Lin-Manuel Miranda addresses claims of colorism in his new film: "I'm truly sorry"

Lin-Manuel Miranda addresses claims of colorism in his new film: "I'm truly sorry"

The playwright took to Twitter to address the criticism of 'In the Heights'.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is responding to the criticism of his new film. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda (right) and Jon M. Chu (left)

The celebrated playwright recently made his directorial debut with In the Heights, which takes place in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Upper Manhattan and is regarded as a celebration of Latino community. 

However, several critics accused the film of colorism for it's lack of representation for the neighborhood's Afro-Latino population. On Monday, Miranda took to Twitter to address the backlash.

A scene from 'In the Heights'

"I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling unseen in the feedback", he wrote. "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."

Miranda continued, saying that he's "learning from the feedback" and assured critics that he's "listening".

"I’m trying to hold space for both the incredible pride in the movie we made and be accountable for our shortcomings", he concluded. "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."

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