Lin-Manuel Miranda has publicly apologized over allegations that casting decisions in his recently-released film In the Heights amount to colorism, or prejudice against people with darker skin tones.

The film, which was released last week in theaters and on streaming platform HBO Max, quickly drew online condemnation for lacking Afro-Latinx representation. Many of those critical said that the New York City neighborhood where the film is set, Washington Heights, contains a large population of dark-skinned Afro-Latinx residents, while the film does not. Miranda responded to the criticism in a statement on Monday.

"I'm seeing the discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film this week and it is clear that many in our dark skinned Afro-Latino community don't feel sufficiently represented in it, particularly among the leading roles," Miranda wrote. "I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback."

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