Bill Maher Speaks Out Against Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Controversy

The movie has started a big controversy

Comedian Bill Maher weighed on the controversy surrounding Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights.

The film, written by Miranda and directed by Jon M. Chu Lin, came out on June 10 and immediately stirred a massive colorism row.

In the Heights is set in Washington Heights, a mainly Latino neighbourhood in New York. Everything was apparently good with the musical, except for the lack of Black Latinx actors.

Lin-Manuel Miranda even apologized for the lack of diversity in In the Heights

Miranda shared a lengthy note on Twitter apologizing for not using actors of Afro-Latino backgrounds.

“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.”

He said he hears the “hurt and frustration over colorism” and of “feeling still unseen”.

“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,” he said. “I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening.”

Miranda added he promises to do better in the future, and that he’s “dedicated” to the “learning and evolving”.

Bill Maher feels Lin-Manuel shouldn’t be apologizing

Lin-Manuel Miranda took the criticism in his stride and apologized timely. But Bill Maher feels he shouldn’t be apologizing in the first place.

“Stop the apologizing,” said Maher on Real Time‘s panel discussion. “You’re the guy who made the founding fathers Black and Hispanic! I don’t think you have to apologize to Twitter.”

“Do I think that he really thinks he should apologize? I don’t. I think that he just wants to avoid the news cycle, and I don’t blame him.”

He went on, “I mean he’s a Latino making a Latino movie with a Latino cast. Not good enough! Nothing is ever good enough for these people.

Maher ended by saying the Hamilton creator and others must stand up to these bullies and cancel culture supporters. “People are going to have to stand up to these bullies, because that’s what it is, bullying. It’s ‘I can make you crawl like a dog and I enjoy it.’”

Commentator Paul Begala also chimed in — saying people should focus on other important issues, and “not the casting choices of, I think, a heroic guy who’s making a film about a minority community.”

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