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Gabrielle Union Speaks On Mistakes She Feels She Made Within Her Role On Bring It On,” Black girls Aren’t Allowed To Be Angry. Certainly Not Demonstratively Angry, And I Muzzled Her,”


Bring It On is arguably one of the most beloved films ever created within the early Y2K era!

Though we can go on for days about our favorite scenes, jokes, choreography and practice routines, the core of the film that allows it be relevant to this day is the impactful conversations it amplified surrounding the issues of cultural appropriation.

It’s been over 20 years since Bring It On debut in theaters and fans have continued to show an outpour of love to the legendary character of the cheerleading queen Isis played by Gabrielle Union.

Despite receiving much praise for the role Gabrielle has recently apologized for her failure to accurately characterize Isis.

In an interview with Good Morning America Gabrielle says, “I do think it was a mistake. I was given full range to do whatever I wanted with Isis in ‘Bring It On,’ and I chose respectability and to be classy and take the high road, because I felt like that would make her be appropriate — the right kind of black girl,”

She continues, “Black girls aren’t allowed to be angry. Certainly not demonstratively angry, and I muzzled her. I would have allowed her her full humanity, and part of being a full human is the ability to express rage when harmed.@

“When you don’t really allow yourself your full range of emotion and you muzzle your own emotions, it allows people to think, ‘Maybe what I did wasn’t that bad.’ I would have given her all the anger.”

According to the NY post, Gabrielle even apologized to the beloved character within her newest memoir, “You Got Something Stronger?’

“I had muzzled her and made her this gracious, decent leader, and I was still a villain in that movie. I did all that shape-shifting for a character, and then I realized I was doing that to myself, too. I wasn’t allowing myself the full range of my humanity.”

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