Story at a glance

  • "In the Heights" is a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda based on a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes that tells the story of a New York community.
  • The film was released in theaters and on HBO Max on June 10.
  • After criticism that the casting in the film did not accurately represent the demographics of the neighborhood, Miranda is apologizing.

Just days after the film version of his musical “In the Heights” was released, Lin-Manuel Miranda is already apologizing for the alleged colorism in the film, which represents a part of New York City shaped by the immigrants who have lived there.  

"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. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short," said Miranda in a post on Twitter. 


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The film tells the story of the Latino community in Washington Heights, which has long been home to immigrants coming to the Big Apple to make it in America. While many members of the cast, which includes names like Brooklyn-99's Stephanie Beatriz and singer Marc Anthony, are part of this community themselves, many noticed that they were primarily light-skinned, despite the presence of Afro-Latinos in the neighborhood. 


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This isn't the first time Miranda's productions have come under such scrutiny. The highly acclaimed musical "Hamilton" was cast color blind — but still told white history by erasing the role of Black and other people of color during the American Revolution — especially women. 

“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, " he said in the post. 


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Published on Jun 15, 2021