“Friends” Co-Creator Marta Kauffman Says She’s Embarrassed By The 90s Show’s Lack Of Diversity When Looking Back

Well, it’s not like you can turn back the clock now, is it? Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman said she was “embarrassed” looking back at the iconic sitcom’s lack of diversity during its 10-year run from 1994 to 2004. Here’s what you need to know.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Emmy winner said she went from being excited about past criticism of the series to feeling like it was justified. Greg Braxton of the Los Angeles Times writes, “The series’ failure to be more inclusive, according to Kauffman, was a symptom of her internalization of the systemic racism that plagues our society, which she saw more clearly after the 2020 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the global protest movement that erupted around it.”

Friends creator says she’s embarrassed by the show’s lack of diversity

Since then, Kauffman has pledged $4 million to her alma mater, Brandeis University in Massachusetts, to establish a professorship in the university’s Department of African and African American Studies. “I’ve learned a lot over the last 20 years,” said Kauffman, who also served as executive producer on Friends alongside fellow series co-creator David Crane.

“Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It hurts to look at yourself in the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know any better 25 years ago.”

Kauffman told Braxton that last year’s special, Friends: The Reunion, didn’t seem like the forum to address the issue. “I don’t know how the two were related,” she explained. “And I also don’t know how we were able to address it in the context of this reunion, by going into all the things that we did wrong. And there were others.”
Kauffman said she wanted to do something with more impact and, through the professorship, was “finally putting my money where my mouth is, literally.” “I feel like I was finally able to make an impact on the conversation,” Kauffman concluded.

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