According to his appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast this past Monday, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the wildly successful Hamilton musical, was bulled in high school. First, I think that should give hope to any kids who have been bullied or even adults who are currently going through the process — remember that you can still become one of the most famous and beloved entertainers in the world, regardless of what’s happening now. Anyway, the more interesting thing about the story isn’t that Manuel was bullied but by who: Immortal Technique, aka Felipe Andres Coronel.
Manuel tells Maron about the experience right around the 39 minute mark on the podcast:
“He was our school bully. He terrorized kids, he threw them in the garbage. I got thrown in the garbage by him. He got a part senior year [in the school play] and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in a fucking play with the dude that scares the shit out of all my friends.”
Unsurprisingly, though, Manuel holds no ill will toward his former bully:
“He’s one of the most political, ideological [rappers], he really made an incredible life for himself as a rapper. He was a really angry kid and it’s been wonderful to watch him grow up and find a political outlet for that anger.”
I pray to one day be that forgiving to the people who have tormented me, both in high school and as an adult. Lin-Manuel Miranda remains an inspiration in pretty much every way possible.