Gina Rodriguez, star of “Jane the Virgin” and all around gorgeous and talented gal, took some unwarranted heat this week after posting her People en Español cover on Instagram.
Gracias a @peopleenespanol por creer en mi viaje. Para poner la fe detrás de mi carrera y elevar los muchos latinos de trabajo y de éxito duras en este país . Por favor recoger la copia en unos dias!! Thank you to @peopleenespanol for believing in my journey. For putting faith behind my career and uplifting the many hard working and success Latinos in this country. Pick up for copy in just a few days!!!!
A photo posted by Gina Rodriguez (@hereisgina) on Aug 5, 2015 at 4:01pm PDT
Apparently, some of her 327,000 followers and/or general Instagram peepers did not like Rodriguez’s smiling image and chose to respond with hateful comments.
But Gina Rodriguez is not one to take bullying in silence.
The 31-year-old posted another photo from her People shoot, this time addressing the negative and spiteful comments she had received, wondering — rightfully so — “When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up.”
“I refuse to participate in that kind of world,” Rodriguez wrote. “Before you write a comment today on anyone’s picture or anyone’s page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met?”
You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say. Whether it was from the way my toes curled under to the way I typed my spanish. We desire to project our own insecurities and hatred on another. When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Before you write a comment today on anyone’s picture or anyone’s page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met? Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do. #NoToKeyboardCourage
A photo posted by Gina Rodriguez (@hereisgina) on Aug 6, 2015 at 8:12am PDT
The Golden Globe winner has been vocal in the past about issues she believes in, among them the importance of diversity and body confidence.
“We live in an industry where the desire to be something that you’re not sells,” she told HuffPost Live in April. “But why can’t we make the desire to be what you are sell? Why can’t we make that profitable?”
In May, the actress participated in The Hollywood Reporter’s comedy actress roundtable and spoke about the lack of roles for actresses of color.
“I remove myself instantly if something’s perpetuating a stereotype,” Rodriguez said. “But the only way to stop stereotypes is to say, ‘I’m going to wait for a journey that suits me.’ When you compromise, you don’t do your best work. You’re only left with your integrity.”