Friends Creator Marta Kauffman Deeply Regrets Lack of Diversity Iconic Sitcom


Martha Kauffman, the creator of Friends, was moved when she recently… on the couch with the presenters when she was asked what she wanted to know when she started her career in television. Kaufman admitted that she would like to know what she knows now, because she would make very different decisions.

I mean, we’ve always promoted people from different backgrounds in our company, but I haven’t done enough, and now all I can think about is what I can do. What else can I do? How can I manage my exhibition in a new way? And I wish I had known that not only when I started showrunning, but also last year, according to Kauffman, who is also a showrunner for Grace & Frankie.

The co-creator of the Friendship Show, Martha Kauffman, says the very white version of New York was a mistake

– New York Journal (@NYMag) 8. June 2020.

Although Friends is one of the most iconic sitcoms in television history, it has been criticised for its white basic composition and the lack of diversity of the series as a whole. In January, David Schwimmer told the Guardian that he was well aware of the lack of diversity on the Friends’ website and that he had been campaigning for Ross for years for women in colour so far.

One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was Asian-American, and later I dated African-American women, said Schwimmer, referring to actresses Lauren Tom and Aisha Tyler.

Mr Schwimmer stated that this was a very deliberate gesture on his part. He also noted that the Friends are innovative in their time because they are nonchalant in their approach to topics such as sex, safe sex, same-sex marriage and relationships. He also said that today’s fans should look at the show in context and see it in terms of what it was trying to do at the time.

About Kaufmann and the ATX panel, Julie Plek, panel member and director of Vampire Diaries, said that mainstream television programs where people seek comfort – such as Gossip Girl, Dawsons Creek, Gilmore Dairies and Vampire Diaries – are usually performed by white actors. She says it’s a hard pill to swallow in this group.

Robin Thede, the creator of The Black Lady Sketch Show, responded to Martha Kauffman’s comments by explaining that Kauffman and other television presenters are also part of systemic racism because they are a system. Thade explained that it is not one person who is racist and ruins everything. Rather, it is a system created by racists to promote, teach and disguise racism.

The co-founder of Friends, Martha Kaufmann, admitted that she missed the mark of diversity: We’ve always encouraged different people in our company, but I haven’t done enough.

– — E ! News (@enews) 8 June 2020


Nobody could know it was wrong, that was the point, Mr Thade said. We had to look like we were screaming for no reason. We had to pretend it was an insult to the flag to get down on our knees, not a cry to stop killing ourselves. We have to look bad, and now people know better, and if we know better, we’ll do better, and that’s all people are asking.

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