Friends Writers Refused To Slut-Shame Monica When TV Boss Called Her 'Too Easy'
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, gender equality is big news right now.
But many, particularly female, TV and film execs have been fighting misogyny for decades.
Speaking in 2017, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman admitted there was a 'running misogyny issue' on the set of the world's most famous sitcom, which ran from 1994 - 2004. Though Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and the gang respected each other, their characters faced discrimination.
Remember when Paul The Wine Guy tricked Monica into sleeping with him on the first date, in the very first Friends episode? A network honcho had big issues with the storyline:
"There was a man who was the head of the network at the time, a bit of a misogynist, lovely, lovely man," Marta told moderator Ben Blacker at an ATX Television Festival panel.
"And he was having trouble with Monica sleeping with a guy on the first date."
Marta ran a dress rehearsal of the episode, after which the unnamed misogynist said, "[Monica] deserved what she got" when the guy broke up with her soon after.
Kauffman was livid: "Fire came out of my nose," she said solemnly.
Co-creator Crane conferred with the executive, and it was decided they'd hand out an audience survey at the next dress rehearsal.
"He handed out a questionnaire and one of the questions was, 'For sleeping with a guy on a date, do you think Monica is A) A Slut, B) A Whore, C) Too Easy, D) None Of The Above. And it was all none of the above. Nobody cared except for this one guy."
Kauffman didn't leave it there - oh no.
"He was a little hurt by something I said once," she remembered. "So, I sent him a basket of pantyhose, tampons, lipstick and nail polish."
What. A. Woman.
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