Macall Polay/Warner Bros. Pictures. Anthony Ramos, left, and Melissa Barrera in Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘In the Heights.’
The arrival of In the Heights at cinemas last week was billed as a milestone for Hollywood. It is a film with a Latino cast, set in a diverse neighbourhood and adapted from the musical of the same name by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who told the story of a nation of immigrants in Hamilton.
Yet now the playwright and actor has issued an apology for the film not including enough black Latino actors in the cast.
The film has been accused of colourism, a prejudice against people with darker skin tones in the same ethnic group; some people felt the film should have acknowledged colourism in the Latino community.