Lisa Kudrow says Friends creators not capable of writing minority characters

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In an interview with actress Lisa Kudrow, who famously played the character Phoebe Buffay on the 90’s sitcom Friends, she said that if the show ever made a comeback it would need to be more “current” and have “more diverse representation.”

According to the New York Post, Kudrow told interviewer Marlow Stern that show runners David Crane and Marta Kauffman had “no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of color,” in response to a question about Kauffman donating millions of dollars and apologizing for perpetuating “systemic racism” through the 30-minute comedy.

In late June, Kauffman pledged $4 million to her alma mater Brandeis University’s African and African American studies department because Friends had a “lack of diversity.”

“It took me a long time to begin to understand how I internalized systemic racism,” Kauffman said in late June. “I’ve been working really hard to become an ally, an anti-racist. And this seemed to me to be a way that I could participate in the conversation from a white woman’s perspective.”

Marlow Stern asked Kudrow, “But how do you feel about the diversity on Friends?”

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