Lisa Kudrow discusses lack of diversity on “friends”: “It was progressive at the time”


One of the criticisms that has persisted over the years about “friends” has been the lack of diversity in a sitcom centered on six white characters.

It certainly wouldn’t be if the show was produced in 2020, which Lisa Kudrow (who played Phoebe Buffay) claimed in a new interview with The temperature.

Asked what changes she thought would have been made to the show if it had been made today, 56-year-old Kudrow replied, “It wouldn’t be an all-white cast, that’s for sure. “

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However, Kudrow believes that the show “should be seen as a time capsule, not for what they have done wrong.”

In fact, she insisted that “Friends” was actually remarkably “progressive” at the time.

“There was a guy whose wife found out that he was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together,” she said, referring to the character of David Schwimmer. “We also had surrogacy. It was progressive at the time. “

Kudrow also presented his theory on why the show continues to connect with viewers today, more than a quarter of a decade after its premiere.

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“Yes, it’s a funny comedy, but it’s also about people who connect, and part of what appeals now is that young people have this unconscious nostalgia for personal connection,” he said. she explains. “And not just right now during the pandemic, but before that. “

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