Soon after the movie premiered on HBO Max on June 10 and in theaters on June 11, some social media users and critics began to point out the dominance of light-skinned Latino actors featured throughout the movie, with critics observing that Black Latinx actors were primarily cast as background players in large-scale musical sequences.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the 2008 Broadway stage production on which Jon M. Chu’s movie is based. His apology reads as follows:
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.
I’m seeing the discussion