Known for an occasional 10 lb nugget of truth in the ongoing conversation around politics, HBO’s Bill Maher has one mode of going off on the far left: scorched Earth.
On Friday night’s taping of Real Time with Bill Maher, the firmly liberal host took on the recent controversy surrounding Broadway star and creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda helped develop a feature film for Warner Bros. titled In The Heights, a fantastical musical set in Washington Heights, New York. Production of the film was based on the stage play music and lyrics created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
With favorable reviews and a lackluster box office return in its debut — as more Americans are returning to theaters — the movie’s opening week was marred by controversy surrounding the inclusivity and diversity on screen.
While the cast is a predominantly Hispanic crew, the film received critiques from news blogs surrounding its lack of Hispanic characters with dark skin and Afro-Latino roots.
Rather than leaning into the film’s progressive, big budget representation of various Hispanic communities across America, Lin-Manuel Miranda stepped forward to take the first bow before the critics.
Miranda’s apology read: “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.”
Calling this out as cowardice, Bill Maher provided a pinpoint take on Miranda’s much-too-eager kneeling before an angry crowd.
“Please, stop apologizing. You’re the guy who made the Founding Fathers Black and Hispanic!” said Maher. “I don’t think that you have to apologize to Twitter! For f—‘s sake. This is why people hate Democrats. It’s cringy.”
Cringe sounds … correct.
Maher’s strong take on the matter, fueled by frustration, calls out celebrities that give a doe-eyed look to the camera when asked about politics, society, etc., without a salient take to offer.
Hollywood feels like they fumbled an opportunity to showcase the impressively diverse cast of In the Heights. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda waving the white flag first.