‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ cast donated $100k to national bail fund

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Earlier this week, there were rumblings on Twitter about Hollywood’s involvement in the current racial climate in America. There were valid points made about the lack of Black writers hired and the lack of positive Black roles and Black stories being shown. Another thread making the rounds was Hollywood’s glorification of police. Many of us have a show we love in which we root for the police, as the good guys, every week. Mine is Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I never thought of it that way, but I do see all those “officers” as heroes and the “bad guys” that I root for *coughDougJudycough* are the ones the officers have befriended. Actor Griffin Newman, who played an officer on a few episodes of Blue Bloods and played the director on Cop Show, put out a plea to any actor who’d played a cop to donate to the Act Blue charities:

One of the first to promote this was Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz, who donated using Griffin’s model. Following Stephanie’s donation, the cast of B99 made an official statement condemning the murder of George Floyd and announced their collective donation to The National Bail Fund Network. Showrunner Dan Goor posted the statement to Twitter:

The cast and showrunner of Brooklyn 99 condemn the murder of George Floyd and support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally. Together we have made a $100,000 donation to The National Bail Fund Network. We encourage you to look up your local bail fund: The National Bail Fund Network is an organization that can lead you to them. #blacklivesmatter

I realize that a donation of $100K doesn’t sound like much from a bunch of high-profile actors in Hollywood. I think the point here was to make a collective statement and the donation was a token gesture on their behalf. I’m sure the cast has made donations to the causes of their choosing in addition to this, like former B99er Kyra Sedgwick pointed out. As for the cast’s statement, I think it’s good. There is no ‘but’ and no caveats about protesters being responsible for violence. The focus is on George Floyd’s murder and police brutality. B99 has made statements about the misuse of power and race in certain episodes. I won’t pretend like it ripped the mask of police corruption, but it was more than most expected from a comedy show. So I think this statement is important, both in keeping with the show’s history of not always taking the cops side and as a cop show acknowledging their complicity. I hope this leads to more episodes addressing police brutality specifically and I hope some other police shows/procedurals follow suit, at the very least with casts issuing collective statements in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Good for them.

  2. Lozface says:

    Good on them! The more that is done/donated the better. I love Brooklyn 99 and my all time favourite episode (even though it was really sad) was when Terry was racially profiled by a fellow cop. It was such a straightforward way to demonstrate the plight of POC when it comes to law enforcement. Broke my heart but also showed the bias that is engrained in so many people.

    Here in Australia we are looking at our own treatment of indigenous Australians who have been treated appallingly in custody resulting in far too many deaths. I hope we see change worldwide and we wipe out this bigotry forever. A big wish, but enough is enough.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      Yes, I remember that episode.

      99 has not shied away from storylines about race, sexuality or sexual harassment/abuse.

  3. ClaireB says:

    I donated to a local bail fund too after seeing the links here on CB. It definitely felt like a way to make a difference when going to a protest is not a possibility.

  4. Lucy says:

    I love B99 and the whole cast. Wasn’t expecting less of them.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I love B99, the cast and crew are good people, and they have tried to address the issues more than any other “cop” show I’ve seen.
    But I do hope when it returns, there’s a serious effort to address this in future episodes, and that in general, the industry, especially network television, makes some changes in the types of shows they’re putting out there.