Michelle Rodriguez has sparked controversy by telling minority actors to get their own superheroes… after being linked to the Green Lantern.
It’s one of the more ludicrous comic book rumours to have done the rounds lately – Michelle Rodriguez was said to be linked to the role of Green Lantern. That is, after some throwaway comments led to TMZ asking her about the role.
But what she said next seems to have landed her in hot water.
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Speaking to TMZ, the Fast and Furious actress debunked rumours that she’s up for the role of the Green Lantern… and infuriated the masses with comments about minority superheroes.
“That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard,” she said. “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?”
Obviously, with diversity in comic book movies becoming an increasingly popular issue, it seems Rodriguez has managed to anger plenty of fans.
After all, some of the biggest comic book movies have changed white characters in favour of minority actors – most recently, with the casting of Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch in Fantastic Four.
But now the 36-year-old actress has decided to clarify exactly what she meant…
“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 that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology.”
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“It’s time to stop – stop trying to take what’s already there and fit a culture into it. I think that it’s time for us to write our own mythology and our own stories – every culture. That’s what I really meant and I’m sorry if it came off as lewd or stupid. It’s not what I meant.”
Of course, her comments do make some sense. Perhaps not the bit about being lazy… but maybe it’s time to see more original minority superheroes. With Marvel’s Black Panther and Captain Marvel just around the corner, it looks as though that’s on its way.
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