A co-creator behind one of the biggest sitcoms in US history –‘Friends’- apologized for the casts lack of diversity this week; unveiling a $4 million donation to African American studies.
“Marta Kauffman, who co-created the show with David Crane about a group of six close friends living in New York City, told the Los Angeles Times in an interview that she used to get irritated by the criticism the show received for its lack of diversity and felt it was being unfairly singled out,” reports The Hill.
“It was difficult and frustrating,” Kauffman said.
“I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years,” Kauffman told the Times. “Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It’s painful looking at yourself in the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know better 25 years ago.”
“It was after what happened to George Floyd that I began to wrestle with my having bought into systemic racism in ways I was never aware of,” Kauffman said. “That was really the moment that I began to examine the ways I had participated. I knew then I needed to course-correct.”
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