Friends Creators Declined A More Diverse Cast Than Six Straight White People
With millennials re-watching Friends for the first time in a long time, people are noticing some... stuff.
We're all familiar with the common criticism of Friends being a bit vanilla.
As wonderful and hilarious as it is, we think it's fair when people question the representation issue of the cast being six straight, white, able-bodied people.
Okay, so although Ross dated Julie in Season 2 and Joey and Ross dated Dr. Charlie Wheeler in Season 9, we do think they could have tried a bit harder to be more inclusive...
It turns out that this wasn't always going to be the case, though.
Karey Burke (EVP, Freeform Programming & Development), was in the room when Marta Kauffman and David Crane pitched Friends and told The Hollywood Reporter that when execs tried to push for a more diverse cast than six straight white people, the creators pushed back; "they wrote the script with specific people in mind."
She explained that she thinks things wouldn't be quite the same in 2018, saying: "I think now it might be a different conversation. I also think that was Gen X, and I think Millenials and subsequently Gen Z are far more diverse generations," Burke said. "And I think to honestly serve those generations...it might feel a little tone deaf to not be more inclusive."
Maybe it's time for a budding new writer to concoct a new take on a similar endeavor. And for the creators to welcome that change with open arms.
Let's keep the fierce fashion sense, though.
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