Why ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Matters

I usually begin an article off in a happy, cheery kind of mood but it’s not. Its a sad time for TV because FOX canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I would also include gifs, but I feel like it’s not the right time. In fact, I feel like we need a serious conversation and why we need it.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine wasn’t only a show to everyone who watched it, it felt like coming home to family every Sunday night. A family who would make you laugh no matter what mood you’re in. I turned to this series once my grandmother passed, I usually saved two episodes because it was only thirty minutes and I didn’t want the thirty-minutes to go by. I was able to get lost in this show, it also made me forget my problems for a bit until it was over.

The characters never turned on someone because of their looks, ethnicity or background. In fact, they actually welcome some of them into their lives. Not only that, the entire cast was made up of people with different backgrounds. Two of the female leads are Latina, one’s a bisexual Latina who we saw come out to her family for the 100th episode, and we all wanted to hug her and welcome her into our home. There are two African-Americans males, one was Captain Raymond Holt, a gay captain who faced a lot of homophobia and one played the soft,  but yet sturdy sergeant Terry who gotten racially profiled in Season 4 (which is happening in the world right now.)

Earlier I was working on an article why FOX shouldn’t cancel the show because of how amazing the show approached different subjects, including racial profiling and the LGBTQIA community. Like I mentioned above, they did an episode in the fourth season, where Terry was outside of his own house when a police officer was convinced that he didn’t belong in that neighborhood just because he’s a giant, big black man. Thus, opening up the narrative to look at how we need to talk about racial profiling and how we need to address it. Sure, the episode had its comedy, but when it had the comedy, it was at the right moment.

In the first episode of the series, we met Captain Raymond Holt, an open-gay married man and as the show progressed, we learned that he dealt with homophobia at his previous precinct. In many flashbacks, we see Raymond dealing with that along with racism among his peers. Yet, he still holds his head high and continues to prove everyone wrong. This past season, Rosa Diza came out as bisexual.

This is huge because the bisexual community never had perfect representation until now. The actress, Stephanie Beatriz came out on Twitter, and the writers of the show sat her down and came to her about Rosa’s coming out story, which she had 100% involvement on telling Rosa’s story. In the episode “Game Night”, she came out to her parents as bisexual, yet her parents wanted her to date a guy and get married to a guy because she’s going through a “phrase.” and they couldn’t accept that her sexuality is different than theirs.

The reason why I put quotes around the word phrase, is because of it’s something that those who have it in their mind that any sexuality is a phrase when it’s not. We are not a phrase, we are valid human beings who happen to love who we love. Another reason why I brought this up, is because it’s essential to our society to have something so confident in the media that displays other sexualities than gay/lesbian.

I can go into more reasons on why this show means a lot to me, and why it matters. However, I think the better thing for someone to do is to go on Twitter/Tumblr, any social media site and see what it means to everyone in the world and why we need this show. No matter what happens, we will always have Nine-Nine in our lives.

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