Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Melissa Fumero has taken to Twitter to criticise the upcoming remake of the show for a lack of diversity in its casting choices.
Earlier this week, we got out first look at Escouade 99, a French-Canadian version of the show in which the team are transplanted to Quebec.
Melissa Fumero initially seemed fairly excited to see it, tweeting “OMG OMG – this is like peeking through another dimension.”
A short time later, though, she added: “Gotta [say] though after watching this… I’m suddenly curious about the Latina population in Quebec. Just sayin.”
OMG OMG OMG‼️ This is like peeking through another dimension https://t.co/ZccuX0qxoF— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) August 20, 2020
Escouade 99 features actresses Mylène Mackay and Bianca Gervais as Fanny and Rosalie, new versions of Fumero’s character Amy Santiago and Stephanie Beatriz’s Rosa Diaz.
Beatriz herself also weighed in, replying to Fumero’s Tweet with a series of woozy face emojis, conveying a general sense of bewilderment.
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The next day, Fumero added:
“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.”
“If the show is successful I hope the creators take that opportunity to hire more BIPOC in supporting and guest roles.”
Escouade 99 premieres in September.