Rita Moreno is walking back her comments defending “In the Heights” after facing controversy.
Moreno defending Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film “In the Heights” after criticism about the erasure of Afro-Latino people. The main critique is that the film centers around Washington Heights yet the cast does not represent the full spectrum of people who call Washington Heights home.
“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,” Moren said in a subsequent tweet. “See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks – RITA”
Moreno’s apology is after an appearance on the Colbert Show.
“It’s like you can never do right it seems,” Moreno said. “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’m thrilled to pieces, and I’m proud that he produced my documentary.”
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