Hamilton founder Lin-Manuel Miranda sent the Internet into a frenzy after he revealed, during his interview with WTF with Marc Maron, that rapper and urban activist Immortal Technique used to throw him in the trash can back in high school. But in response to fan concern and the media’s interest in exaggerating the story, the activist released a statement addressing the boy he was versus the man he is today.
Immortal Technique, also known as Felipe Andres Coronel, commented on the numerous media stories centering his high school days in a thoughtful statement to Complex, saying that he and Miranda, both, found largely “misleading” coverage.
“After listening to the podcast that all of this originated from, we both found the clickbait headlines misleading. It was a story about personal growth and redemption, and people twisted it into us being long-time adversaries,” he said.
He noted that he was good friends with the Broadway actor and, that despite their past, they had nothing but great respect and love for one another: “We have always been very proud of each others’ success, and we even joked about these articles with each other on Twitter over the weekend. To this day, I’m appreciative to say that we are friends, we are both staunch supporters of immigrant rights, and we will continue the fight against bigotry in our respective ways… I just thought, that without a larger context, something could be lost in all this friendly exchange. I wouldn’t want my supporters to get the impression that anyone was trying to normalize childish bullying, especially coming from someone who now fights for others.”
The Peruvian MC concluded his statement by pointing out how he’s evolved since his wild and careless teen self. “People have told me that back in high school they saw me as both a reckless antagonist and a well-meaning vigilante,” he continued. “As a result, I’m sorry to say that I hurt some of the people I should have been protecting. I ended up exacerbating a lot of my problems. And I guess, at 17, it was hard for me to see that the person I was really fighting was myself.”
Although many fans focused solely on Immortal Technique’s high school aggression, during his interview, Miranda also pointed out his former tormentor’s humanitarian work and actions since then. Some fans formed a Change.org petition to “Get Immortal Technique To Throw Lin-Manuel Miranda In The Trash Can Again.” But it’s safe to say, Immortal Technique won’t be making that mistake again.