RYAN Guzman, who stars in first-responder drama 9-1-1, is facing major backlash after admitting he often uses racial slurs.
It comes amid protests happening across the country for racial equality.
The 32-year-old actor, who plays LAFD firefighter Edmundo ‘Eddie’ Diaz in the Fox show, took to Instagram on Sunday to make the shocking revelation.
“I have plenty of friends, black, white, Asian, Indian, whatever they are, Korean… and we make fun of each other’s races all the time,” he told the camera.
We call each other slurs all the time,” he continued.
“We don’t get butthurt at all because we know the actual person, we know who each other are. We know that we’re not trying to bring each other down. So, what are y’all trying to get at? You’re trying to prove that somebody that’s not racist is racist?”
He added: “Nah. You don’t have that power. There is no racist energy coming from this household at all.”
Guzman – who also played Jake in Pretty Little Liars – made the Instagram Live in an apparent bid to defend his actress fiancée Chrysti Ane, after it was revealed that she had used the N-word, from a tweet that she posted in 2011.
Ane, 26, had issued an official apology over tweets from 2011, where she revealed that she used the N-word with her African American friends.
She wrote: “I made tons of black friends, listened to music that used slurs, watched black comedians that freely used the word, and I felt accepted by the black community,” on Sunday.
She added: “At the time none of my friends found it offensive, but I must say I also didn’t fully comprehend the WEIGHT of the word. I didn’t comprehend the history, the struggles, the oppression.”
Guzman, after receiving backlash from the video, attempted to clarify what he meant by “slurs”.
“I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt for my misuse of ‘slurs.” he backtracked.
“I should have said we make fun of each other’s ‘stereotype.’ My friends black friends will tell me to go mow a lawn or hop the border.”
“Out of context that seems racist asf but I know my friends mean no harm. Let me be clear cut. I do not use the n word because it’s not mine to use. My true friends of all races know that,” the actor added.
He later posted a link on how to help contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The former Step Up star wrote: “I’m done with defending myself or my family to people who are as quick to judge as they are to condemn.
“Let me get back to the real topic and help out any way I can to the black community. I’ve already donated to 1 organization. Here’s another. Please help.”
His friend, and 9-1-1 co-star Oliver Stark responded to the controversy on Twitter.
“I can tell you that my opinion is there is absolutely no excuse for the use of the N-word,” Stark wrote.
He continued: “It belongs to the Black community only and I absolutely don’t agree with it being used by anyone else under any circumstances.”
Guzman and his Brazilian actress fiancée, share son Mateo, who was born in January 2019.