Bill Maher had some advice to give to Lin-Manuel Miranda and it was to stop apologizing to bullies who take joy in making people crawl like a dog in shame for every move they make.
Miranda is now taking heat for his new film, ‘In the Heights’, a musical about the Washington Heights area of New York City. However, the movie made the mistake of not having Afro-Latinx representation, making Miranda fodder for the internet.
The director took to Twitter to address the issue,
“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’m seeing the discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film this weekend and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don’t feel sufficiently represented within it, particularly among the leading roles. I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen and 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. 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. I’m trying to hold space for both the incredible pride in the movie we made and be accountable for our shortcomings. Thanks for your honest feedback. I promise to do better in my future projects and I’m dedicated to the learning and evolving we all have to do to make sure we are honoring our diverse and vibrant community.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda Caves To Heat About His New Film – Bill Maher Tells Him Not To Give Into Bullies
Maher responded to the situation by saying, “You’re the guy who made the founding fathers Black and Hispanic! I don’t think you have to apologize to Twitter. I think that he just wants to avoid the news cycle, and I don’t blame him. This is why people hate Democrats; It’s cringey.”
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