Brooklyn Nine-Nine Episode Aired With 'Mistranslated' Dialogue Promoting Political Candidate

Boyle In Brooklyn Nine-Nine HalloVeen episode

This week in wild news we’ve learned that an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine aired in Brazil with a little bit of added dialogue throw in. The Fox-turned-NBC sitcom was translated from English into Portuguese and some political dialogue was written into the script for Charles Boyle.

In Brazil, Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs on TNT Brasil. Recently, when an episode of the show was airing, it featured B-99 character Charles Boyle voicing support for Jair Bolsonaro, a politician and member of Brazil’s conservative Social Liberal Party who also happens to be the current President of Brazil.

The episode in question is Season 5 Episode 4, otherwise known as “HalloVeen.” While that’s actually a really memorable episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as it’s the one –and spoilers if you are seasons behind—where Jake proposes to Amy and she accepts, it’s not an episode that’s political. It’s most certainly not an episode that would take a stand on politics in Brazil and the episode in English does not even mention the politician.

It should be noted that “HalloVeen” originally aired in the U.S. in October of 2017 whereas Balsonaro was elected in October of 2018 and was sworn in as President on January 1 of this year.

The Wrap says that Brooklyn Nine-Nine showrunner Dan Goor was made aware of the “mistranslation” of various portions of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode. The translation was then looked at and is allegedly being fixed. You can see how it all went down between Dan Goor and a fan account who alerted the showrunner below. So far, no one reportedly knows exactly how or why the episode was mistranslated for those viewing it in Brazil.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is recorded over by a dubbing company in Brazil into Portuguese. The company who originally dubbed the episode is reportedly also the company that is fixing the nods to Jair Bolsonaro implying that Charles Boyle supports the Brazilian politician. The mistake will be fixed for future airings of “HalloVeen.”

In the States, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is more known for referencing various movie plotlines than it is for getting into politics. The show is currently in its seventh season, which is airing on NBC.

New episodes air on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET. Alternatively, you can catch episodes like “HalloVeen” but without the extra Brazilian politics on Hulu or see what else is heading to the schedule with our full midseason premiere guide.

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