“Real Time” host Bill Maher hit on Lin-Manuel Miranda Friday night for the Broadway star’s apologies for an apparent lack of diversity in the film adaptation of his musical “In the Heights.”
Earlier this week, the creator of “Hamilton” took to Twitter, responding to backlash that his new film lacked Afro-Latino performers.
“I started writing ‘In the Heights’ because I didn’t feel like I was being seen. And for the past 20 years, all I wanted was for us – all of us – to feel seen, ”Miranda’s statement began. “I see the discussion around Afro-Latino portrayal in our film this weekend and it’s clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don’t feel sufficiently represented, especially among the lead roles.
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“I can hear the pain and frustration with the colourism, always feeling invisible in the comments,” he continued. “I’ve heard that without a dark enough Afro-Latino portrayal, the work seems to extract the community we so wanted to represent with pride and joy. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we failed. I am really sorry. I’m learning from feedback, thank you for raising it, and I’m listening. I promise to do better in my future projects. “
But Maher did not like the statement, who urged Miranda to “stop apologizing.”
“Please stop apologizing. You are the guy who made the Founding Fathers black and Hispanic! Maher exclaimed during the show’s roundtable. “I don’t think you have to apologize to Twitter! For God’s sake. That’s why people hate Democrats.
CNN commentator Paul Begala responded by saying that the crowd “can’t seem to distinguish between oversight and contempt,” pointing to legitimate issues like health and financial disparities between black and white Americans.
“This is outrage and the Liberals should be focusing on that, not the casting choices of, I think, a heroic guy making a movie about a minority community,” Begala said.
“Alright,” Maher agreed.
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New York Times reporter Jane Coaston argued that “nothing will have changed” since the apology sought from Miranda and that “we will do it all again forever.”
“We’ve always been crazy about things because being crazy – it’s an irreplaceable resource. We will never stop being crazy about things, ”Coaston told Maher. “But I think it’s time to recognize how sometimes when people are crazy on the Internet, you have to identify who is crazy, do they vote, do they have the power, do they have the power to vote on things that could change these true lived experiences of communities of color. And if they don’t, you’re just kind of like ‘meh.’ “
Maher agreed that people “used to get angry,” but what’s different about social media is that “people don’t have a habit of crawling and apologizing like that ”.
“Obviously, he felt it was important enough for him to apologize,” Maher explained. “Do I think he really thinks he needs to apologize?” I do not do it. He just wants to avoid the news cycle. I don’t blame him, you know. I understand that, but at some point people are going to have to stand up to these bullies because that is what it is! It is intimidation. It’s ‘I could make you crawl like a dog and I like that.’ “
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The ‘Real Time’ host continued, “I mean, he’s a Latino making a Latino movie with a Latino cast – not good enough!” Nothing is ever good enough for these people! They are like children. We are not raising our children properly and this is reflected in the media. No one ever says to their kids, ‘Shut up your shit, sit down, listen to your elders, stop shit.’ ”