Lisa Kudrow defended the creators of Friends, who had drawn criticism because the legendary series was seen as not inclusive of people of color. According to the actor Phoebe Buffay, the comedy series that has been running for 10 years was born from the personal experiences of its creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman.
“I feel like it’s an event created by two people who study at Brandeis and write about their lives after college,” said Lisa Kudrow during a talk with the Daily Beasts which was released Wednesday (10/8).
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“And as for the show itself, when it’s a character-based comedy, it’s written as it is known. They have nothing to do with writing stories about experiences with people of color.”
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“I think at the time, the main problem I saw was, where are the interns?” he continued. Kudrow’s comments come after Friends were deemed by some critics as underlying diversity and too exclusive of white people.
One of the most popular shows of all time follows the journey of six friends, all white and heterosexual, living in Greenwich Village, New York City.
The Greenwich Village area is one of the most prominently LGBT-friendly areas in New York City, a city that is best known for its diversity in the United States.
Not only that, during the series’ decade of airing from 1994-2004, Friends rarely featured characters with players of color.
For that, Kauffman also admits to regretting and realizing his past mistakes. The regret even made Kauffman donate US $ 4 million or equivalent to Rp. 59.6 billion (US $ 1 = Rp. 14,923) to his alma mater, Brandeis University.
The funds are used to fund education in the campus’s Department of African and African-American Studies, which is the oldest study-related major in the country.
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Kauffman admitted that the George Floyd tragedy in 2020 was one of the moments when he realized how his country was struggling with the issue of racism to the grassroots.
“I knew then I needed to correct direction,” Kauffman told the Los Angeles Times at the time. According to Kauffman, that’s the reason he donated millions of dollars to his alma mater.
“It took me a long time to begin to understand how I internalize systemic racism. I’ve worked so hard to be a supporter, an anti-racism,” says Kauffman.
“And this seems to me is the way I can participate in this conversation from a white woman’s point of view.” he continued.
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