The co-creator of Friends, Marta Kauffman, has finally spoken out about the outrage over the show's all-white cast...
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) first 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 Ross and Rachel really were on a break or not... 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."
And it isn't just the cast who have their doubts...
via: GettyThe show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman, says she constantly gets "nagged" by fans to bring the sitcom back. "Watch the old ones – there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it," she said in an interview with Deadline.
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.
And finally, Marta Kauffman has spoken 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."
She admitted to not doing enough to make Friends more diverse.
"We've always encouraged people of diversity in our company, but I didn't do enough," she continued, "And now all I can think about is, 'What can I do?'"
She went on to add that she was using the lesson to help inform and make improvements to diversity in her work going forward.
via: IMDB"It's made me think, 'What can I do differently? How can I run my show in a new way?'" she said. "And that's something I not only wish I knew when I started slow running, but I wish I knew all the way up through last year."
It is refreshing to hear Marta own up to her own mistakes...
via: GettyAnd we hope that her wise words will be heard by filmmakers all around the world which will help create a whole new era of television. Make sure to keep scrolling for more Friends news...