Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero calls out whitewashed Quebec remake

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Melissa Fumero has criticised the French-Canadian remake of the show for its lack of diversity.

The internet is baffled after discovering that the comedy has been remade in Quebec, with the trailer going viral this week.

Escouade 99 (Squad 99) appears to be a shot-for-shot remake of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with some of the characters carbon copies of the originals – the new Scully may well have just been transferred from New York.

However, the Latina character of Amy Santiago is now a white woman named Fanny, played by Mylène Mackay, while the Rosa Diaz character – Rosalie – is now also white and played by Bianca Gervais. 

Fumero, who plays Amy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, tweeted the trailer, writing: ‘OMG OMG OMG This is like peeking through another dimension’ – before pointing out the whitewashing.

The 38-year-old wrote: ‘Gotta day though after watching this… I’m suddenly curious about the Latina population in Quebec. Just sayin.’

Stephanie Beatriz, who plays Rosa, also weighed in, sharing a string of woozy face emojis.

Fumero – whose parents are Cuban – later tweeted: ‘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.

‘Lastly, if the show is successful I hope the creators take that opportunity to hire more BIPOC in supporting and guest roles.’

Melissa wasn’t the only star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine who was confused by the remake.

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