Like many productions that have been released for more than 10 years, friends it has some issues that have aged poorly over time. From the current point of view, the show has been criticized for its sexist, homophobic jokes and also for the lack of racial diversity in the cast.being that the six main friends and all the secondary characters were white in the middle of New York in the 90s and 2000s.
One of the creators of the successful sitcom spoke about this topic, Martha Kaufmann, and reflected: “I want to make sure, from now on and in all the productions that I do, I am aware of the need to hire people of color and to actively look for young writers of color. I want to know that from now on I will act differently. And then I will feel free from burdens.” Now, has been Lisa Kudrow, the actress who played Phoebe on the show, who took a stand on the lack of diversity in an interview with TheDailyBeast.
“I think it was a series created by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college. When you’re going to do a character-driven comedy, especially if it’s a series, you write what you know.“, he expressed. And he continued: “It didn’t make sense for them to write about the experiences of being a person of color. At that time the big problem had to be ‘what will the characters learn?’”.
The interesting thing about Kudrow’s reflection is that he does not condemn the program for the decisions that were made at the time and contextualizes them, although having a critical vision. The truth is that the initial kick of friends were the experiences of its two creators: Kauffman and David Crane, which would undoubtedly strongly condition the content.