Producer Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologized for the lack of Afro-Latino representation in the film adaptation of his play, "In The Heights," set in his Washington Heights neighborhood.

During the musical's opening weekend, people on social media discussed issues of colorism in the movie. On Sunday, The Root's report "Let's Talk About In the Heights and the Erasure of Dark-Skinned Afro-Latinx Folks" and video interview went viral on Twitter and on Monday, Miranda addressed the criticism in a lengthy post. 

"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, particularly among the leading roles," wrote Miranda. "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."

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