Earlier this yr, Friends star David Schwimmer made a press release that ruffled a number of feathers. During an interview Schwimmer did with The Guardian, his remark that there ought to be a Black model of Friends had Living Single followers lighting up social media. Here’s what former Living Single star Kim Coles shared with Showbiz Cheat Sheet relating to Schwimmer’s remark.
David Schwimmer on variety in ‘Friends’
Schwimmer admits Friends was missing when it got here to variety. The collection had few individuals of colour on the present. Consequently, the collection acquired a number of consideration in 2003 when Aisha Tyler visitor starred as Dr. Charlie Wheeler, a paleontology professor. She remained on the present for 9 episodes.
Some followers had been sad with Gabrielle Union’s 2001 episode, the place the phrase “monkey lover” was used throughout her scene (season 7, episode 17). Friends Season 9, Episode 22 additionally upset some followers as a result of there was a picture of a monkey subsequent to Tyler’s face in considered one of her scenes. (This language and imagery is offensive as a result of some racists have referred to African Americans as monkeys all through historical past.) It’s unclear, nonetheless, if the monkey references in these Friends episodes had been intentional.
David Schwimmer’s interview with ‘The Guardian’
Schwimmer drew a number of consideration when he stated there ought to have been an all-Black or all-Asian model of Friends. What he didn’t appear conscious of in that second was that there was a Black counterpart to Friends known as Living Single. The present first aired one yr earlier than Friends. Here’s what Schwimmer stated in his interview with The Guardian:
“Maybe there ought to be an all-Black Friends or an all-Asian Friends,” stated Schwimmer. “But I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color. One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part.”
What ‘Living Single’ star Kim Coles needed to say about David Schwimmer’s feedback
During an interview with Kim Coles, Showbiz Cheat Sheet requested the actor for her ideas on Schwimmer’s controversial assertion. Here’s what the previous Living Single star informed us:
I simply suppose it’s attention-grabbing that [David Schwimmer] had the comfort of dwelling in a bubble. He had this bubble, and the bubble was the success of his present. I really feel dangerous that he was so ill-informed. People got here for him onerous. It simply exhibits you what occurs when individuals stay in a bubble and so they don’t stretch themselves to go searching.
We had been capturing [Living Single] on the similar time [as Friends]. We had been additionally a Warner Brothers present. I suppose they had been simply blissfully unaware of their success that got here out of the success of our present. And I don’t suppose there might have been a Friends if there wasn’t a Living Single first.
Living Single, which additionally starred Queen Latifah and Kim Fields, aired first, from 1993 to 1998. Friends adopted carefully behind, airing from 1994 till its last episode in 2004.
A ‘Friends’ and ‘Living Single’ crossover?
Coles informed Showbiz Cheat Sheet she feels Schwimmer missed out on what might have been an attention-grabbing collaboration between the 2 exhibits. For her, tv is richest when two totally different exhibits crossover and the casts work collectively. Here’s what Coles stated in regards to the missed alternative of a crossover between Friends and Living Single:
It’s a disgrace; and he missed out. I feel all of them missed out on what might have been some actually cool collaborations. My favourite occasions after I’m watching episodes of exhibits are once they cross-pollinate. When they carry individuals from one world to a different world.
Wouldn’t it have been actually attention-grabbing if we might have [done a crossover] on the time? We had been current on the similar time. Poor child doesn’t know what he’s lacking, however the remainder of our followers and household know effectively and perceive effectively how vital that present was for presenting optimistic Black photos.
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