Friends came out in 1994 and even then people pointed out that it made NYC look like a place where really no people of color existed and where you could afford a gigantic ass Manhattan apartment from only working 5 hours a week. Well, Lisa Kudrow spoke out about that. The lack of POC thing. Not the whole “they must’ve been undercover drug dealers to afford that apartment” thing.
During an interview with The Times UK (via Buzzfeed) about her Netflix series Space Force, Lisa was asked about Friends since she will always (ALWAYS!) be remembered as Phoebe Buffay (which is a shame since she should really always be remembered as Valerie Cherish!). Lisa was asked to address the fairly common color-less criticism––specifically, how the show would be different were it made in 2020.
“It would not be an all-white cast, for sure,” Lisa said.
There you go. Short and sweet and absolutely correct. Lisa called the show “a time capsule of the 90s” (because apparently people of color didn’t exist until the 2000s?) and hopes that audiences today can view it in that light.
“But, to me, [Friends] should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong.”
In fact, Lisa went one step further and claimed that the showrunners considered Friends to be very progressive for the time.
Obviously, it’s not really much use putting the actors to task for coming up with a reason why they had all-white co-stars, but nobody’s really lining up to interview the show’s producers in 2020….mainly because they’re all too busy cashing their residual checks and living in relative anonymity.
If Lisa really wanted to do us all a solid BEFORE signing on to join the Friends reunion, she would have taken a page from the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen book of ungrateful fuckery and pulled an “I don’t know them”.