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“I got thrown in the garbage”; Lin-Manuel Miranda Was “Bullied” By Rapper

today18 June 2021

Background

In light of recent bullying allegations going around between Chrissy Teigen and Michael Costello, how could we forget Lin-Manuel Miranda’s recount of his high school days? In a podcast back in 2016, the Hamilton creator revealed that his high school bully was rapper Immortal Technique. 

 

“He was our school bully. He terrorized kids, he threw them in the garbage,” said Miranda. “I got thrown in the garbage by him.”

 

Since then, somebody started a Change.org petition to “Get Immortal Technique to Throw Lin-Manuel Miranda in the trash can again.” 

 

 

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A post shared by Lin Manuel (@lin.manuelmirandaofficial)

 

Tech then responded to the campaign on his Twitter account, tweeting,

 

“Whoever made this. Pls take it down. He wasn’t dissing me, it was a story about personable growth & media twisted it.” He added, “Much Love & Respect for my brother & his beautiful family.” 

 

In a statement via email to Complex, he said,

 

“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.”

 

He also added,

 

“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.”

 

Regarding his alleged past as a bully, he revealed that,

 

“I thought by showing strength and power, people would fear me and therefore respect me. 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.” 

 

Most bully behaviours come from a place of anger and various other psychological issues. While this does not justify the act of bullying, it’s important for us to note the root of these issues and nip them in the bud. Don’t forget that we all make mistakes, but it’s important to own up to them and make our amends.

 

It’s never too late to change.

 

*Cover image via Instagram @techimmortal
and Neilson Barnard/Getty Images  

Written by: Farah Qistina


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