Marta Kauffman, who created the show alongside David Crane, has admitted that there is a lack of racial and sexual diversity throughout the series' ten seasons.
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This 2020, the series of more than 25 years, has been the focus of the headlines of various American entertainment media, due to the lack of diversity of the program, since an observation was made that, if it was already well known, Marta Kauffman has confirmed it .
Since everything seems to indicate that the ten-season comedy is heavily criticized for the same issue, which, more and more viewers are discovering it.
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And it is that, despite the great fanaticism, the reproaches regarding the absence of diversity within the cast and about the treatment of the sexuality of the characters within the script have been constantly criticized.
For what the creator of Friends, 63 years old, has referred to the subject in a virtual conference, as follows: "I wish at that time I had known what I know today," he confessed amid tears and apologies Kauffman.
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Likewise, he reflected on the past, affirming that people of diversity within the company were always encouraged, however, he admitted that perhaps he has not done it sufficiently, for which reason he mentioned “Now all the time I think about What could do? What could I do differently? How can I lead from a new perspective? ”
It should be noted that during the ten years it was on the air, only two people of color participated in the program. On the other hand, the absence of gay characters along with repeated gordophobic and homophobic jokes was never compensated for by the story of Ross's former lesbian woman, who was always treated with frivolity and too much humor to take love between two women seriously.
On the other hand, David Schwimmer responded to these criticisms defending how progressive the series was at the time: "The program was innovative at the time because of the way it handled sex, protected sex, gay marriage so casually. and relationships. The pilot told the story of my character who is left by a woman. "
In the same way, he referred to one of the mistakes that are usually made from the present when judging the past: the context is not considered. Indicating that you have to analyze the series from the point of view of what you were trying to do at the time.
“I'm the first to say that maybe something was inappropriate or insensitive, but I feel like my barometer was pretty good. I was already in tune with social and equality issues. "