The box-office success of ‘In The Heights,’ the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, has been followed by a wave of criticism from the dark-skinned Afro-Latino community for the lack of representation.
The play, written by Miranda when he was 19, premiered on Broadway in 2008. After a long and arduous journey, the film adaptation has been a success, especially for breaking the mold in the representation of Latinos on screen.
However, Lin-Manuel Miranda assured to “hear” those who did not see themselves in his characters.
“I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback,” he wrote on Twitter. “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.”
“I’m truly sorry,” he added. “I’m learning from the feedback, and I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening. I’m trying to hold space for both the incredible pride in the movie we made and be accountable for our shortcomings.”
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 14, 2021