Famous PeopleThe popular comedy “Friends” has been regularly criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity in its cast. The series’ creator, Marta Kaufman (65), has already apologized for it. Now actress Lisa Kudrow (59) is jumping the gap for the makers. It seems that “they have no right to write about the experiences of people of different skin color.”
The sitcom Friends has been criticized in recent years for its lack of variety. For example, there is not a single actor with a darker skin tone in the main cast. Fingers have been pointed at the creators, David Crane and Marta Kaufman, but in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, actress Lisa Kudrow defended the duo: “I feel like this show was written by two people who wanted to write about their private lives after college. Especially for the shows, when you become A character-driven comedy, you write what you know. They wrote about things they know themselves.” The actress added that she also doesn’t think it’s her job to talk about the experiences of people of different skin color. “They have no business writing stories about the experiences of a person of color.”
Actress Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe Buffay, has previously spoken about it. In 2020, she admitted to the Sunday Times that the series would look very different if produced today. “Friends” was more diverse and “the show wasn’t an all-white cast.”
The comedy series Friends was shown on television from 1994 to 2004, but it remains one of the most popular series of all time to this day. However, society has changed dramatically over the years. Kaufman now realizes this himself. She apologized in an interview with the BBC. “I must say that the lack of diversity was unfortunately my fault. I was clearly a part of the systemic racism in our industry. The fact that I wasn’t aware of it makes me really stupid. The lack of diversity on the show is a fair comment, which makes me emotional” . She would have done things completely differently now. “I didn’t know any better, but I learned a lot.” She added to the Los Angeles Times, “From now on, I will make sure to consciously hire people of color and actively seek out young writers of color in every production I make.”
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