In light of recent events, people have started conversations about inclusivity, racial diversity. While these dialogues and conversations existed even before now, and were just as important, the recent events have ensured people simply cannot overlook these issues. FRIENDS, one of the most popular TV shows that aired 25 years ago, is being watched even today. Except, the new viewers have pointed out the lack of diversity in the show and criticized the makers for it. Now, amid Black Lives Matter uproar, co-creator of FRIENDS, Martha Kauffman has acknowledged and admitted that she did not do enough to promote racial diversity.
Marta Kauffman opened up about it at the virtual 2020 ATX TV Festival, and said, “I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would've made very different decisions.” She further added that they have encouraged people of diversity in their company, but admits that she did not do enough. “I mean we've always encouraged people of diversity in our company, but I didn't do enough and now all I can think about is, what can I do? What can I do differently? How can I run my show in a new way? And that's something I not only wish I knew when I started showrunning, but I wish I knew all the way up through last year."
Not just the new viewers, the lack of diversity on FRIENDS has also been addressed before by its cast members.
In an interview with The Guardian, David Schwimmer aka Ross said, “Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends. But I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of colour.” Lisa Kudrow, who played the role of Phoebe on FRIENDS opened up about the modern-day reboot of the sitcom while speaking to The Sunday Times. She said, “Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure." ALSO READ: FRIENDS Blooper: When Joey Flashed Ross' Face On His Manhood In Front Of Everyone - Watch HILARIOUS BTS Video
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