Known for being one of the most outspoken, fearless women in Hollywood, there are few people left on the face of the planet who Michelle Rodriguez is yet to personally offend. Finding fame at the tender age of 22 in her breakout role in Girlfight (2000) which won her the Independent Spirit Award, Michelle went on to star in the apparently endless Fast and the Furious franchise, Avatar, Resident Evil, Lost and Machete to name but a few.
Nearly always playing some sort of courageous, spunky bad-ass, it wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination to imagine she is typecast in these roles because they resonate with some part of her rebellious personality. Expelled from five different schools, dropping out of high school at sixteen and spending a total of twenty six days in prison for four different felonies mostly related to speeding, Michelle is not the kind of woman you want to enrage in the vicinity of any sharp objects.
With a strong history of upsetting large swathes of people at once, we take a look at every time Michelle Rodriguez managed to offend a huge swathe of the human race.
1. When She Told Minority Groups To Stop Stealing 'White People's Superheroes'
When asked by TMZ whether she might be cast as DC's Green Lantern, Michelle answered with quite a shocking, unexpected and deeply offensive retort. Immediately shutting the question down, Michelle stated:
“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Because of this whole ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing ... It’s so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own.”
Failing to appreciate the colossal prejudice already in favor of white roles within Hollywood, Michelle also feigned total ignorance over how important it is for minorities to find representation within an existing superhero tradition that is predominantly white.
She did however post a lengthy apology video to her Facebook in which she stated:
"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, you know, that people should actually make an effort in Hollywood to develop their own mythology."
Which, to be honest, while we somewhat get her point, really didn't help things. And neither did this tweet which again reinforced her stereotype that the reason minorities aren't being represent in Hollywood isn't because the system is rigged, it's because they're too lazy to "create their own mythology:"
2. When She Took Hallucinogenic Drugs And Said She Was Jealous Paul Walker Died Before Her
When the documentary The Reality Of Truth was looking for interviewees to ingest a highly hallucinogenic drug called Ayahuasca which is used by Native American shamans on camera, Michelle of course thought she'd make a perfect candidate. However, whilst tripping she came to realize that the grief she felt over losing Fast and Furious co-star and good friend Paul Walker was more than just about grieving his loss, she was also jealous that he'd died before her:
“I’ll tell you that my Ayahuasca trip made me sad that he left me here..It wasn’t a sadness that he’s gone, it’s more like a jealousy that he’s there first.”
Here's a moving trailer for the documentary in which Michelle tells us she's just trying to 'touch souls, one at a time:'
3. When She Took The Leading Role In A Transphobic Film
More recently, Michelle has been causing floods of controversy over her decision to star in upcoming film (Re)assignment in which she plays the role of Frank Kitchen, a male hitman who is turned into a woman at the hands of a rogue surgeon called The Doctor who is lamentably played by Sigourney Weaver. Obviously offending the trans community by making gender assignment surgery a cheap entertainment ploy and undermining the recent strides to gain more positive trans representation in Hollywood, Michelle seems unable to understand how this film may be seen as offensive.
Speaking to TMZ, Rodriguez defended her decision to star in the film, saying that:
"I'm bisexual. I would never in my life do anything to hurt the LGBT community,"
This naturally caused further outcry that firstly she was using her identification as a bisexual cis woman to justify the movie's rather damaging premise, and secondly that she still remains entirely ignorant of the idea that if you're going to make a film about a trans character, you should hire a trans actor for the role.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton quite aptly summed it up when he said:
“We get where she’s coming from, but there’s a huge difference between creative edginess and exploiting gender reassignment as a plot device for an action flick.”
Her transphobic beliefs were again put in the spotlight when she decided to wade into the debate about South African runner Caster Semenya during the Rio Paralympics, suggesting there should be a separate category for transexual athletes. Oh Michelle, for the love of God, please, just stop.
4. When She Implied Lesbianism Was A Result Of 'Daddy Issues'
If Michelle has a PR agent, they must be going bald from stress. Taking to Instagram to share this profound image of Disney's Cinderella and Ariel locking lips, she went on to imply their apparent attraction to each other was the result of Cinderella being "raised by three fairy lesbians" and Ariel having "daddy issues." If she hadn't publicly come out as bisexual, this would be clearly homophobic, but the fact that she has almost makes it worse seeing as she should be trying to help rally against these stereotypes.
5. When She Ate A Mouse Stewed In Her Own Urine
Whilst starring on the show Running Wild with notorious survival obsessive Bear Grylls, Michelle was told to make a urine mouse soup because there wasn't enough water to make a soup for their dinner. Not wanting to disappoint, Michelle proceeded to urinate on a mouse, boil it, and then eat both the mouse and her urine which she ultimately said 'tasted a bit like chicken.'