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"Friends" co-producers regret the "systematic racism" that influenced the all-white cast

Marta Kauffman, HitsitcomFriendsco-creator, recently systematic racism I talked about her way of doing it, and I believe it influenced the show's casting choices.

Earlier this month she made a generous $ 4 million donation to her alma mater, Brandeis University. The fund aims to establish a professorship donated to the African-American Studies Department there.

At the time of her oath, Kaufman said: I have worked really hard to become an ally, an anti-racist. And this seemed to me a way for me to participate in the conversation from the perspective of a white woman.

Kaufman's co-production with David Crane, Friends, has been criticized for many years for its lack of diversity. Kaufman had felt that the show had been unfairly targeted for years, but since then she has declared that she regrets some of its shortcomings.

FRIENDS, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, 'The One With The Late Thanksgiving', (Season 10, epis. #226), 1994-2004, © Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett Collection
© Warner Bros / Courtesy Everett Collection

When I recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times, Kaufman felt his failure. In this area, we have some responsibility for the show's flaws.

"After what happened to George Floyd, I started working on systematic racism in ways I didn't realize," she said. "It was really the moment I started looking at how I participated. I then knew I needed to fix the course.

" Many things in the last 20 years I learned, "Kaufman continued. "It's not easy to admit and accept guilt. It's hard to see myself in the mirror. I'm embarrassed because I didn't understand 25 years ago."

With Grace The co-creator of Frankieadded that her revelation was the reason she wanted to donate to Brandeis University.

"I feel I was finally able to make some difference in the conversation," she said. "When I stopped sweating after agreeing to this, it didn't burden me, but it lifted me up, but it's not over until I can do it right in my next piece. I would like to continue to actively pursue young color artists, conscious of hiring people with colors in all my works. I want to know that I will behave differently from now on. It feels like it's not a burden. "

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