basically every Hollywood movie with a CGI character in it, has hit a new peak in his glistening career with the greatest role he’ll likely ever play: a talking anus.

Seriously.

TMI there, Andy.

Now Serkis isn’t squeezing into a motion-capture suit (again) to play a literal arsehole that can speak for a some big-budget Hollywood movie about… whatever has a talking butthole in it.

He’s in fact voicing an animated talking anus for a campaign about fatbergs. Now I’m sure you’re wondering “what in the name of all things holy is a fatberg” and “what on earth does that have to do with a talking butthole?”

Well a fatberg is a congealed mass formed by non-biodegradable waste (such as wet wipes) that’s flushed down the toilet and are subsequently bound together by grease or fat, causing big clogging problems in sewer systems around the world.

To raise awareness about this issue, Andy has decided to, ahem, voice a talking anus for a PSA video for non-profit group City to Sea highlighting the negative impact our addiction to wet wipes are and to call on everyone to “be a good arsehole” by disposing of them properly rather than flushing them down the toilet.

Once again this bears repeating because it’ll never cease to be amusing: Andy. Serkis. Is. A. Talking. Arsehole.

I don’t know Andy personally but I have a feeling he’ll be pretty proud of the fact that his CV will now forever read, “Andy Serkis, the man behind Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, was once the voice of a talking anus.”

In a kind of dark, nightmare fuel kind of way, it’s almost disappointing he didn’t go full motion-capture method for this role like he usually does, but maybe this is one time where method acting probably isn’t the best idea.

Jeremy Renner Allegedly Threatening His Ex Proves That Not Everyone Is A Hero

Hawkeye's Ronin phase seems to have bled into real life.

Jeremy Renner – aka Hawkeye – may not be everyone’s favourite Avenger but he’s made a big enough mark in those movies as the everyman who does his best. Well it turns out that not everyone is a hero regardless of how good with a bow they are as it is reported that the actor allegedly threatened to kill his ex-wife.

According to legal documents (obtained by TMZ) in the custody battle between Renner and his ex-wife Sonni Pacheco, she claimed he verbally and physically threatened her on a number of occasions.

Pacheco alleges that the Avengers star was “high on coke and booze” when at a nightclub in November 2018 and talked about how he “could not deal with her anymore, and he just wanted her gone.”

In a separate complaint, Pacheco also alleges that a nanny once overheard Renner say he wanted to kill her and then himself because “it was better that Ava had no parents than to have [Sonni] as a mother.”

This was followed by a separate allegation that Renner put a gun in his mouth and threatened to kill himself before firing the gun into the ceiling while their daugher was asleep in her bedroom.

In response to all these allegations, a representative for Renner tells TMZ:

“The well-being of his daughter Ava has always been and continues to be the primary focus for Jeremy. This is a matter for the court to decide. It’s important to note the dramatizations made in Sonni’s declaration are a one-sided account made with a specific goal in mind.”

Renner has since responded with legal documents of his own stating that Sonni’s allegations are made up because she’s just “pissed” their relationship failed and is hoping for a “cash grab.”

Renner’s documents reportedly not only presents a defence against Sonni’s drug abuse claims while also alleging she’s the one with a drug problem, they also lay out a timeline of his film releases and the history of the allegations against him.

Now given how this is a bitter legal case involving custody over a young child, there’s going to be a lot of “he said, she said” so take everything with a grain of salt for now.

But regardless, the allegations are all pretty damn disturbing and definitely don’t paint a good picture for either Sonni or Jeremy Renner, especially with his upcoming Hawkeye series about to drop on Disney+.

We’ll have to see how this all shakes out but the one thing this whole fustercluck guarantees is that Hawkeye won’t be moving from the bottom of the “Favourite Avenger” list anytime soon.

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