Lin-Manuel Miranda has been forced to apologize for a lack of Afro-Latino representation in his new hit film, “In the Heights” set in the “largely Dominican Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City“:
Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses Lack of Afro-Latino Representation in ‘In the Heights’: ‘We Fell Short’ https://t.co/ENlCRb67gh
— Variety (@Variety) June 14, 2021
You see, there were “dark-skinned Afro-Latinos” in the film, but only in the background:
"In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short," Lin-Manuel Miranda said. "I'm truly sorry."
"In The Heights" has been criticized for featuring dark-skinned Afro-Latinos in background and dance scenes but not in main roles. https://t.co/684STqQhOj
— CNN (@CNN) June 15, 2021
“I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen,” he said in his apology:
"I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback." https://t.co/M0MzpmT1my
— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) June 15, 2021
“No one is safe”:
No one is safe. Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for lack of Afro-Latino representation in 'In the Heights' https://t.co/AAp9POe5UZ
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 15, 2021
Here’s the full statement:
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 14, 2021
And note that many media outlets are misquoting Miranda who wrote “Afro-Latino,” not “Afro-Latinx”:
'We fell short': Lin-Manuel Miranda is sorry for 'In the Heights' Afro-Latinx erasure https://t.co/dXBkETU1u6
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 15, 2021
— The Root (@TheRoot) June 9, 2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda apologized for the lack of Black Latinx main characters in his blockbuster movie adaptation of “In The Heights,” which hit theaters last week to great acclaim.https://t.co/DBXmvQ6Jmn
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 15, 2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the film “In the Heights,” apologized to fans Monday for the lack of dark-skinned Latinx actors in prominent roles.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 15, 2021
Maybe he’ll next get canceled for leaving off the “x”?