Actress Michelle Rodriguez took to social media to apologize for controversial comments she made to TMZ about minorities playing superheroes that were intended to be white.
“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” she told the website when jokingly asked if she’d play the Green Lantern. “I think it’s so stupid because of this whole minorities in Hollywood thing. It’s so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own. What’s up with that?”
Following the comments, Rodriguez posted a video to Facebook that explained the context of her comments and apologized to anyone who was offended by the remarks.
“I stuck my foot in my mouth once again,” the Avatar star said. “I guess it got taken out of context, because a lot of people got offended or whatever. What I really meant was that ultimately at the end of the day, there’s a language. And the language that you speak in Hollywood is successful franchise.
“I think that there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology,” she added. “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 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.”
The 36-year-old’s comments come after actor Michael B. Jordan recently became the first African-American Human Torch, set to portray the character in the August 2015 reboot of the Fantastic Four. In addition, there have been rumors of Idris Elba becoming the new James Bond.
“I just think that it’s time to stop trying to take what’s already there and try to fit a culture into it,” Rodriguez said in her video. “I think that it’s time for us to write our own mythology and our own story – every culture.
“That’s what I really meant, and I’m sorry if it came off rude or stupid. That’s not what I meant.”