Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologized after criticizing the “colorism” in his new film “In The Heights”.
The 41-year-old star co-wrote the musical after which the film was adapted, and has now responded publicly after some critics raised concerns about a lack of representation for the Afro-Latin population of the Washington Heights neighborhood.
On social media, he said in a statement: “I started writing ‘In The Heights’ because I didn’t feel like I was being seen. And for the last 20 years I wanted – ALL – to feel seen.
“I see the discussion of Afro-Latino representation in our film this weekend and it’s clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community feel under-represented in it, especially among the lead characters.
“I can hear the pain and frustration with the colorism of still feeling unseen in the feedback.
“I hear that without enough dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work gets out of the community that we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy.”
Lin-Manuel said the team “missed” and thanked people for “raising” their concerns.
He continued: “In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we came up short. I’m really sorry.
“I’m learning from the feedback, thank you for bringing it up, and I’m listening.”
The star, who plays Piragüero in the film and also acts as a producer after writing the music for the original Broadway show, noted that he is still very proud of the film, despite acknowledging the need “for our shortcomings to be responsible “.
He added, “I try to both give space to the incredible pride in the film we made and to be responsible for our shortcomings.
“Thank you for your honest feedback. I promise to get better on my future projects, and I am dedicated to the learning and development that everyone must do to ensure we honor our diverse and vibrant community.”