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Outrage Watch: Michelle Rodriguez takes heat over superhero comments

Welcome to the March 2, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Michelle Rodriguez is really really sorry, kind of.

After calling rumors that she'd been tapped to play the Green Lantern “the dumbest thing I've ever heard,” the “Fast & Furious” star followed up by taking aim at fan demand for color-blind casting in superhero movies: “I think it's so stupid… this whole minorities in Hollywood thing, it's so stupid,” she told TMZ. “It's like, stop stealing all the white people's superheroes. Make up your own.” Uh-oh!

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Rodriguez addressed the controversy by kind of apologizing via Facebook Monday: “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 the people should stop being lazy, and that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology,” she said.

Cesar Vargas, founder of UPLIFTT (United People for Latinos in Film TV and Theater), offered the following rebuttal: “Those people who complain about minorities not getting roles are the same ones who managed to fight for you to get in through the door,” he wrote in part. “People before us fought for the right for us to exist and be treated like human beings and they were accused just the same of being lazy and chronic complainers.”

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