Long before he became Alexander Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda was best known for creating “In the Heights,” a Tony-award-winning Broadway musical hailed for its celebration and representation of Latin culture. Oh, how times have changed!
Last week, a film adaptation of “In the Heights” debuted and some people are not happy. Lin-Manuel Miranda is being accused of something called “colorism” as his predominantly Latin cast is not deemed dark enough in skin tone.
The backlash over the lack of “Afro-Latino” characters caused quite a stir, but rather than embracing the fact he is a successful Latino who made a movie and Broadway show about Latin culture, Miranda decided to do the only thing cancel culture allows for; beg for forgiveness.
“I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback. I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy," Miranda’s statement continues. "In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I’m truly sorry. I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening."
Ironic, considering Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote this over 20 years ago as a result of him feeling unseen as a Latino. "I started writing ‘In the Heights’ because I didn’t feel seen. And over the past 20 years all I wanted was for us — ALL of us — to feel seen…”
I mean, if the guy who wrote "Hamilton," a hip-hop play about the founding fathers featuring a black George Washington isn’t good enough for the woke police, I don’t know who is? #Truthbomber