Rita Moreno defends Lin-Manuel Miranda over in the heights colorism controversy

The starlet appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night and discussed the debate surrounding Miranda’s brand-new motion picture “In the Heights,” in which he has actually been slammed for including dark-skinned Afro-Latinos in background and dance scenes however not in primary functions.

“It’s like you can never do right it seems,” Moreno stated. “This is the man who literally has brought Latino-ness and Puerto Rican-ness to America. I couldn’t do it. I mean, I would love to say I did, but I couldn’t. Lin-Manuel has done that, really single-handedly, and I’m thrilled to pieces, and I’m proud that he produced my documentary.”

Her brand-new documentary is called, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.”

Moreno went on to include, “I’m simply saying, can’t you just wait a while and leave it alone? There’s a lot of people who are puertorriqueño, who are also from Guatemala, who are dark and who are also fair. We are all colors in Puerto Rico.”

“In the Heights,” a musical about a lively and varied Latinx neighborhood in New york city City, was launched in theaters previously this month.

Manuel just recently reacted to the criticism on social networks by composing in part, “In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I’m truly sorry.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.