Will anything ever be enough to satisfy the woke mob? One might think that a cast filled with non-white actors might win them over. Or, maybe a movie celebrating immigrants and Latino culture and identity could excite? But of course not, that would make far too much sense.
Movie-musical “In the Heights” is under fire for “insufficient representation” in the cast. Apparently, having a black and Latino cast is no longer sufficient, as intersectionality dictates that this one film is responsible for depicting the entire breadth of identities present in Washington Heights.
In an interview with director John Chu, The Root reporter Felice Leon questioned, “It would be remiss of me not to mention that most of your principal actors were light-skinned or white-passing Latinx people. So with that, what are your thoughts on the lack of black Latinx people represented in the film?” Chu responded that he believes that this is “a really good conversation to have.”
Read the replies.
“In the Heights” was fresh when it premiered on Bway 13 years ago.
But this film adaptation, with its Latino writer, Asian director, and all-minority cast, isn’t “Woke” enough for this era.
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— Clifton Duncan: MFA, BFA, Be Impressed. (@cliftonaduncan) June 14, 2021
How is it more “progressive” to cast based on identity and skin tone, rather than merely judge who is the most talented? The ensemble of “In the Heights” was made up of gifted actors, singers, and dancers, most of whom embodied their roles with depth and honesty, while singing the gorgeous score beautifully. Nowhere in this debate is it mentioned that the actors are undeserving of their roles or play the parts poorly. The only reasons some give as to why they ought not have been cast are race and precise skin color.
Moreover, why does one film have to capture the entire complexity of a group of people? No one film or musical is ever going to be able to encompass the entirety of a groups’ varied experiences, nor should that be expected. “In the Heights” is one
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