In recent days, the producer Lin-Manuel Miranda has been between a rock and a hard place after the US premiere of his musical tape In the neighborhood (In The Heights). While the film has been warmly embraced by audiences and critics (it boasts a near-perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes), naysayers have emerged accusing it of not properly representing the Latino community in New York. On the other hand, Miranda has not been short of supporters as she grapples with this controversy.
The veteran Puerto Rican actor Rita Moreno has come to his defense during a recent media appearance. It was while chatting with conductor Stephen Colbert on The Late Show that the Oscar winner proposed to dedicate a space to talk about those accusations that surround Lin-Manuel Miranda, who in addition to being her friend, served as executive producer of the documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It. Regarding the controversy, Moreno first stated that “That really bothers me.”
“It seems that you can never do the right thing,” said the actress from West Side Story. «East [Miranda] He is the man who has literally brought Latinidad and the Puerto Rican condition to the United States. I couldn’t do it. I mean, I would love to say yes, but I couldn’t. Lin-Manuel did it, really alone, and I am excited and proud that he produced my documentary. “
In the neighborhood, directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Miranda, has been described as a musical film that celebrates Latino culture in the United States. However, indications have emerged that it does not really have a palpable representation of dark-skinned Afro-Latinos by not giving them enough visibility on the tape.
When faced with the question of whether she considers the reproaches directed at Lin-Manuel Miranda and the feature film distributed by Warner Bros. to be “out of place”, Rita Moreno answered the following:
I’m just saying, can’t you just wait a bit and leave it alone? There are many Puerto Rican people, who are also Guatemalan, who are dark and who are also blonde. We are of all colors in Puerto Rico. That’s the way it is, and it would be great if they hadn’t come out with it and left it for the peace, just for now. They really are attacking the wrong person«.
For his part, Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a statement on social networks a couple of days ago, where he apologizes to Afro-Latin people who have not felt well represented in the film. «I promise to do better in my future projects«Said the actor and producer of Puerto Rican descent.
«[En las críticas] I can hear the pain and frustration of ‘colorism’, of feeling invisible, “he added. «When trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. So sorry«.
In the neighborhood arrives in Mexican theaters this Thursday, June 17. Listen to the latest Cine PREMIERE podcast for first impressions of the highly anticipated feature film.