A "disgustingly racist" joke that was made on an episode of Friends has resulted in the scene being cut from TV recently.
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It turns out that the beloved sitcom Friends isn't as funny as it seems...And one particular scene has been removed from New York television for being "disgustingly racist." But firstly, let's start from the beginning...
Friends is arguably one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.
via: IMDBWe were first introduced to the Friends gang back in 1994, when Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica, (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) burst onto our screens.
It was an instant hit...
via: IMDBCreated by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the comedy follows the friends, who live in the same New York apartment block, as they together navigate through the turbulent years of their late twenties.
And we grew to become incredibly attached to these characters...The show truly made us feel like a member of the Friends gang, even when we were conflicted over whether or not Ross and Rachel really were on a break... FYI, they totally were on a break.
The final episode aired in September 2004...And we watched through our tears as the gang said their final goodbyes to the apartment we had all grown to know and love for the past decade.
It was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.Monica and Chandler were starting a family, Phoebe was newly married, Rachel had a new job in Paris... As with a lot of friendships, the gang had grown apart and were embarking upon their separate journeys.
Oh, and Rachel got off the plane...Fans rejoiced as Ross and Rachel finally put their differences aside and got back together.
But, fifteen years on from Rachel getting off the plane...We have never found out what happened to the gang. Did Rachel and Ross stay together? Would Monica and Chandler ever get divorced? Did Joey ever make it as a big actor?
Over the years, there have been a few low-key reunions and a lot of false hope...Apart from the occasional reunion on talk-shows, fans have had their fair share of disappointments when it comes to waiting for a Friends reunion.
And even the cast have confirmed in the past that a reunion is incredibly unlikely...
via: IMDBMatt Le Blanc left fans heartbroken last year as he rejected calls for the show to return, saying the sitcom simply “wouldn’t be the same" in an interview with the Mail Online. He added, “People want to know what happened to them. But it was about a finite period in a person’s life after college, before you settle down and start a family."
However, initial excitement peaked late last year...
And finally, the news we had all been waiting for arrived earlier this year...
Each cast member posted the same throw-back photo...
But now it seems the special might not be so well-received...Because young people are rewatching and have been discovering some rather unnerving things about the popular sitcom.
Overall, the show holds a very old-fashioned perspective...
via: IMDBWhether that's on sexual orientations or gender roles (Ross' reaction to lesbians just says it all), there's no arguing that Friends is a little dated.
But the biggest problem that Millenials have been noticing about the sitcom?
via: IMDBIt's all-white cast, of course.
Every single member of the core-cast was white...
via: IMDBAnd the only people of color were temporary characters who didn't hold an important role in the show.
The issue of diversity is one that various cast members have addressed over recent months.
Back in January, David Schwimmer revealed he made a "conscious push" for the show to hire more diverse actors."Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends," he told The Guardian.
The actor continuously pushed diversity on the producers...
via: IMDB"I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color," he continued. "One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part."
And more recently, Lisa Kudrow expressed how the cast of Friends would be completely different if it was filmed today.
via: IMDB"Oh it'd be completely different," Lisa told The Times when asked how the show would look in the present day. "It would not be an all-white cast, for sure. I'm not sure what else, but to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong."
Lisa's comments didn't go down too well...And many were eager to hear an explanation from the producers of the show themselves.
Marta Kauffman then spoke out about this issue.
via: GettyRight now, the Black Lives Matters movement is bigger than ever following the unjustified death of George Floyd, so Marta felt it was appropriate and respectful to issue an explanation.
Speaking on a 2020 ATX TV From the Couch virtual panel...
via: GettyMarta became visibly emotional as she admitted she would have made "very different decisions" had the show been made today.
Things would have been very different today...
"I wish I knew then what I know today," she said, before apologizing for welling up.
"Sorry, I just wish I knew then what I know now. I would've made very different decisions."
But the damage has already been done...And a very popular scene from the show has now been removed from New York TV.
Who remembers the season 10 episode when Ross gets a spray tan?And it goes horribly and hilariously wrong?
Well, a lot of fans have now got a problem with one of the jokes that was made.
via: NetflixWhen talking to the technician, Ross is told there are 3 levels of tan available, and what level he’d prefer. Ross then tells him: "Well, I like how you look, what are you?"
The technician responds with "I'm Peurto Rican."
via: NetflixSeemingly realizing his error, Ross then backtracks quickly and settles on getting a "two" – only for it to then go memorably wrong as he’s sprayed on his front twice after failing to turn around in time.
The episode was recently aired on the local New York channel, Pix11...And there was clearly a number of complaints made as the episode was quickly edited to not feature the "racist" joke.
Even though Pix11 decided to remove the scene...The joke is still featured on the episode on streaming giants such as Netflix and HBO.
Change is happening...
via: NetflixAnd racist jokes that are passed off as innocent will no longer be tolerated. Keep scrolling to read about why Cops has been officially been canceled...