Over the weekend, actress Michelle Rodriguez came across TMZ’s camera people in Hollywood and when asked if she was taking over the Green Lantern role, she gave an interesting reply.

“That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard,” she the reporter. “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?”

That comment was met with a ton of backlash online, especially since people have complained about Hollywood’s lack of diversity. Many people felt that as a Latina, Rodriguez’s comments were asinine and problematic. Rodriguez posted a video on Facebook to clarify her comments.

“I guess it got taken out of context, because a lot of people got offended or whatever,” she said. “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. And I think there are many cultures in Hollywood that are not white that can come up with their own mythology. I think it’s time for us to write our own mythology.”

On one hand, we all know Hollywood is lazy. So turning a white superhero character into a female or non-white character is the easy way out, and doesn’t require Hollywood to actually ‘make’ something new. Hollywood is known for reinventing the wheel with remakes, reboots, and stealing from other countries.

But on the other hand, until Hollywood actually gets some type of originality, I’m all for reboots and remakes using women and people of color in the roles. But don’t hold your breath for Hollywood to all of a sudden become filled with originality. Until then, we’re stuck with Rodriguez playing the same type of roles, in a black tank top.

Image Credit: Michelle Rodriguez Twitter

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  • Her comments are ironic. There is a Justice League
    cartoon with the Green Lantern shown as a African American. Her comments to say
    that a black man playing the Green Lantern as “dumbest thing she ever hear”
    shows what we need to know about her. It is not dumb or stupid to see black
    people playing heroes whether it is based on cartoon or if we develop our own
    unique character. Michelle Rodriguez ought to know something called the freedom
    of speech and the freedom expression. Fictional stories are by definition fiction,
    therefore if black people want to play a fictional character; it is not
    immoral. That is not evil. She knows better. She knows what it is like to experience racism and stereotyped by people. There is nothing with black people showing our own
    unique stories and mythologies, but many European mythological stories have
    origins from African culture. Cubism has its roots from African culture. Many
    Latin American musical expression have origin from African culture. Therefore,
    culture is complex and many white supremacists have stolen our culture for
    economic exploitation. If we want change, then we have the right to express our
    stories irrespective of the expectations of Hollywood or mainstream systems of
    control. We develop our own Matrix. Yet, that doesn’t mean that black actors playing fictional characters is equivalent to our culture being stolen. I disagree with Michelle.

  • Serra Kamanga

    It’s true though that Hollywood steals their stories and ideas and adapts them to their own country. How come they can take an English medium show from UK or Australia and can’t handle the language and adapt it for their people, but also expect everyone to love and understand their language and culture. It shouldn’t be one way and not the other.
    What I don’t understand is their lack of originality of late. It’s the age of adaptations. Most of the things being made on film are not even from or for the film industry. All the books and comics are being adapted into glossy films for Hollywood. It means they can be lazy and don’t come up with their own stories anymore.
    Michelle’s comments are right and wrong to each of us in some way.
    What I think is that we should come up with our own stories and comic heroes. Why not, the ones out there are of a different time and different culture. Fore every country we need our own heroes to look up to whether they come with tights or just a movement of inspiration.

  • D1Mind

    Black folks invented the concept of the ‘super heru/hero’ so she is absolutely right. But like being tokens and not real bosses….

  • Rizzo

    it may be that Michelle Rodriguez might be a victim of her dna.