‘Friends’: Lisa Kudrow Pushes Back On Criticism of White-Dominated Cast

by Jeremy Spirogis
David Schwimmer of Friends

Friends stays one of the crucial standard American sitcoms, particularly given its availability on Netflix. However, some fashionable viewers of the present are beginning to really feel as if it’s dated. They level out that the present displays an array of problematic jokes and conditions when considered from a contemporary perspective. This contains the present’s all-white forged of predominant characters. However, Lisa Kudrow isn’t so satisfied that that is the proper approach to tackle the present’s issues. 

David Schwimmer chimes in on ‘Friends’ criticism

David Schwimmer of Friends
David Schwimmer of Friends | Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images for The Rape Foundation

Younger viewers of Friends have begun declaring its numerous points. These vary from utilizing fats of us and LGBTQ+ of us as punchlines for jokes. These criticisms additionally usually contain the primary forged, which consisted of solely white actors. 

While there have been often individuals of colour on the present in facet roles, their tales had been usually minimal. David Schwimmer claims that he used to marketing campaign for extra illustration, to a level. 

Schwimmer instructed The Guardian, “I was well aware of the lack of diversity.” He added, “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.”

As for newer followers declaring the problems with the present, Schwimmer replied, “I don’t care.” He went on to say that what issues is how groundbreaking the present was on the time. 

Schwimmer claimed, “The truth is also that show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled so casually sex, protected sex, gay marriage and relationships.”

Lisa Kudrow responds to criticism

Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa KudrowCourteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow
Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow | Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Lisa Kudrow had related replies to criticisms from youthful followers. The Friends star doesn’t fairly agree with these criticisms, saying that the present doesn’t need to be considered from the attitude of what it did incorrect. 

Kudrow instructed The Times that if the present was produced today, “Oh, it’d be completely different. Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure.”

She went on so as to add, “I’m not sure what else, but, to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong.”

Like Schwimmer, Kudrow went on to say that she thought the present as notably progressive for its time. Kudrow mentioned, “This show thought it was very progressive,” Kudrow mentioned. “There was a guy whose wife discovered she was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together? We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive.”

Fans react to Lisa Kudrow’s feedback

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Lisa Kudrow of Friends | David Livingston/Getty Images

Fan reactions to Lisa Kudrow’s feedback had been combined. Some felt as if her claims held water, whereas others weren’t so certain. 

One Redditor chimed in with, “I think this is a silly claim because as a black man living in a similar city (London) I know plenty of white folk that have no black people in their social circles.”

“It’s probably more likely and more realistic for a white person to hangout with 5 other white people than for them to have added a black Chandler and an Asian Phoebe,” wrote one other.

Another person identified the flaw in these feedback, nevertheless, including, “These criticisms aren’t new, I distinctly remember hearing about these when the show was airing, since I would watch it live. There was even a sketch on SNL or madTV that made fun of this, like one day a black guy shows up and the group are confused as to what he is. All that being said, all the people that say what’s the problem with an all white cast are missing the point. There’s no issue with an all white cast. But when all the shows you watch are an all white cast, it affects people, even if subconsciously.”

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