Rita Moreno says she's "incredibly disappointed" in herself over In The Heights comments

Rita Moreno
EGOT winner Rita Moreno made a statement on social media tonight saying she was "incredibly disappointed" in herself after making comments on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night regarding the colorism controversy dropped in The Heights. During the interview, Moreno made (apparently unsolicited) criticism of the film for its lack of Afro-Latino representation, including specific criticisms of her friend and sometimes associate Lin-Manuel Miranda. Praising Miranda for “bringing Latinoness and Puerto Ricanism to America”, Moreno said, “You can never get it right, it seems ... I'm just saying, can't you just wait a while and leave it alone? There are many people who are puertorriqueños who are also from Guatemala who are dark and fair too. We are all colors in Puerto Rico. And so it is, and it would be so nice if they hadn't come up with that and had left it alone for now. "
Moreno now said that she disapproved of these comments - which were criticized online and which contrasted with Miranda herself, who had apologized for the film's handling of race and skin color - “clearly disapproving of the black life that matters in our Latin American community is, finds. "While realizing that she intended what she said about Colbert as a defense of Miranda (who, among other things, recently co-produced a new documentary about her), Moreno said," It's so easy to forget how celebration will lament for some others. "
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Questions about the cast and portrayal of In The Heights have been piling up since the movie's first online trailer last year, but have come into focus over the past week after our colleagues at The Root asked the stars and director about the subject . Director Jon M. Chu called questions about the film's focus on fairer skinned actors “a fair conversation” while also saying, “We're not going to get everything right in a movie. We did our best on all fronts. "Miranda apologized more comprehensively, including," I'm really sorry. I learn from the feedback, thank you for bringing it up, and I am listening. "
In her own apology, Moreno praised Miranda, saying, "I not only want to applaud Lin for his wonderful film version of In The Heights, but also add my appreciation for his sensitivity and determination, the Afro-Latino community is leading the way." She ended on a joke and remarked, "See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks."
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Rita Moreno
Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and actress
Lin-Manuel Miranda
American actor and musician
Stephen Colbert
American comedian

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