The Quebec adaptation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine faces the reaction of actors and Quebecers


Quebec’s French adaptation of the popular American detective comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, already takes heat before the broadcast of the first episode – of one of the actors of the original series.Produced by ComediHa! and available on Videotron’s Club illico, the show follows the comedic hijinks of a disorganized but efficient police station and is a French version of the NBC show starring Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz.

But when Videotron released a trailer for Squad 99, one of the actors of the first American show disputed the lack of Hispanic representation in the Quebec distribution.

Fumero, a Latina actress who plays detective Amy Santiago in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, tweeted that watching the trailer was like ‘peering into another dimension’.

But then she followed up with another tweet lamenting the way her character was played in the French version by a white actress. Another character in the American version, Rosa, played by fellow Latina Beatriz, is also played by a white woman.

” I must [say] but after watching this … i am suddenly curious about the latina population of Quebec. Just say, “Fumero tweeted on August 20.

Beatriz then responded to Fumero’s tweet with a series of confused emojis.

On August 20, Fumero tweeted again about the Quebec series.

“I’ve thought about it a lot,” she said, “and it basically boils down to this… as I understand that [very] petite in Quebec (and how many of them are fun actors?) Amy n Rosa’s roles could have gone to ANY BIPOC, so it’s disappointing to see this missed opportunity. The acronym she used refers to Blacks, Aboriginals and People of Color.

Squad 99, however, fills the roles of the two main black characters of the American series with black actors from Quebec.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is known for being a progressive show with main characters that are racially diverse and LGBTQ +.

Talhi Briones, a Latina illustrator and novelist who moved to Quebec from Chile, drew a comic strip expressing her displeasure with the adaptation, while wondering if she will also keep Rosa’s bisexuality.

Briones said on Twitter that the decision to change the characters from Latina to white erases the fact that there are Quebec Latinas.

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“I’m really happy for the black community that bleaching a black character is no longer acceptable,” Briones said. “It’s great for them. And they had to fight for it. So, Latinos, we’re going to have to fight to stop being erased too. ”

Squad 99 premieres September 17th.


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