Far-left activists targeted ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin Manuel-Miranda this week for a “lack of Afro-Latino representation” in his latest project “In the Heights.”
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
"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 in the feedback." https://t.co/M0MzpmT1my
— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) June 15, 2021
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 14, 2021
The Broadway superstar released a statement on Twitter shortly after the criticism surfaced online.
“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,” Miranda’s statement begins. “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 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,” Miranda’s statement continues. “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.”
Read Manuel-Miranda’s full statement above.
ERIC TRUMP: Businesses That Sever Ties with Trump Organization Bowing to ‘Cancel Culture’
Eric Trump ripped dozens of large corporations this week after they severed ties the Trump Organization after last week’s Capitol Hill incursion; saying the companies are simply bowing to “cancel culture.”
— The Hill (@thehill) January 14, 2021
“We live in the age of cancel culture, but this isn’t something that started this week. It is something that they have been doing to us and others for years,” Trump told The Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. “If you disagree with them, if they don’t like you, they try and cancel you.”
“You have a man who would get followed to the ends of the Earth by a hundred million Americans. He created the greatest political movement in American history and his opportunities are endless,” he added.
Read the full report here.
GABBARD: End Result of Cancel Culture in America Will Resemble ‘Islamist Terror Groups Like ISIS’
Former Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard weighed-in this week on the escalating use of “cancel culture” to crackdown on free speech; saying the end result will resemble “ISIS and al Qaeda.”
“When you look at the foundation of our democracy, it is based on this ideal, this principle of freedom, freedom of speech, freedom for every single one of us to be able to share our ideas and debate them, to argue them, to agree or to disagree, to pick and choose in this marketplace of ideas, those that we deem to be right or wrong to be superior or inferior and even for those ideas that may be misleading or dangerous, that in this free marketplace, we have the right to then defeat those ideas with superior ones,” Gabbard said.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 10, 2021
“So, let’s look down the path and say, ‘Okay, well, where does this cancel culture lead us?’ You see the final expression of cancel culture in Islamist terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda who basically go and behead those who … they deem to be infidels or heretics,” she added.
Read the full report here.