Category: Jon Chu

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responded To Charges Of Colorism In The Casting Of “In The Heights”

June 15, 2021 / Posted by:

In The Heights, the new movie musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and directed by Jon Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), did a bad job of representing the racial diversity of the Washington Heights, New York neighborhood in which it is set. On that fact there seems to be no argument. And it’s not just something the nebulous “internet” is saying either. Charges of colorism and a lack of dark-skinned Afro-Latinx representation grew to a crescendo over the weekend after Jon and cast members Melissa Barrera (who is Mexican) and Leslie Grace (above, who is Afro-Latina) were asked about it an interview with Felice Léon of The Root. It did not go well. So now Lin’s released a statement himself acknowledging that “in trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short.” Somewhere Gina Rodriquez is thanking her lucky stars she can’t sing and gets a free pass on this mess.

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Jon M. Chu Says He Never Told Brenda Song She Wasn’t “Asian Enough” For “Crazy Rich Asians”

November 21, 2019 / Posted by:

E! News says that the director of Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu, has responded to allegations by Brenda Song that she was considered not “Asian enough” for the movie and wasn’t allowed to audition. And now we know, it’s because he stanned Maddie Fitzpatrick, not London Tipton. Just kidding, it seems that Jon M. Chu just didn’t want her for the lead role.
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