Quebec has launched a French-Canadian version of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and if you haven’t seen it yet, the trailer is … baffling.
Au Québec on traduit tellement tout en français, qu’ils ont fait leur propre version de Brooklyn 99.— Louis Lepron (@louislepron) August 20, 2020
Du coup ça s’appelle "Escouade 99" et les personnages sont exactement les mêmes, mais en québécois 🍿 pic.twitter.com/T1jSUteFFw
It feels a bit like a shot-for-shot remake that uses the same script, but with alternate, bizarro versions of the American B99 cast. However, one person who is not at all happy about the bizarro version of herself is Melissa Fumero, because her and co-star Stephanie Beatriz’s characters are now two white, non-Latina characters. “This is like peeking through another dimension,” she tweeted. “Gotta say though after watching this… I’m suddenly curious about the Latina population in Quebec. Just sayin,” Fumero added.
Later, after giving it more consideration, Fumero tweeted again. “I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and it basically comes down to this… while I understand the Latina population is v small in Quebec (& how many of them are funny actors?) the Amy n Rosa roles could’ve gone to ANY BIPOC so it’s disappointing to see that missed opportunity. Furthermore, I love actors so I do not mean to shame these actresses, it’s not their fault… it’s up to the decision makers. Also, you guyssssss Amy is not sexy ON PURPOSE. So that bums me out too.”
Fumero did, however, express hope — if the show is a success in Canada — that the “creators take that opportunity to hire more BIPOC in supporting and guest roles.”
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