Bill Maher on Friday night urged Lin-Manuel Miranda to ‘stop apologizing’ and ‘stand up to the bullies’ after his film In the Heights was criticized for not having enough diversity, with Maher declaring: ‘This is why people hate Democrats.’
Miranda’s film, telling the story of a Hispanic community in New York City, was attacked for not having enough Afro-Latino actors.
On Monday the Hamilton creator issued a highly-apologetic statement, promising he would ‘do better’ in the future.
‘Please, stop apologizing,’ said Maher.
‘You’re the guy who made the Founding Fathers black and Hispanic!
‘I don’t think that you have to apologize to Twitter! For f***’s sake.
‘This is why people hate Democrats. It’s cringy.’
Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, on Friday night criticized Lin-Manuel Miranda for his Monday apology for the lack of diversity in his film In the Heights. Maher pointed out that Miranda, the Hamilton creator, had made an entire show about the Founding Fathers being black and Latino, and so had no need to apologize for racist casting
In the Heights tells the story of a group of Latinos living in Washington Heights, in the north of Manhattan. Miranda said it was based loosely on his own childhood experiences
Miranda, who was born in New York City and is of Puerto Rican heritage, starred in the Broadway version of the film
Miranda is seen on set with director John Chu, filming In the Heights, which has just been released in movie theatres and on Disney Plus
Miranda, 41, who created and starred in the original Broadway version of In The Heights, responded on Monday to the backlash with a statement posted on Twitter.
‘I started writing ‘In the Heights’ because I didn’t feel seen. And over the past 20 years all I wanted was for us — ALL of us — to feel seen,’ he said.
Miranda, 41, has apologized for the casting of his new film
‘I’m seeing the discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film this weekend and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don’t feel sufficiently represented within it, particularly among the leading roles.
‘I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback.
‘I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short.
‘I’m truly sorry. I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening.
‘I promise to do better in my future projects.’
Maher’s panel agreed with the host that the outcry was unnecessary.
Paul Begala, a CNN commentator, said critics ‘can’t seem to distinguish between an oversight and an outrage.’
He said activists needed to focus their attention on issues such as health and financial disparities between black and white Americans.
‘Those are outrages and liberals ought to be focused on that, not the casting choices of, I think, a heroic guy who’s making a film about a minority community, ‘ Begala said.
Maher continued: ‘Obviously, he felt it was important enough for him to make this apology.
‘Do I think he really thinks he needs to apologize? I don’t. He just wants to avoid the news cycle.
‘I don’t blame him, you know. I understand this, but at some point, people are going to have to stand up to these bullies because that’s what it is!
‘It’s bullying. It’s ‘I could make you crawl like a dog and I enjoy it.’
Maher said that Miranda had been the victim of bullying by liberals
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’re like children. We don’t raise our children right and it’s reflected in the media. No one ever tells their children: ‘Shut the f*** up, sit down, listen to your elders, stop b****ing.”