'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' set to mine #MeToo movement for an episode
As the topic trends more each day, the writers of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' are trying to get the plotlines right in order to present the sensitive issue in a proper way.
After the resurrection of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' by NBC following its cancellation by Fox in May, executive producer Dan Goor at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday indicated that Season 6 will have "more topical, issue-oriented episodes" and might also include an episode based on the #MeToo movement. Explainig that issue-based episodes are hard to carry off, Goor said, "We want them to feel funny but also give weight to the issue and explore it in a fair way.”
The series exploring a topic as sensitive as #MeToo may be considered a follow up to Terry Crews' allegation against VME talent agent Adam Venit, who apparently groped Terry at a party.
Crews had posted a text image on his Twitter handle on November 30 last year, which showed the messages he had exchanged with Brad Slater, his former agent at WME. The text points out the fact that WME should have known that Venit was "unskilled, unfit, and unable to appropriately carry out the legal and other duties of a talent agent, and knew that he was reasonably likely to engage in the conduct herein."
The actual text to my agent Brad Slater at @WME 28 hours after my February 4th 2016 assault by the agency's Adam Venit.— terrycrews (@terrycrews) December 1, 2017
Yet WME's Co-Chairman @AriEmanuel says he didn't know anything about anyone until my tweets 18 MONTHS LATER.
"Scratch a liar... find a THIEF."#NOONEGETSAPASS pic.twitter.com/SFV3OWbBMA
Crews has always been vocal about the sexual misbehavior and since then has been a prominent figure in speaking out against sexual misconduct. As he testified in June before the Congress about his experience, he said, "This is how toxic masculinity permeates culture...As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abused. This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man’s horseplay is another man’s humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world. That I know how hard it is to come forward, I know the shame associated with the assault. It happened to me.”
While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the proposed legislation known as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, Terry has called the experience his "summer of freedom". Pointing to the timely episodes of the show which included 'Moo Moo' and Rosa coming out as bisexual, he said, "It's about freedom and being able to tell your story. One thing that influenced me was being here and feeling safe and having friends and family on this show that I felt secure enough that I could tell my truth and still go to work. And it made a difference. Each and every person is standing up here right now because it gave me the strength to do that — along with all the women who came forward in the #MeToo movement where I got all my strength from."
Goor is also set to sit with his writing staff to discuss the #MeToo episode while trying to make sure that the storyline captures the tone of the show. As he has already mentioned that such episodes need to be done in a right way, he confirmed that the episode will not be done until the team has decided on how to crack the story. Actor Andy Samberg supported Goor on the difficulty of writing the story referring to the 'Moo Moo' episode as a challenging experience. He said, "The 'Moo Moo' episode took a really long time to be written and to get everyone to [be like], 'Yes, this is how the show wants to do this...There's a ton of stuff that would be incredible to do but we're not going to do unless we have the right take that is doing it justice."