After coming to Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s defense when the choices for In The was criticized for a lack of dark-skinned Afro Latinos in the cast and leading roles, is rethinking her stance.

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The 89-year-old  appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, June 15, to promote her documentary Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, and brought up the In the Heights controversy.

“Can we talk for a second about that criticism about Lin-Manuel? That really upsets me,” she said.

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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.”

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“I would love to say I did, but I couldn’t,” she continued. “Lin-Manuel has done that really singlehandedly, and I’m thrilled. And I’m proud that he produced my documentary.”

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“There’s a lot of people who are Puertorriqueños, who are also from Guatemala, who are dark and who are also fair. We are all colors in Puerto Rico. And this is how it is, and it would be so nice if they hadn’t come up with that and just left it alone, just for now. I mean, they’re really attacking the wrong person,” she continued.

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However, the West Side Story star came around on Wednesday, June 16, and issued an apology.

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“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. See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks,” she added.

“Thank you for this. Thank you so much. I needed this statement from you. It has settled my heart. You are a legend. We have always loved you and always will… but this makes much more sense and gives me some peace. Abrazos,” one fan responded to the statement.

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“You’ve done right by your clarification and correction of your words. Kudos to you !, ¡Siempre en Victoria !” another said.

“I was disappointed, too, and appreciate your apology. I hope you use your clout and put in the work to back it up,” a third fan said.

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The criticism of Miranda’s Broadway musical heightened when The Root published a series of interviews with the director, Jon M. Chu, and stars Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera and Gregory Diaz IV where journalist Felice León asked about the casting decisions.

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“That’s a fair conversation to have. Listen, we’re not going to get everything right in a movie. We tried our best on all fronts of it,” Chu responded when asked about “folks who say that In the Heights privileges white-passing and light-skinned Latinx people.”

“In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short,” Miranda said in a statement.



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