Ben Winston, who directed the Friends reunion, has disregarded criticism of the particular’s lack of range
You don’t want us to inform you the various methods Friends — nevertheless beloved it might be — doesn’t maintain up significantly properly. The hit sequence is rife with points, from frequent jokes rooted in rampant homophobia and transphobia to Fat Monica present solely as an terrible caricature of fats ladies and, after all, an entire lack of range in each manner, form, and kind.
If followers tuned in to the Friends reunion particular final month hoping that the present’s stars and/or creators may handle these points in any manner, properly… whereas the 104-minute particular made time for A-list cameos like Justin Bieber, Cindy Crawford, and Lady Gaga, there was completely no point out of the problematic features of the sequence, which ran for a whole decade and featured fewer than a handful of non-white sequence regulars. By the way in which, none of which truly appeared within the reunion particular.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the particular’s director, Ben Winston, disregarded criticism about each the sequence itself and the reunion particular. “We have Malala [Yousafzai], Mindy Kaling, BTS,” Winston mentioned. “There are three women from Ghana, one who talks about how Friends saved her life. Two boys from Kenya. Three kids in India. What more diversity do they want in this reunion?” he continued. “The cast is the cast. It was made in 1994. I think it’s remarkable how well it does stand the test of time.”
When requested why not one of the present’s non-white regulars (akin to Aisha Tyler, who performed Ross Geller’s girlfriend for 9 episodes of the ultimate two seasons) appeared within the reunion, he defined that “not everyone could join,” including, “I’m really pleased with the show we were able to put together.”
During the particular, Friends co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman doubled down on their claims that the idea of Friends was one thing “we hadn’t seen before,” seemingly ignoring the existence of Living Single — a comedy with the identical idea and a Black solid — which had premiered a whole 12 months earlier than Friends did and receives few of the identical accolades and fanfare in mainstream media and tradition.
While Kauffman now says there are “probably a hundred things [she] would have done differently” she principally feigns ignorance in regards to the sequence’ lack of range, telling The Hollywood Reporter after the reunion aired, “I do have very strong feelings about my participation in a system, but it comes down to I didn’t know what I didn’t know.”
Kevin Bright, the present’s government producer/director, had a decidedly completely different take, telling THR, “No. I don’t have any regrets other than hindsight. I would have been insane not to hire those six actors. What can I say? I wish Lisa [Kudrow] was Black? I’ve loved this cast. I loved the show and I loved the experience. I know Marta has a different feeling about it. I think it affects us all.” Well, OK. There you’ve got it.