Rita Moreno -the 89-year-old star of ‘West Side Story- publicly apologized Thursday just hours after defending ‘In the Heights’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda after the Broadway star was accused of “colorism” in his projects.
“You can never do right, it seems,” Moreno told Stephen Colbert. “This is the man who literally has brought Latino-ness and Puerto Rican-ness to American. I couldn’t do it. I’d love to say I did but I couldn’t. Lin-Manuel has done that really single-handedly.”
“Well, I’m simply saying, can’t you just wait a while and leave it alone?” she said. “There’s a lot of people who are Puerto Rican who are also from Guatemala who are dark and who are also fair. We are all colors in Puerto Rico. This is how it is. It would be so nice if they hadn’t come up with that and left it alone, just for now. They’re really attacking the wrong person.”
Hours later, Moreno issued the following statement.
In addition to applauding Lin for his wonderful movie version of In The Heights, let me add my appreciation for his sensitivity and resolve to be more inclusive of the Afro-Latino community going forward. See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks – RITA
— Rita Moreno (@TheRitaMoreno) June 17, 2021
“I’m incredibly disappointed with myself. While making a statement in defense of Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Colbert Show last night, I was clearly dismissive of black lives that matter in our Latin community. It is so easy to forget how celebration for some is lament for others,” writes Moreno.
“In addition to applauding Lin for his wonderful movie version of In The Heights, let me add my appreciation for his sensitivity and resolve to be more inclusive of the Afro-Latino community going forward. See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks – RITA,” she concluded.
Read the full report at Fox News.
LEFT TARGETS LIN: Lin Manuel-Miranda Under Fire for ‘Lack of Afro-Latino Representation’
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.
CANCELED! Portland Theater Pulls ‘Kindergarten Cop’ Over Claims Film Promotes ‘Over-Policing in Schools’
A movie theater in Portland, Oregon was forced to pull their screenings of beloved family film ‘Kindergarten Cop’ over complaints the classic comedy promotes “over-policing” in schools.
“The Northwest Film Center announced this week it would pull the 1990 film starring Schwarzenegger as a detective who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to bust a drug dealer,” reports the NY Post.
BREAKING: Kindergarten Cop has been cancelled in Portland after complaints it is a pro-cop movie https://t.co/Uo1Fl1q1Y2
— AntifaBook.com (@JackPosobiec) August 5, 2020
“Yes, KINDERGARTEN COP is only a movie. So are BIRTH OF A NATION and GONE WITH THE WIND, but we recognize films like those are not ‘good family fun,’” posted an angry user on social media.
“They are relics of how pop culture feeds racist assumptions. KINDERGARTEN COP romanticizes over-policing in the U.S.,” they added.
Read the full report at the New York Post.