‘Furious 7’ Star Michelle Rodriguez Takes to Facebook to Say Sorry to Those Offended by Her Remarks that “People Should Stop Trying to Steal White People’s Superheroes”

6:36 AM EST 3/2/2015 by Kara Michelle, Celebeat Reporter

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On Friday night, Michelle Rodriguez, as she was cruising out of Katsuya, told TMZ that while minority actors deserve their own characters, they shouldn't take on white ones that are already there. She was videotaped saying: "Because of this whole 'minorities in Hollywood' thing...it's so stupid...Stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own..."

Later, the following day, the 36-year-old Fast & Furious franchise star, via her Facebook page, clarified what she meant by what she told TMZ. She began with an apology, saying: "I said that people should stop trying to steal white people's superheroes. I guess it got taken out of context because a lot of people got offended or whatever. But, like, I have a tendency to speak without a filter. Sorry about that."

She continued: "What I really meant was that...I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white and that can come up with their own mythology. It doesn't matter what culture you come from. 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 a Latin character, I think that people should stop being lazy and people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology. It's not about taking Catwoman or Superman or Green Lantern or whatever these characters are, and trying to make them fit to whatever cultural background you are. It should be more creative than that and I think people need to stop being lazy and that's what I meant by my comment." She concluded: "Stop trying to take what's already there and try to fit a culture into it. I think it's time to write our own mythology and our own story."

Rodriguez will be seen again as Letty Ortiz on the big screen on April 3 when Furious 7 begins hitting the theaters.

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