Fatness in Film #4: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ And How Fatphobia Is Still Acceptable In ‘Woke’ Media

April 17, 2020

Fatness in Film #4: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ And How Fatphobia Is Still Acceptable In ‘Woke’ Media

April 17, 2020

Welcome to Fatness In Film, a monthly column analysing examples of fat representation and body diversity on screen.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the ‘nicest’ shows on television. It might follow the goings-on of a police precinct, but doesn’t focus on the violence, crime or jaded attitudes we might come to expect from a cop show. Instead, the characters come together to form an odd but utterly lovable family, and being a good person always wins in the end. 

As television shows go, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the good guys. But, it’s not perfect. There’s one major problem with Nine-Nine’s otherwise remarkable record on inclusivity – it can’t stop being fatphobic. 

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Writer, thinker, introvert. I like to talk about film, feelings and feminism. Not necessarily in that order.

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