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Old 03-01-2019, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Brooklyn Nine-Nine's #MeToo episode is the best argument against #MeToo episodes

It's amazing that a show set in a police station took 120 episodes to tackle sexual assault, says Marissa Martinelli. "Ultimately," she adds, "the episode argues against its own singularity, as in a poignant scene in which Amy reveals she has been the victim of workplace harassment, something she has in common with 'literally every woman I know.' If the writers really want to stress just how widespread stories like Amyís and Keriís are, they might consider revisiting the topic in Season 7, because sexism, harassment, and assault are everyday occurrences that canít be comprehensively addressed in a single episode, even one as thoughtful as 'He Said, She Said.' Thereís nothing Very Special about them." ALSO: "He Said, She Said" episode shows just how pervasive inappropriate behavior toward women is every day.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine shows how TV comedies can tackle #MeToo stories

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is proof that a comedy doesn't have to transform its identity to incorporate such a sensitive topic as sexual misconduct. "For the most part, TVís takes on #MeToo have been limited to dramas that have leaned into the weighty gravitas of this reckoning," says Caroline Framke. "Shows like The Good Fight and The Romanoffs weighed the rights of the accusers and accused, to varying degrees of success. Comedies that dip their toes into the murky waters ó including GLOW and the Murphy Brown revival ó tend to drop the punchlines in order to focus on the severity of the incidents, letting the stark contrast to their usual rhythms speak volumes." That's why Thursday's "He Said, She Said" episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, directed by cast member Stephanie Beatriz, was "such a startling exception to the rule," says Framke. "Written out as such, 'He Said, She Said' doesnít sound very funny at all ó and to writer Lang Fisherís credit, the episode never tries to dance around the severity of the situation in order to downplay it. Instead, it weaves punchlines throughout by targeting the gross culture surrounding it." Framke adds: "When allís said and done, 'He Said, She Said' is a pretty impressive new entry into the 'TV Tackles #MeToo' canon. It doesnít sacrifice Brooklyn Nine-Nineís typical structure or joke flow even as it emphasizes the very serious inspiration behind its story. It mocks the people in power, not those who get targeted by them. It grounds everything in its characters, keeping them as sharp and empathetic and smart as the show has made them over the years. If TV is going to keep diving into #MeToo, 'He Said, She Said' is a solid road map to use going forward." ALSO: Stephanie Beatriz consulted with Kyra Sedgwick and Gloria Calderon Kellett to prep for her directing debut.
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The whole MeToo movement just needs to go away permanently. It was just designed to get high-powered men fired out of their jobs and ruin their lives. Basically, if you're a white, Christian, conservative male in this society you're portrayed as a buffoonish rapist on TV and movies. It's disgusting, and it needs to stop! Gotten way out of hand! TV shows like this are only adding fuel to the fire.
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