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08/08/2015 11:34 am ET

Gina Rodriguez Schools Bullies On Social Media Hate, Is A Queen

"When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up."

Gina Rodriguez, star of "Jane the Virgin" and all around gorgeous and talented gal, took some unwarranted heat this week after posting her People en Español cover on Instagram.

Apparently, some of her 327,000 followers and/or general Instagram peepers did not like Rodriguez's smiling image and chose to respond with hateful comments.

But Gina Rodriguez is not one to take bullying in silence.

The 31-year-old posted another photo from her People shoot, this time addressing the negative and spiteful comments she had received, wondering -- rightfully so -- "When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up."

"I refuse to participate in that kind of world," Rodriguez wrote. "Before you write a comment today on anyone's picture or anyone's page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met?"

The Golden Globe winner has been vocal in the past about issues she believes in, among them the importance of diversity and body confidence.

"We live in an industry where the desire to be something that you're not sells," she told HuffPost Live in April. "But why can't we make the desire to be what you are sell? Why can't we make that profitable?" 

In May, the actress participated in The Hollywood Reporter's comedy actress roundtable and spoke about the lack of roles for actresses of color.

"I remove myself instantly if something's perpetuating a stereotype," Rodriguez said. "But the only way to stop stereotypes is to say, 'I'm going to wait for a journey that suits me.' When you compromise, you don't do your best work. You're only left with your integrity."

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