Rita Moreno defends Lin-Manuel Miranda against ‘In the Heights’ colorism criticism

Rita Moreno defends Lin-Manuel Miranda against ‘In the Heights’ colorism criticism
Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning actress Rita Moreno has come out in defense of “In the Heights” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda after the highly acclaimed musical was criticized for not accurately depicting the Afro-Latino community in Washington Heights.

“You can never do right, it seems,” Moreno told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show.” “This is the man who literally has brought Latino-ness and Puerto Rican-ness to America. I couldn’t do it. I mean, I would love to say I did, but I couldn’t. Lin-Manuel has done that, really single-handedly and I was thrilled to pieces and I’m proud that he produced my documentary.”

After Colbert suggested she might understand the criticism against “In the Heights,” but felt putting the blame on Miranda was misplaced, Moreno said, “Well, I’m simply saying, can’t you just wait a while and leave it alone? There
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