Friends Co-Creator Says She’s Embarrassed By Its Lack Of Diversity

The co-creator of the hit TV series Friends has claimed that she is “embarrassed” by the show’s lack of diversity. Martha Kaufmann told the Los Angeles Times that she had moved from being upset over criticism of the series in the past to feeling that it is justified.

Greg Braxton, who interviewed Kaufmann writes:

“The series’ failure to be more inclusive, Kauffman says, was a symptom of her internalization of the systemic racism that plagues our society, which she came to see more clearly in the aftermath of the 2020 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the worldwide protest movement that erupted around it.”

Kaufmann told Braxton:

“I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years. Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It’s painful looking at yourself in the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know better 25 years ago.”

In order to make amends for her mistake, she has pledged $4 million to her alma mater, Brandeis University in Massachusetts, to set up a professorship in the university’s Department of African and African American Studies. She said:

“But until in my next production I can do it right, it isn’t over. I want to make sure from now on in every production I do that I am conscious in hiring people of color and actively pursue young writers of color. I want to know I will act differently from now on. And then I will feel unburdened.”

I read once, that writers often write about what they know or what they have experienced. Friends is a sitcom about the lives and loves of six friends, set in West Village, Lower Manhattan.

Martha Kaufmann is Jewish. She grew up in a Jewish community in Philadelphia. It’s safe to assume that most of her friends were white Jews.

Three of Friends main central characters, siblings Monica and Ross Geller and Rachel Green are Jewish. As Sandy Rashty, writing in The Jewish Chronicle last year points out:

Whilst two of the main actors (Schwimmer and Kudrow) are Jewish, three of the core cast play Jewish characters. Dr Ross and Monica Geller compete for the affection of their parents, Jack and Judy, whose home is shown with a mezuzah.

Throughout, the characters refer to their Jewish backgrounds. Monica cringes as she recalls Ross performing a rap at her batmitzvah. Meanwhile, Ross pines after his childhood crush, Rachel Karen Green.

To an extent, Rachel is the archetypal Jewish American Princess from Long Island. The daughter of Dr Leonard and Sandra Green, she flippantly talks about her privileged background, her early nose job, calls her grandma her “bubbe” and has a penchant for shopping.

She abandons her wedding to an orthodentist and forges a successful career in fashion.

Over Chanukah, the set is adorned with channukiyot, from the main apartment to the Central Perk coffee house. When Phoebe performs a festival song, she belts out: “Monica, have a Happy Channukah!”

In another episode, Ross whips out a dreidel as he tells the story of the “miracle of lights” to his son Ben. Competing with Santa Claus, he dresses up as the Holiday Armadillo…

Kauffman told how her rabbi was heavily invested in the Ross-Rachel love story. And in a segment drawing on some of the series’ most iconic outfits, Justin Bieber appeared as the Holiday Armadillo.

How many TV writers would do the same now? How many would make unashamed references to Israeli produce, the Israeli army, Jewish holidays or their rabbi?

Martha Kaufmann wrote about what she knew. It is preposterous for her to apologise for the lack of diversity in Friends. It’s nonsense anyway, as I’m sure I remember a series of episodes where Ross dated an intelligent black PhD.

Drawing on her own experiences, Kaufmann made one of the most entertaining and successful television series in history. She should be embarrassed? Please!

Enough of this woke fuckery.

 

 

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Urban Fox

Perhaps Martha Kaufmann should be more embarrassed about bowing down to the DWP, not the well known and loved department for work and pensions. But the lesser known diversity woke police. I hope that her fellow author J.K Rowling written about over the page. Doesn’t follow suit in apologizing for her current misdeeds. In having the cheek to suggest that people are the gender which they are born. How long before J.K is also asked to apologize for not having gay people portrayed in Harry Potter.

As Richie rightly says, friends most likely depicts the life the author knew. There’s nothing wrong with that and no justification or apology should be necessary. Ironically the armadillo episode that Richie mentions actually has a black actor in the scene, where he buys his armadillo costume.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x89xww5

What I have observed since the turn of the millennium. Is a gradual moving away from dramas reflecting society and creating fiction to entertain around that premise. To something resembling a BBC producers, woke wet dream type portrayal of how they want life to be, and how they believe we should think. With both entertainment and realism of secondary importance. What started out gradually has picked up at lightning speed the last decade. The Netflix series Village of the damned from a few years ago, set in an English village is a good example of this. With almost half the cast being non white. As someone pointed out at the time, this does not reflect an English village.

There’s been none more guilty of imposing how we should think, and how they want life to be, than the UK soaps. Theirs an openly gay vicar in corronation street. The vicar in Emmerdale was female and was replaced with a black man. Almost all the police in Emmerdale, Corronation street and Hollyoaks are either, female, black or gay. There’s been two Asian solicitors in corronation street, the solicitors in Hollyoaks are a stunning young woman and her gay brother. With Emmerdale’s solicitor getting the prize for being both black and gay, and having as his father the black vicar previously mentioned. And every other character in Hollyoaks is either, gay, non binary or undecided. Hollyoaks wins the woke agenda awards hands down and even has its very own trans gender headmistress.

This insidious agenda thinks nothing of rewriting history either. With black police officers portrayed in London in the early 19th century, and Ann Boleyn portrayed as being black in a recent production. As someone who grew up on the North West coast of England in the 1970 tis. I don’t think I saw a single black person before moving down to London. I wonder if a drama was made for television in 2022, reflecting that time and place. Would it reflect how things actually were, or the agenda’s revisionist view of history.

Backbeat

Just to play devils advocate, how many times has a white actor blacked up to play Othello? This being said, I agree with the main point you’re making, but this really is a peripheral issue, anyone who’s really ‘plugged in to the Zeitgeist will know that the agenda uses division for purposes of diversion. Foxy; they’re playing us like a Concert Grand, we ALL need to realise that it’s not Black, White, Arab, Jew, Right or even left; it’s us and them.

Urban Fox

True, Iv written previously that the Jewish faith, Communism, Vatican, Left, Right, USA, all these things are just tools. Whenever i do this, i am invariably attacked by those who like to pinpoint a particular one as behind things. Whilst totally missing the point. The bloodlines that control the worlds history through the secret society network. Dont see themselves as any of these things. They believe themselves to be above such associations, and as you say them and us.

Urban Fox

Perhaps Martha Kaufmann should be more embarrassed about bowing down to the DWP, not the well known and loved department for work and pensions. But the lessor known diversity woke police. I hope that her fellow author J.K Rowling written about over the page. Doesn’t follow suit in apologizing for her current misdeeds. In having the cheek to suggest that people are the gender which they are born. How long before J.K is also asked to apologize for not having gay people portrayed in Harry Potter.

As Richie rightly says, friends most likely depicts the life the author knew. There’s nothing wrong with that and no justification or apology should be necessary. Ironically the armadillo episode that Richie mentions actually has a black actor in the scene, where he buys his armadillo costume.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x89xww5

What iv observed since the turn of the millennium. Is a gradual moving away from dramas reflecting society and creating fiction to entertain around that premise. To something resembling a BBC producers, woke wet dream type portrayal of how they want life to be, and how they believe we should think. With both entertainment and realism of secondary importance. What started out gradually has picked up at lightening speed the last decade. The Net flix series of village of the dammed from a few years ago, set in an English village is a good example of this. With almost half the cast being non white. As someone pointed out at the time, this does not reflect an English village.

There’s been none more guilty of imposing how we should think, and how they want life to be, than the UK soaps. Theirs an openly gay vicar in corronation street. The vicar in Emmerdale was female and was replaced with a black man. Almost all the police in Emmerdale, Corronation street and Hollyoaks are either, female, black or gay. There’s been two Asian solicitors in corronation street, the solicitors in Hollyoaks are a stunning young woman and her gay brother. With Emmerdale’s solicitor getting the prize for being both black and gay, and having as his father the black vicar previously mentioned. And every other character in Hollyoaks is either, gay, non binary or undecided. Hollyoaks wins the woke agenda awards hands down and even has its very own trans gender head mistress.

This insidious agenda thinks nothing of rewriting history either. With black police officers portrayed in London in early 19th century, and Ann Boleyn portrayed as being black in a recent production. As someone who grew up on the North West coast of England in the 1970 tis. I dont think i saw a single black person before moving down to London. I wonder if a drama was made for television in 2022, reflecting that time and place. Would it reflect how things actually were, or the agendas revisionist view of history.

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