The internet loves, loves, loves “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” From its diverse cast to progressive yet funny storylines, this cop sitcom garnered a huge fanbase all over the world.
Now, this not-so-average cop sitcom went above and beyond. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” cast and crew donated $100,000 to the National Bail Bond in support of #BlackLivesMatter.
Dan Goor, the producer and co-creator of the show, condemned the murder of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer took his life by kneeling on his neck. “The cast and showrunner of Brooklyn 99 condemn the murder of George Floyd,” tweets Goor. “[We] support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally. Together we have made a $100,000 donation to The National Bail Fund Network.”
Latina actor Stephanie Beatriz, who plays Rosa Diaz, made an $11,000 donation to the Community Justice Exchange in support of #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators. “I’m an actor who plays a detective on TV. If you currently play a cop? If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop? I’ll let you do the math,” tweets Beatriz.
Her donation follows “Blue Blood’s” Griffin Newman who emphasized the importance of actors working in cop shows to show solidarity in fighting for injustices.
As of now, fans and activists are criticizing cop shows like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as police propaganda. This show is progressive, diverse and enjoyable to say the least. It has also tackled police brutality and the hardships of being a proud gay man in the police force. Shows like these might have good intentions, but it doesn’t mirror the current role of the police force in our lives.
We would love for cops like Jake Peralta, a male, progressive feminist to exist or a proud and powerful gay man like Captain Raymond Holt to protect our communities—but they’re not real people. We live in a reality that police brutality remains rampant. Until now, we are afraid of the people whose job is to “serve and protect” us.
Still from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
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