The Los Angeles Times would like the show “Friends” to go back in time and retroactively feature a more diverse cast.
“It should have been subtitled, ‘The One Where they Ignored Diversity — Again,’” television reporter Greg Braxton wrote in a column published a day after the series’ much-anticipated reunion aired on HBO Max.
Braxton went on to say that, given today’s more “diverse and inclusive” TV landscape, “it’s uncomfortable — if not outright inappropriate — to raise a glass to a sitcom that was so blind to the multiculturalism of the world where it took place.”
He also argued the show’s timing, appearing a year after George Floyd’s death “sparked massive protests against police brutality and amid the ongoing conversation about race relations and white supremacy,” made its lack of focus on race all the more offensive.
In separate interviews with The Hollywood Reporter, Friends’ executive producer Kevin Bright and creator Marta Kauffman defended their casting choices, saying they were based on