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‘Embarrassed’: ‘Friends’ co-creator Marta Kauffman on present’s lack of range

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'Embarrassed': 'Friends' co-creator Marta Kauffman on show's lack of diversity


LOS ANGELES: “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman says it was tough for her to simply accept the criticism that the present obtained for lack of range.

The New York-set sitcom, that includes an all-white cast– Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, ran from 1994 to 2004 however not often featured a personality of color.

Kauffman, who prior to now had stated that it was “difficult and frustrating” to grasp why individuals have been so essential of the present, believes she got here to grasp the significance of on-screen illustration following the George Floyd incident.

“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,” Kauffman, who co-created the present with David Crane, advised The Los Angeles Times.

“It was after what happened to George Floyd that I began to wrestle with my having bought into systemic racism in ways I was never aware of. That was really the moment that I began to examine the ways I had participated. I knew then I needed to course-correct,” she added.

In an try to redeem herself, Kauffman stated she has pledged USD 4 million to her alma mater, Brandeis University, to fund an endowed chair within the college’s African and African American research division, one of many oldest within the US.

The writer-creator stated in her future tasks she’s going to ensure to have a various crew on board. “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,” she stated.