‘Friends’ Creator, ‘Embarrassed’ Over Show’s Lack of Diversity, Pledges 4 Million to African Studies Program

The One With a Charity Pledge: “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman announced a 4 million donation to her alma mater Brandeis University to establish a fund to support scholars studying Africa and the African diaspora.Kauffman told the Los Angeles Times that she feels “embarrassed” over the lack of diversity in the hit ’90s sitcom “Friends” which ran for 10 seasons and centered on six straight, white singles in New York City.

The most prominent person of color cast on the series was Aisha Tyler, who portrayed the love interest of Ross (David Schimmer) for nine episodes.Kauffman, who created the series with David Crane, revealed that she originally thought the criticism over a lack of representation was “difficult and frustrating,” but the events of 2020, namely the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police force, shed new light on her understanding of the series.“It was after what happened to George Floyd

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