Listen: It's Okay To Love "In The Heights"--But Still Expect Hollywood To Do Better
“There’s such an emotional connection with this movie for me, but I can also acknowledge that it fell short in these other ways. It doesn’t mean that it’s inherently terrible. It’s that there is a way to move forward. We can do better.”
Welcome to another episode of BuzzFeed Daily!
On today's episode:
1. When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated film In the Heights finally dropped, it was met with a flurry of social media backlash. Viewers wondered why there weren't any dark-skinned Afro-Latinos in any of the leading roles -- and they weren't holding back. Things got so heated that Miranda issued an apology via Twitter soon after, saying that he appreciated the honest feedback and promised to “do better.”
It all highlights the longstanding issues of colorism in the entertainment industry — and the limitations that continue to exist despite any progress that’s been made. Journalist Monica Castillo recently wrote all about it in her piece The Limitations Of 'Latinidad': How Colorism Haunts 'In The Heights’ and joins us to talk about the controversy surrounding the film, and how it's baked into the very foundation of Hollywood.
2. Victoria’s Secret is ditching its angels for a NEW definition of “sexy.”