Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke out about cancel culture, in particular past criticisms and complaints of colorism.
The man behind musical hits like “Hamilton”, “In The Heights” or “Tick, Tick… Boom!” He spoke with The New Yorker for a long interview in which he discussed both his career and the film he directed about John Larson, an aspiring playwright who would go on creating “Rent.”
The interviewer asked the creator about his past criticisms, including the colorism controversy surrounding the release of “In The Heights” earlier this year. In a Twitter statement, Miranda apologized for not including more dark-skinned Afro-Latinos in the film’s cast, especially in the leading roles.
“For sure. Every time you make a frame, people are going to point out what’s not in the frame. He told the outlet that he went on and made the next thing. “That’s all that you can do, keep your head down and keep making s—.”
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The actor, director, and writer discussed cancel culture. He explained that he believes that opposing opinions are often misunderstood as “cancellation.”
“Once something has success, you’re not the underdog trying to make it happen anymore. You have to graduate past the mind-set of, like, It’s a miracle I got something on the stage. Because that’s what I am expected to do. People say, “Yeah! But what about this?” And what about this? And that’s fair! He explained that he does this with art he finds lacking. “It’s not cancellation. That’s having opinions. So I try my best to accept it in that spirit.”
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The star explained that he still struggles to understand the concept of not changing his art to meet criticism.
“The problem I find myself in is how can I keep hungry? How can I feel like there is something I can contribute and not worry about the negative aspects? I’m just trying to build the frame in the first place. I have learned many lessons from the reactions to my work, whether they were positive or negative. You try to absorb everything, and what sticks in your gut is what will you take with you to your next project.
He concluded: “If you get yourself into a place of fear, of ‘What are people going to say about what I write?’ you’re f—ed. It’s over. And that’s a place I have to really push past now in a different way. At the end of the day, you can’t control how the world receives something. Only you can control your intentions.
Miranda apologized for colorism comments on “In The Heights” and explained that he was torn between wanting his critics to hear him and representing Washington Heights, New York City, while also wanting to be proud to have made the movie.
Source: Fox News